Boise State Falls 3-1 to Gonzaga in Season Opener
Brittany Reardon led with 12 kills and five blocks.
Aug. 29, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - Brittany Reardon and Kaitlyn Oliver led Boise State Friday night combining for 23 kills, but it was not enough as the Broncos fell 3-1 to Gonzaga in the opening match of the Northwest Challenge being held in Bronco Gym this weekend. Boise State opened slow in the first set then played well in the final three sets before falling 25-17, 25-21, 24-26, 25-21. The Broncos will play two matches Saturday starting with Portland State at 10 a.m., then No. 4 Washington at 5 p.m.

Gonzaga opened the match by taking the first set by eight points 25-17. Set one saw the Bulldogs hit 32 percent to the Broncos’ 15 percent. Oliver led the Broncos with four kills and one block followed by Reardon with three kills. The set had nine ties and four lead changes.

The second set was better for the Broncos who battle hard before falling by four to the Bulldogs. Freshman Sierra Nobley led Boise State with four kills and one block, while Reardon added three kills and a block. The win gave Gonzaga a 2-0 match lead heading into the intermission.

Boise State battled back in set three coming out strong and leading most of the way eventually claiming a hard fought 26-24 victory. Reardon and Nobley led the Broncos in the third recording four kills each, with Reardon adding a block. They were followed by Oliver and Taylor Murphey who chipped in with three kills each. Boise State hit a match-high 25.8 percent in the set and held Gonzaga to its lowest hitting percentage at .278. The set saw 18 ties and eight lead changes before the Broncos won, closing their match deficit to 2-1 and forcing a fourth set. 

The final set went back and forth with Gonzaga slowly pulling away to take a 19-14 lead at one point. The Broncos came storming back to tie the set score at 19 all and again at 21 all. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs regrouped and took the set by a 25-21 score to give Gonzaga the match victory 3-1. The final set saw Alyssa Gammel lead the Broncos with three kills and two blocks, followed by Reardon with two kills and three blocks.

On the night Boise State was led by Reardon who hit 30.8 percent while recording team-highs for kills and blocks with 12 and five, respectively. Redshirt-freshman Oliver had a decent debut for the Broncos with a team-second-best 11 kills while hitting a team-high 39.1 percent, she added two blocks as well.

Sierra Nobley also debuted for Boise State as the true freshman had nine kills, one block, three assists, two service aces and seven digs. Gammel finished with seven kills, six assists, seven digs and two blocks. Sophomore Sarah Baugh played the entire match at setter dishing out 32 assists to go with four kills and six digs.

Two other freshmen saw their first action for Boise State as well in Jaymee-Lee Bulda who played primarily as a defensive specialist recording one assist and three digs. Maddi Osburn a freshman from Nampa, Idaho, also saw quality time Friday night in the blue and orange playing as the libero and recording a team-high 14 digs along with one assist.

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