Broncos Remain Winless After Day Two Losses at Northwest Challenge in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Boise State volleyball completed their second tournament of the 2009 season on Saturday picking up two losses to Portland State and Gonzaga on day two of the Northwest Challenge. The Broncos (0-6) first fell 3-0 to host team Portland State (2-3) in a 2 p.m. (MT) match followed by a 3-0 loss to Gonzaga (2-4) in a 6 p.m. match at the Stott Center.

In their first match against the Portland State Vikings, Boise State fell in three straight 25-17, 25-12, 25-16. The Broncos notched 20 kills and a .157 hitting percentage while the Vikings tallied 42 kills and a .310 hitting percentage.

The Broncos were led by juniors Sadie Maughan and Alisha Young as well as freshman Liz Harden with four kills each. Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf added three kills for a .273 hitting percentage while freshman Kirsten Duren racked up a team leading .667 hitting percentage with two kills on three attempts. Nesselhuf ran the offense with 10 assists and Duren added six, while the pair of setters each notched one service ace each.

Senior Jeanene Rose led the team in service aces with two while junior Lauren Hamm racked up seven digs. Sophomore Amanda Remy and Duren added six digs apiece as well. On the net defensively Harden and sophomore Elizabeth Griffin led the team with two blocks each.

Portland State was led by Whitney Phillips on the offensive side, notching 11 kills. Nique Fradella ran the offense with 34 assists as well as adding a blow to the Broncos with nine service aces. Nicole Bateham added 11 digs while Megan Ellis added three blocks to lead the Vikings in their second win of the season.

In their second match of the day, Boise State fell to Gonzaga 25-17, 27-25, 25-16. Young rallied for the Broncos tallying 10 kills and a solid .222 hitting percentage. Nesselhuf added 22 set assists while Rose led the team with two service aces again. Remy stepped up her play in match number two adding 12 digs to lead the Broncos as well as an ace serve. Maughan led the team in blocks with four while also earning a .357 hitting percentage on eight kills.

The Bulldogs were led by Layne Brosky who notched 10 kills as well as Kaprina Goodwin who added 12 digs. Caitlin Cozad led the team in service aces with four while Denise Van de Mortel added 33 assists in the win. Cozad, Van de Mortel and Brosky led the team in blocks with four each.

After playing tough in all three matches, especially the Broncos third match against Gonzaga, junior Alisha Young was named to the 2009 Northwest Challenge All-Tournament Team.

With the losses on Saturday, the Broncos remain winless on the season. They will return to Boise to prepare for the Loyola Marymount Invitational in Los Angeles. There they will take on UC Irvine, LMU and the University of Houston Sept. 11-12.

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