Boise State Drops Heartbreaker 3-2 to Tulsa
Maddy O'Donnell led Broncos with 12 kills and career-high eight blocks.
Sept. 5, 2014

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CONWAY, Ark. - Three Broncos recorded the first double-doubles of the volleyball season but it was not enough as Tulsa rallied to defeat Boise State 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 16-14) in the opening match of the Sears Sugar Bear Classic in Conway, Ark., Friday morning. Sierra Nobley, Alyssa Gammel and Sarah Baugh all had double-doubles against Tulsa, the first for any Broncos this season. It was a heartbreaking defeat for Boise State who took the early lead winning sets one and three before Tulsa rallied down the stretch for the win with hard fought victories in sets four and five. The loss drops the Broncos to 1-3 with a second match today against Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. (Mountain).
   
"It was a good back and forth match between two evenly matched teams," said head coach Shawn Garus. "We had the upper hand most of the way winning set one and then set three after they came back and tied it. We definitely had our chances to win it but just couldn't close it out. We suffered a tough loss this morning but now its time to turn our focus to tonight's match against UCA, they are a really good team. As far as players go I was proud of the way (Maddy) O'Donnell played, as well as our freshman Sierra Nobley."
    
Sophomore middle blocker Maddy O'Donnell was a monster at the net for the Broncos with a standout performance Friday morning recording a career-high eight blocks to go with 12 kills, while hitting 47.4 percent. 
    
Freshman outside hitter Sierra Nobley notched her first career double-double with a team and career-high 19 kills, 10 digs and five blocks, two were solos. 
    
Alyssa Gammel added her first double-double of the season on 12 kills and 10 digs, she is second among active MW players in career double-doubles with 25. Sarah Baugh recorded a double-double as well on a career-high 53 assists and 11 digs.  Kaitlyn Oliver and Katelyn Kinghorn each added seven kills to the Bronco effort.
    
On the day Boise State hit 21 percent for 68 kills. The team also had 59 assists, four service aces, 69 digs and season high 13 blocks. Tulsa countered at 19 percent hitting for 54 kills, 52 assists, 10 service aces, 63 digs and 14 blocks. 
   
Erica Bohannon led the Hurricane with 17 kills, two aces and five blocks. Valerie El Houssine matched Bohannon's kills and added four aces, 15 digs and three blocks. 
 

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