Bronco Volleyball Falls to No. 3 Washington in First Day of Northwest Challenge

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Boise State volleyball team had a tough task ahead of them facing No. 3-ranked Washington in their first day of competition at the 2009 Northwest Challenge volleyball tournament hosted by Portland State. The Broncos (0-4) were unable to handle the hard-hitting Huskies (4-0) falling 25-15, 25-11, 25-12 at the Stott Center.

Washington was too much to handle tallying 41 kills on 74 attempts on the day for a .405 hitting percentage. This included a 12-for-12 effort in the second set. The Broncos were held to 15 kills on 71 attempts and a -.056 hitting percentage. The Broncos strongest set was also the second set, hitting a .158 percentage with six kills on 19 attempts.

The Broncos' bright spot of the day was the performance from freshman Liz Harden who has been consistent thus far this season in her offensive role. She notched four kills on ten attempts for a .200 hitting percentage to lead the Broncos. Junior Alisha Young also tallied four kills, only on 14 attempts, good for a .143 percentage. The pair also recorded the team's only two solo blocks of the day while Harden shared the top spot in  team blocks with junior Sadie Maughan with three each.

Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf recorded eight assists while freshman setter Kirsten Duren added four. Duren also led the team in digs with four while Nesselhuf and libero Lauren Hamm added three digs each.

Washington's Becky Perry and Jill Collymore led the match in kills with 10 each. Perry recorded an impressive .438 hitting percentage while Collymore shared another match-leading mark of 10 digs with teammate Tamari Miyashiro.

UW's Kelcey Dunaway recorded a solid mark of eight blocks to lead the match while Jenni Nogueras added a match-high of three service aces and 16 set assists. Jenna Hagglund notched a match-high of 19 set assists on the night.

Washington not only proved to be a solid team offensively with a high hitting percentage, but they also tallied 24 total individual blocks, 12 team blocks, 32 digs and eight service aces in the three-set match.

The Broncos continue play in the tournament with a 2 p.m. (Mountain Time) match against the host team Portland State on Sat., Sept. 5. Their final match of the tournament will follow immediately after against Gonzaga in a 6 p.m. (MT) slated match.

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