Broncos Oust Davidson, Maughan Named MVP

DAVIDSON, N.C. - The Boise State volleyball team wrapped up their final regular-season tournament on Saturday (Sept. 18) with a quick 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-14) win over host team Davidson College. The Broncos, who also defeated Eastern Michigan, 3-0, and High Point, 3-1, in the tournament, improve to 12-2 on the season, while Davidson falls to 6-7.

After winning each of their three matches of the NFINITY Wildcat Classic, Boise State's Sadie Maughan was named tournament MVP, while Breann Nesselhuf joined her on the all-tournament team.

Maughan proved why she was voted MVP in the Broncos' match against Davidson, tallying a match-high 13 kills, as well as a school record hitting percentage of .867 (13 kills-0 errors-15 attempts). Maughan takes over the No. 1 spot on the Boise State match hitting percentage chart, knocking off Angela Barbera who had a percentage of .833 (10-0-12), set on Nov. 25, 2000. Maughan crushed her former career-best of .692 (9-0-13).

Additionally, Maughan led the team in blocks, tallying seven on the night. Nesselhuf earned her way onto the all-tournament team with the help of 31 assists, one ace and six blocks against Davidson. Sophomore Liz Harden was also a big help in the win over Davidson, adding 10 kills and a match-high three solo blocks. Kersti Whitney led the match in digs (8), while also leading the match aces (2).

Overall the Broncos tallied 39 kills, a .276 hitting percentage, four aces, 29 digs and 18 blocks. Davidson was held to 22 kills, a .000 hitting percentage, one ace, 25 digs and 15 blocks.

Davidson was led by Sarabeth Peele with 10 kills and one ace, while Tindall Sewell added four blocks for a team-high. Hayley Lawson added 21 assists and a team-high of seven digs in the match.

Broncos Sweep Eastern Michigan in Wildcat Classic
After a slow start to the NFINITY Wildcat Classic on Friday, the Boise State University volleyball team bounced back with spunk on Saturday morning, downing Eastern Michigan University 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-16). Boise State improves to 11-2, while EMU falls to 10-3.

The Broncos were very strong offensively, hitting 50 kills and a .353 percentage. The offense was led by Alisha Young with 13 kills, as well as Liz Harden and Sadie Maughan with 12 points each. Maughan and Harden proved to be very consistent hitting .733 and .611 percentages, respectively. Young also added a .400 hitting percentage, one ace and a match-high five blocks. Lauren Hamm added a team-high two aces, while Amanda Remy tallied 13 digs. Breann Nesselhuf added 45 assists and one ace to round out the top marks for Boise State.  

Eastern Michigan was held to only 29 kills and a .172 hitting percentage in the match with Rachel Iaquaniello led the team with seven kills and one ace. Jenn Swartz added another ace, while also tallying four blocks. Haley Stein added the team's final ace as well as 13 digs. Ashley Mason ran the offense with her 20 assists.

Boise State begins their 2010 Western Athletic Conference season at San Jose State on Sept. 23, as well as at Fresno State on Sept. 25, their ninth-straight match on the road. The Broncos return home to Bronco Gym on Sept. 29 when they host Idaho in a 7 p.m. (Mountain) match.

MVP - Sadie Maughan, Boise State
Breann Nesselhuf, Boise State
Jenn Swartz, Eastern Michigan
Kristen Baker, Eastern Michigan
Stephanie Walden, High Point
Jorden Benedict, Davidson
Best Libero - Julie Herskowitz, High Point

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