Broncos Falls to South Dakota State in Season Opener

US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Boise State volleyball team opened up their 2010 campaign on the road at the 2010 Falcon Invitational hosted by Air Force. The Broncos took on South Dakota State in their first match of the season in a head-to-head match. The Jackrabbits were able to come away on top, however, defeating Boise State 3-1 (21-25, 29-27, 27-25, 25-16) in a nearly two-hour match on Falcon Court.

Although the Broncos were not able to hold onto their first set lead, they showed great promise for the 2010 season. They led most of the second set and were head-to-head with South Dakota State in set three, falling behind in the final set.

Newcomer Fiona Jones (Transfer-So., OH) was a solid force against her former team, tallying the only double-double by a Bronco with ten kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Cailin Fellows and senior Alisha Young joined Jones in the double digits for kills, each totaling 11. Young led the team in hitting percentage (.333), as well as, total blocks (4) in the loss.

Sophomore Liz Harden also had a strong night on the court adding nine kills and seven digs to the Broncos' efforts. Breann Nesselhuf ran the offense with 44 assists, while Amanda Remy led the team in service aces (2), tying her career-best in the category. Remy also added nine digs to the defense.

Although the Broncos fought hard to win their first match of the season, it was tough for them to stop the Jackrabbits' star player, Ellyce Youngren, who tallied 26 kills (.300), 17 digs and three blocks. Aiding her offensively was Kelli Fiegen who had 10 kills while Kelly Herrmann helped defensively with 17 additional digs.

The Broncos and Jackrabbits were fairly even in the first three sets, but South Dakota State ran away in the fourth set to close-out the match with their 18 kills (.483) team total (set four only) over Boise State's nine kills (.118).

The South Dakota State match was the first of three for the Broncos in the tournament. They continue on Saturday, Aug. 29 with an 11 am (Mountain) match against Long Island University, followed by a 7 pm (Mountain) match against Air Force to round out their first weekend of play.

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