Volleyball Drops Well-Fought Matches to Cal State Northridge and Washington State

BOISE, Idaho Fighting to the very end, the Boise State volleyball team played tough in close losses against Cal State Northridge and Washington State in day two of the Bronco Invitational at Boise State’s Bronco Gym. In their first match of the day, the Broncos were unable to hold off Cal State Northridge (2-1), dropping a teeter-totter of a match, 25-17, 21-25, 27-25 and 25-23. The Broncos (0-3) saw a very similar story unfold during their second match of the day when Washington State (3-0) squeaked in a 9-25, 25-23, 31-29, 25-21 victory over the Broncos.


“We weren’t sure how to feel after today’s matches,” said head coach Robin Davis. “The girls fought hard and played extremely well. They were able to win sets and play in pivotal sets so it was disappointing not to pull through. However, I am pleased after dropping the third set in both matches we kept a high level of play and played tough each match’s fourth set. Our young team had great fight today.”


Cal State Northridge 3, Boise State 1

In their second match of the season, Boise State faced Cal State Northridge in a Saturday morning match-up. Although the Broncos played a well-fought match, the Matadors were able to sneak by with a 3-1 win.


In the first set, the Matadors took quick control jumping to a 10-4 lead. Broncos Jeanette Jenkins and Sadie Maughan added a pair of kills to narrow the Matadors’ lead 10-6. Cal State Northridge maintained composure however, keeping a comfortable lead throughout the remainder of the set to win 25-17.


In set two, Boise State came out fighting, battling to a 10-10 tie mid-way through. Banking on a pair of kills from Jenkins and Lydia Blaha as well as a handful of CSUN errors, Boise State quickly pulled to an 18-12 lead. Excellent passing by Lauren Hamm and Alisha King solidified the Broncos’ second-set lead, helping to win, 25-21.


Set three was much alike set two, with a neck-and-neck race through the first eight points. The Broncos managed an 8-7 lead before bolting out to a 13-7 lead. Looking comfortable for the second half of set three, the Broncos were unable to stop the Matadors who were chipping away at the lead. After a Lynda Morales service ace, Cal State Northridge brought set three to a 21-21 tie and was able to hold off the Broncos to win 27-25.


Much like sets two and three, the Broncos jumped to a 4-0 lead before the Matadors were able to catch up with a score of 7-7. The Broncos were able to hold CSUN from gaining the lead until the Matadors’ Val Kepler registered a kill to put CSUN up 15-14. From there, CSUN was able to slowly pull away from the Broncos, never resting until they earned their 25-23 fourth set victory to seal the match.


Boise State’s offense was led by Jenkins, a senior, who tallied 13 kills for a .244 hitting percentage as well as two solid solo blocks. Jenkins also led match in points scored with 16.5. King was joined by freshman Elizabeth Griffin in notching 11 kills each while King also put up 13 digs and one ace in the match. Junior Jeanene Rose added 13 digs and an ace as well while Hamm tallied a team high of 16 digs. At the net, Maughan was a tough force, recording two solo blocks, four assisted blocks and eight kills for a team high .318 hitting percentage. Senior Mandy Klein ran the tough Bronco offense with 38 set assists as well as adding two solo blocks and one service ace.


The Matadors were led by Angela Hupp who tallied 12 kills, Brittany Williams with 11 kills and Siara Grayson and Lynda Morales with 10 kills each. Amy Hultner was strong defensively, putting up 21 digs while Val Kepler added one solo block and eight assists to the Matador’s defense.


Washington State 3, Boise State 1

In the second match of the day, the Broncos faced a similar situation as with their earlier match. Boise State shot out to a quick lead in the first set after hitting .300 with 11 kills as a team. Finally finding their rhythm as a team, the Broncos were able to crush the Cougars, 25-9 in set one.


The Cougars answered back in set two, pushing the Broncos to set-point, but earned the 25-23 win to even the sets 1-1. In set three, Boise State fought off six match points opportunities by the Cougars but fell short when Washington State earned the 31-29 win. After a spirit-breaking loss in set three, the Broncos fought hard but the Cougars were able to seal the match win with a 25-21 fourth set win.


Boise State was led by Sadie Maughan who notched 14 kills (.370) while also adding six block assists for a team high of 17 points. Alisha King finished just behind with 12 kills while also registering one ace, eight digs and five block assists. Setter Mandy Klein added four service aces to her 35 assists and 11 digs while Lauren Hamm and Jeanene Rose were a force in the backcourt with 12 and 10 digs, respectively. Freshman Lydia Blaha aided the Bronco defense at the net, tallying two solo blocks and six assisted blocks.


Washington State was led by Cassie Robbins who had 12 kills while Jackie Albright and Emily Rooney each had 11 kills. Kelly Hyder tallied 26 digs on the night while Renee Bordelon added 42 set assists.


The Broncos will hit the road next weekend, traveling to Seattle, Wash., for the Washington Invitational. There they will face Portland State on Thursday, Sept., 4 as well as # 9 Washington and Gonzaga on Friday, Sept. 5.


Bronco Invitational All-Tournament Team

Seattle University - Cristin Richards (Fr. OH, 6-1)

Cal State Northridge - Angela Hupp (Jr., OH/S, 6-1) and  Kelley Hanson (Sr, DS/L, 5-10)

Washington State - Breann Nesselhuf (Fr. S/OH, 5-9) and Kelly Hyder (Jr., DS/L, 5-9)

Boise State - Jeanette Jenkins (Sr., OH, 5-10)


MVP - Washington State's Emily Rooney (Sr, MB, 6-1)


Tournament Recap:

Game 1:

Washington State 3, Cal State Northridge 2

25-13, 23-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-10

WSU: 1-0

CSUN: 0-1


Game 2:

Seattle University 3, Boise State 0

25-21, 25-18, 25-19

SU: 1-0

BSU: 0-1


Game 3:

Washington State 3, Seattle University 2

25-20, 21-25, 9-25, 25-20, 12-15

SU: 1-1

WSU: 2-0


Game 4:

Cal State Northridge 3, BSU 1

25-17, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23

CSUN: 1-1

BSU: 0-2


Game 5:

Cal State Northridge 3, Seattle University 0

25-23, 25-10, 26-24

CSUN: 2-1

SU: 1-2


Game 6:

Washington State 3, Boise State 1

9-25, 25-23, 31-29, 25-21

WSU: 3-0

BSU: 0-3

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