Bronco Volleyball Drops Season-Opener to Seattle

BOISE, Idaho In the first day of the Bronco Invitational, the Boise State volleyball team (0-1) struggled in their season-opener at Bronco Gym, dropping 3-0 to Seattle University. The Redhawks (1-0) earned their first victory of the season by sweeping all three sets, 25-21, 25-18, and 25-19.


In the first set, Boise State earned a quick 3-1 lead, however Seattle fought back earning four unanswered points to go up 5-3 over the Broncos. After two straight kills from Cristin Richards, the Redhawks pulled away to a 10-5 lead over the Broncos. However, Boise State fought back to battle within one point of Seattle after a kill from Lydia Blaha in the middle of set one. With the score at 15-14, the two teams battled point by point to a 23-21 score in favor of the Redhawks. From there, Seattle was able to pull away and seal the first set victory on a Richards’ kill.


In the second, Seattle was able to pull away quickly, not allowing the Broncos to spoil their 25-18 second-set win. In set three, however, Boise State fought hard to over come a 7-2 deficit, notching seven straight points to take a 9-7 lead. The Broncos were able to push the Redhawks and hold the lead up to a 16-15 score thanks to a Jeanette Jenkins kill. However, the Redhawks were able to outlast the Broncos, earning five straight points to go up 20-16. Seattle was able to hold off the Broncos, finishing set three with a 25-19 victory.


Senior Maren Ericson led the Broncos in kills, registering seven on the night, while senior Jeanette Jenkins and sophomores Alisha King and Sadie Maughan each recorded six kills. Sophomore libero Lauren Hamm hit .667 on the night, registering two kills out of the backcourt.


Hamm also led the Broncos’ defensive efforts snagging 10 digs on the night. King recorded a team high of four service aces while senior setter Mandy Klein put up 25 set assists. Freshman Lydia Blaha tallied three block assists while Jenkins recorded an excellent solo block in the Friday night match.


“We felt overall that Lauren Hamm played well at libero tonight,” said head coach Robin Davis. “She passed well and had good leadership on the court. Sadie Maughan played at a high level in sets one and two, but we’re just looking for a well balanced offense tomorrow at 11 a.m.”.


Seattle University was led by Richards who recorded 15 kills and 10 digs overall. Kaytlyn Dill aided with nine kills while Emily Deleissegues added 10 digs as well. Setter Jamie Mellies recorded 31 assists on the night while Emily Powell led the match in blocking, recording five assists.


The Bronco Invitational will continue on Saturday with the first match between Seattle University and Washington State starting at 9:30 a.m. Boise State will take on Cal State-Northridge in an 11 a.m. match and Northridge will face Seattle later on at 4 p.m. Boise State will take on Washington State in the final match of the round-robin tournament on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Bronco Gym. Fans are encouraged to park in the Liberal Arts/Albertson Library parking since parking near Bronco Stadium will not be available due to the football game.

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