Sierra Nobley led Broncos with 11 kills, named all-tournament.
Aug. 30, 2014
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BOISE, Idaho – Boise State came out fired up for the challenge of facing the fourth-ranked Washington Huskies Saturday night battling hard early, but eventually fell 3-0. The first set was close before the Huskies held off the Broncos after 13 ties and three lead changes to take a 25-19 win. Washington capped their perfect tournament off by winning the last two sets 25-15 and 25-17.
“Washington is a great team, they have so many weapons that they are hard to defend,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “We played well offensively but did not have enough of a defensive presence at the net to slow them down. What a great opportunity to play such a good team at home in Bronco Gym in front of our fans with over a thousand here tonight. We will look to build off of this.”
Boise State’s Sierra Nobley led the Broncos for the second time on Saturday recording a team-high 11 kills while hitting 39 percent. The true freshman from Scottsdale, Ariz., finished her debut weekend off with a team-best 36 kills, five assists, three service aces, 15 digs and five blocks to earn Northwest Challenge All-Tournament team honors for her effort.
Sarah Baugh had a solid evening recording 33 assists, five kills and four digs. Baugh joined Nobley on the all-tournament team after setting a career-high for assists against Portland State earlier in the day and finishing the three-match weekend with 112 assists for an average of 10.2 per set.
“The weekend overall I felt like was a huge success hosting a tournament which good competition is also fun for the players and fans,” commented Garus. “We were 1-2 which is not fantastic but we definitely improve over the course of the weekend. I am really proud of the way the team competed, as well as Sierra (Nobley) and Sarah (Baugh) being named to the all-tournament team.”
Against the Huskies she was backed-up by seniors Alyssa Gammel and Taylor Murphey with seven kills apiece. Kaitlyn Oliver added six kills and one block, while hitting 41.7 percent.
On the night Boise State hit a decent 30 percent against the Huskies recording 41 kills, 39 assists, two service aces, 27 digs and one block. Washington countered at 54 percent hitting with 40 kills, 40 assists, eight service aces, 34 digs and four blocks.
The reigning NCAA Player of the Year, Washington’s Krista Vansant had a big night against the Broncos hitting 77.8 percent converting on 14 of her 18 kill attempts. She added one assist, two aces, eight digs and one block. Vansant was named the tournament MVP for her three match performance this weekend.
Boise State opened strong battling toe-to-toe in set one before the Huskies pulled away late for the six-point win. Boise State hit an impressive 57.7 percent in the first set in an all-around solid team effort with six Broncos tying for the lead in kills with three each in the frame.
The next two sets saw the young Broncos fall victim to the athletic and experienced Washington side falling 25-15 in set two and 25-17 in the final frame.
Next up for Boise State is the Sears Sugar Bear Classic in Conway, Ark., next weekend where the Broncos will play top-50 RPI teams in their host Central Arkansas, as well as Tulsa. They will also face Louisiana-Monroe to close the tournament.
Northwest Challenge All-Tournament Team
- MVP - Krista Vansant (Washington)
- Kaleigh Nelson (Washington)
- Tia Scambray (Washington)
- Savannah Blinn (Gonzaga)
- Lauren Joseph (Gonzaga)
- Sierra Nobley (Boise State)
- Sarah Baugh (Boise State)
- Leigh-Ann Haataja (Portland State)
- Washington 3-0
- Gonzaga 2-1
- Boise State 1-2
- Portland State 0-3