Sept. 5, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State volleyball’s Sierra Nobley and Maddi Osburn have been named the Mountain West Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week as announced by the league office this morning. The Boise State duo led the Broncos to a weekend sweep of three matches in Ohio and the Golden Flashes Classic championship. This is Nobley’s sixth career MW Offensive Player of the week accolade, while it is Osburn’s second on the defensive side.
Nobley was awarded the conference’s offensive honor after recording a team-high 51 kills to go with two service aces and eight blocks for 58 points over the weekend. She hit a solid 34.8 percent and added two assists and 29 digs. The junior outside hitter recorded her 1,000 career kill Friday morning against Wright State with seven kills in the first set making her the 14th Bronco all-time to reach the milestone, the second to do it as a junior and is 50th individual to make it in MW history. She also set the school record for the fastest person to reach 1,000 kills accomplishing it in 64 matches.
Osburn was the Bronco standout on defense leading the team in digs with 63 and was outstanding in serve receive with a 96.4 reception rate making only two errors on 56 attempts.
Sierra Nobley’s Highlights
- Nobley led Boise State to a weekend sweep and the Golden Flashes Classic championship hitting 34.8 percent with a team-high 51 kills, two assists, two service aces, 29 digs and eight blocks … she averaged 5.1 kills, 2.9 digs and 0.8 blocks per set during the three match stretch … she also had two double-doubles.
- Nobley led Boise State to a pair of 3-0 sweeps in Kent, Ohio, during the Golden Flashes Classic over Wright State and Kent State and was named to the all-tournament team and MVP.
- In the victory over Wright State on Friday Nobley led with a team-high 16 kills while hitting 30.6 percent with seven digs and one block.
- During the victory over Kent State in the tournament championship match she tallied her first double-double of the weekend on a team-high 15 kills with a season-high 12 digs, she hit 38.7 percent and had two assists, one service ace and three blocks.
- In the final match of the trip at Cleveland State, who is projected to defend their 2015 Horizon League championship this year, Nobley was big in the upset over the Vikings recording her second double-double of the trip on a team-high 20 kills and 10 digs … she hit 35.6 percent and added one service ace and four blocks … she was crucial in the Broncos winning the fourth set to clinch the match tallying eight kills including five points of a 6-0 run to close the set and match.
- Osburn was the leader in Boise State’s defensive efforts in a weekend sweep (3-0) in Ohio and winning the Golden Flashes Classic championship tallying 63 digs and had only two reception errors in 56 attempts for a solid 96.4 percent reception rate, she also had a team-high five service aces to go with one kill and 16 assists … averaged 6.3 digs and 1.6 assists per set.
- In the 3-0 win over Wright State Friday morning she recorded a team-high 16 digs, five assists and two service aces in the 3-0 victory ... she had a serve receive reception percentage of 94.7 making only one error in 19 receptions.
- During the Golden Flashes Classic title match she tallied a team-high 17 digs, five assists and one service ace helping the Broncos to a 3-0 victory … she also matched her serve receive performance from the first match recording a 94.7 percentage rate (1-19).
- She was one of three Broncos named to the Golden Flashes Classic All-Tournament Team.
- In Sunday’s match at Cleveland State she was called the player of the match by coach Garus for her efforts on defense as the Broncos knocked off the Vikings 3-1 … she had a team-high 30 digs (7.5 digs per set) and was perfect in serve receive on 18 receptions in the victory … Osburn also had one kill, six assists and two service aces.