Broncos Suffer 3-0 Loss to Portland State in First Match of Northwest Challenge


SEATTLE, Wash. The Boise State volleyball kicked off their 2008 road season on Thursday evening in day one of the Northwest Challenge hosted by the University of Washington. In their fourth match of the season the Broncos faced Portland State University in their first of three matches in the round-robin tournament. Improving to 3-1, Portland State swept Boise State (0-4) in three sets, 25-22, 25-14, and 25-14 in the Thursday night match at the Bank of America Arena.


The Broncos started out strong, posting a .114 hitting percentage and tallying 10 kills in set one. Portland State was able to out-do the Broncos with 16 kills and a .160 hitting percentage to earn the first set win. In the second set, Portland State was able to up their level of play, hitting .276 and registering 13 kills while Boise State was unable to get their offense going, hitting .000 after notching seven kills and seven errors in 29 attempts. The Vikings were able to shut down the Broncos offense in set three, hitting a .423 percentage with 15 kills while the Broncos were held to six kills and a .074 hitting percentage. Overall the Broncos hit .070 while the Vikings were able to hit a .257 percentage for the match.


Freshman Elizabeth Griffin led the Bronco offense with seven kills while sophomore Alisha King added six kills on the night. Senior setter Mandy Klein was able to hit .333 with two kills and ran the offense with 17 set assists. Defensively, sophomore Lauren Hamm led the Broncos with nine digs and junior Jeanene Rose added seven digs. Freshman Lydia Blaha, who leads the team in blocks for the season, registered a team-high of five blocks (two solo) against the Vikings. Griffin and senior Jeanette Jenkins each added one solo block while King added three block assists.


For the Vikings, Jennifer Oney led the match in kills, tallying 10 and hitting a solid .444 percentage. Lindsay Steele added nine kills and nine digs nearly earning a double-double, while the Vikings were able to run a solid offense off of 34 set assists from Nique Fradella. Fradella added a match high of two service aces while also snagging seven digs in the match. In the backcourt, Jalen Pendon tallied 20 digs while Erica Jepson had three block assists and Lana Zielke added one solo and two block assists.


The Broncos have two remaining matches in the Northwest Challenge tournament. Their first will begin at 11 a.m. (Pacific Time) against No. 9-ranked host, Washington. Their third and final match of the tournament is set for a 5 p.m. (PT) start against Gonzaga University at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle.



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