Broncos Drop Matches to LMU, Houston in Final Day of Crowne Plaza LAX Tournament

LOS ANGELES - In their third and final regular season tournament, the Boise State volleyball team was unable to pick up a win, dropping matches to host Loyola Marymount and the University of Houston in their second day of the Crowne Plaza LAX Invitational. The Broncos (0-9) suffered a 3-1 loss to the LMU Lions (6-2) early in the day, followed by a 3-0 loss to the UH Cougars (2-9) Saturday evening at the Gersten Pavilion.

The Broncos earned their first set win in 19 straight sets Saturday morning picking up a 25-22 win over LMU. However the Lions were able to rally back and pick up three straight sets to defeat the Broncos 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 to win the match.

Boise State's Alisha Young and Liz Harden were once again the offensive leaders for the team, tallying 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Breann Nesselhuf led the team in two categories, picking up 30 assists as well as 12 digs. Coming on strong at the net, Sadie Maughan recorded a season-high of eight blocks. Stepping up her contributions as well, freshman Kersti Whitney recorded a career-high of 10 digs in the match.

The Lions were too much to handle, however, with three players in double-digits for kills as well as three players recording double-doubles. Alaina Bergsma led the team with 20 kills as well as adding 11 digs on the night while Ariana Covington added 14 kills and 12 digs. Setter Alesha Young racked up 40 assists and 14 digs for the team's third double-double. Kenna Crouse also recorded an impressive 13 kills while Diana Hiromoto tied Young for a match-leading mark of 14 digs.

In their second match of the day the Broncos were unable to earn a set win, falling 25-29, 25-15, and 25-22 to the UH Cougars.

The Broncos were led this time by Sadie Maughan offensively, with the junior racking up nine kills and a very impressive .471 hitting percentage. Maughan also tied with Alisha Young as the team leaders in blocks with five apiece. Young was the second-best offensively for the Broncos tallying seven kills and a .231 hitting percentage while Liz Harden added seven kills as well. Lauren Ham led the team in digs with 10 while Breann Nesselhuf added 23 assists to the Broncos' offense.

On the UH side, Kinsey Cave ran the court with 17 kills and a .371 hitting percentage. Tara Roenicke added 36 assists while Marluci Toazzi had a match-high of two service aces and 13 digs. Houston's Chandace Tryon and Erin Rice led the match in blocks with six apiece.

One Bronco, sophomore setter Breann Nesselhuf, was named to the Crowne Plaza LAX All-Tournament team.

The Broncos continue their season with single regular season matches on Thursday, Sept. 17 when they play host to Utah Valley University in a 7 p.m. match at Bronco Gym.

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