Young's Record Night Paces Broncos

Game 2: Young's Record Night Paces Broncos Past Vikings
BOISE, IDAHO- Boise State rallied for a thrilling five-set victory (25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13) Saturday night against Portland State in the finale of the Northwest Classic at Bronco Gym. The Broncos finished the two-day tournament 2-1, and improved to 4-2 on the season. Portland State is now 3-2 on the year after defeating Gonzaga during the morning session Saturday.

"I'm proud of the way our team battled back from adversity," head coach Shawn Garus said. "We played well all day, and it was a good tournament for us."

The Broncos dropped the third game after the score was tied nine times to fall behind 2-1. Game four was also tightly contested with six ties and three lead changes before Boise State was able to force a decisive fifth game. In the fifth, the lead changed hands twice and was tied at 13 when the Broncos shut the door with the final two points.

Alisha Young carried Boise State with a record-setting performance. Young set the school-record for total points in a match with 33.5 points, most of which came on her career-best 29 kills. The 29 kills ranks fourth in Boise State history for a single match. Young also racked up eight blocks to lead the Broncos. For her efforts, Young earned a spot on the Northwest Classic All-Tournament Team.

Fellow Bronco Breann Nesselhuf joined Young on the all-tournament team. Nesselhuf led the way with 58 assists, one shy of her career high. She also added eight blocks. Amanda Remy had a game-high 22 digs, and Lauren Hamm led the way with two service aces.

The Vikings were led by Whitney Phillips' 20 kills. Garyn Schlatter assisted on 46 points, and Nicole Bateham had a team-best 21 digs.

No. 9 Washington defeated Gonzaga 3-0 to win the tournament.

The Broncos are back in action Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Utah Valley in Bronco Gym.

Game 1: Broncos Fall to Huskies
BOISE, IDAHO- Strong net play kept Boise State in the first two games against Washington, but the No. 9 Huskies were too much for the Broncos, earning a 3-0 sweep (25-20, 25-21, 25-12) in each team's second match of the Northwest Challenge at Bronco Gym. Boise State fell to 3-2, and Washington ran its record to 4-0.

"We played well for the first two games," head coach Shawn Garus said. "Then Washington served us out of the building in game three. Overall I am pleased with how we played."

The Broncos held the Huskies to a .386 hitting percentage for the match, but Washington scored six service aces in the third game to take control.

Fiona Jones tallied eight kills, leading the Broncos for the second-consecutive day. Alisha Young gave a strong effort with seven kills, and team-bests in service aces (four) and blocks (two, both solo). Amanda Remy led the way in digs with 10, and Breann Nesselhuf tallied a team-high 24 assists.

Washington was led by Kindra Carlson's 13 kills, Jenna Hagglund's 38 assists and Jenna Orlandini's 12 digs.

Boise State returns to action Saturday at 7 p.m. in Bronco Gym to take on Portland State in the finale of the Northwest Challenge.

Northwest Classic All-Tournament Team:
Bianca Rowland (Washington)- MVP
Jenna Orlandini (Washington)
Jenna Hagglund (Washington)
Alisha Young (Boise State)
Breann Nesselhuf (Boise State)
Lana Zielke (Portland State)
Schylur Edelman (Gonzaga)


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