Bronco Volleyball Blows Past San Jose State Spartans

SAN JOSE, Calif. After picking up their first two wins of the season last weekend, the Boise State volleyball team extended their streak to three matches on Thursday night when they defeated San Jose State University, 3-0. The Broncos (3-7, 1-0), who opened up their 2008 Western Athletic Conference schedule against the Spartans (4-7, 0-1), got off on the right foot breaking a six-match SJSU winning streak dating back to 2005.


The Broncos, who were No. 7 in the WAC weekly standings, improved their record against the Spartans (No. 5 in the weekly standings) to 3-14 at Spartan Gym. The 3-0 sweep of the Spartans was a big turnaround from the two teams’ most recent match which finished in a 3-2 San Jose State win in October 2007.


On Thursday, the Broncos were carried by an excellent offense, hitting a percentage of .319 (41 kills) as a team while freshman Lydia Blaha and senior Maren Ericson hit an exact match of seven kills each (.462). In the first set, Boise State hit .471, tallying 17 team kills to defeat SJSU, 25-20. The Spartans were able to record 14 kills (.333) in their first set loss. The second set finished much the same with a 25-22 Bronco win while set three was a 25-20 win for the Boise State sweep.


In the second set, Boise State hit .226 with 14 kills and held the Spartans to a .143 percentage and 12 kills. The third set was a bit more of a thriller with Boise State looking to earn a comfortable win with a 20-10 lead. However, the Spartans rallied and went on a 10-4 run to bring the third set score to a 24-20 Bronco lead before Boise State was able to close out the match. Boise State hit another consistent .233 with 10 kills in the third and final set, while San Jose State struggled, notching 12 kills and 12 errors for a .000 percentage. The Spartans tallied 38 kills and a .144 percentage on the night.


Leading the Broncos in kills was sophomore Alisha King who tallied 11 kills (.364) as well as a tie for team-high with two service aces and adding two block assists. Freshman Elizabeth Griffin hit nine kills on the night while sophomore Sadie Maughan had an outstanding match recording a .429 hitting percentage and tallying 7 kills. Maughan also led the team’s net defense, recording six blocks (one solo) while senior Mandy Klein added four blocks (one solo); Klein also tallied a team high of 36 assists. Lauren Hamm shared her team-high of two service aces while also sharing a team-high of five digs with junior Kati Lewis. As a team the Broncos were able to tally six service aces and 10.5 team blocks.


For the Spartans, Kelly Crow led the way with 13 kills and a .321 percentage. Emily Burke notched 27 set assists while Colleen Burke added a team high of three service aces. Kristal Tsukano led the Spartan defense with a match-high of 13 digs while Nia Freeman added five blocks to the team’s defensive efforts. As a team, SJSU recorded five service aces and five team blocks.


The Broncos continue their weekend on Saturday, Sept. 20 when they travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to take on No. 7-ranked Hawaii in an 11 p.m. (MT) match. The Rainbow Wahine hold a perfect 16-0 all-time record over the Broncos.



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