Volleyball Picks Up First Win of Season Downing IUPUI, Plays Nailbiter Against No. 23 BYU

MADISON, Wisc. The Boise State volleyball team played tough against No. 23-ranked Brigham Young and earned their first win of the season over Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the first day of the InnTowner Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin. The Broncos (1-7) first fell, 3-1, to BYU before flying past IUPUI, 3-0, at the UW Field House on Friday.

 

#23 Brigham Young 3, Boise State 1

 

In their first match of the tournament, the Broncos put No. 23-ranked Brigham Young University (6-1) through a battle, falling in a close 22-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22 match. Boise State got off to a strong start, capturing a first-set win and pushing for a second-set win. Although the Broncos were up in the second set, the Cougars were able to sneak past for the mandatory two-point win to clinch the set. Tied, 1-1, the Cougars were able to win the final two sets handing the Broncos their seventh loss of the season.

 

Boise State’s Mandy Klein led a tough Bronco offense with 34 set assists and a team high in hitting percentage with .500 (four kills). Klein also led the defensive efforts recording a team high of 12 digs while also notching a match high of five blocks. Sophomore Sadie Maughan tallied 10 kills for a hitting percentage of .350 and also picked up four blocks while Alisha King notched 11 kills (.241 percentage) and four blocks (one solo). Jeanette Jenkins also aided the Bronco offense with 10 kills and added one service ace. Lauren Hamm added 11 digs in the backcourt as well as the Broncos’ only other service ace. Boise State’s only nationally ranked player, Lydia Blaha (No. 32 in blocks per set), added four additional blocks (one solo) to her season high.

 

“Alisha King probably played the best for us, along with Lauren Hamm,” said head coach Robin Davis. “We moved Alisha from right side to outside this match and it was a good adjustment for her.”

 

For the Cougars, Bryn Porter led the way with a match high of 17 kills (.325) and 13 digs to finish as one of two Cougars with double-doubles. Kayla Walker added 13 kills (.194) while snagging up 10 digs to record the team’s second double-double of the match. Setter Kiana Rogers added 49 set assists while Ashton Hosford added a team high of four blocks.

 

“We blocked hot and cold all match,” said Davis. “It shows that we’re young in the front row, but we’re getting there.”

 

As a team the Broncos were ranked No. 27 in NCAA Division I blocks per set prior to the InnTowner Invitational (as of Sept. 9) and recorded 18 blocks (one error) by individuals and 10 team blocks. BYU was ranked No. 5 in the same category and were only able to record 15 blocks (three errors) by individuals and eight team blocks.

 

Boise State 3, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 0

 

In their second match of the InnTowner Invitational, the Boise State volleyball team earned their first win of the season, putting away IUPUI (6-4) in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-19. In a match that lasted only 1 hour, 15 minutes, the Broncos dominated the court, hitting .227 on the night while holding the Jaguars to only .097.

Stepping up for the Broncos, Sadie Maughan had an excellent offensive night, firing 12 kills and earning a .500 hitting percentage. The sophomore also added four blocks (one solo) as well as tying for a match high of two service aces. Mandy Klein added four blocks (one solo) as well while putting up 32 set assists. Lauren Hamm tallied a team high of 13 digs while also adding two service aces.

 

Not a single Jaguar made it to double digits in kills; however Ashley Johnson and Cassidy Lambring each tallied nine kills. Setter Danielle Goodnight tallied 29 set assists while Shari Bernhardt and Chelsea Bastin recorded 20 and 13 digs, respectively.

 

As a team the Broncos tallied 11 team blocks while IUPUI only had one. Freshman Lydia Blaha led the Broncos with a match high of five blocks (one solo) to prove her No. 32 ranking in NCAA Division I blocks per set.

 

The Broncos continue action at the InnTowner Invitational on Saturday when they face Central Michigan in a 4 p.m. (Mountain Time) match.


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