Broncos Drop in Tough Three-Set Match to #7 Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii Boise State’s volleyball team had a tough task ahead of themselves on Saturday night, facing No. 7-ranked University of Hawaii on the road, but the Broncos (3-8, 1-1) played a solid match against their Western Athletic Conference opponent. Hawaii improved to a 17-0 record all-time against the Broncos as well as 9-2 (2-0 WAC) on the season after sweeping the Broncos 25-11, 25-18, 29-27 at the Stan Sheriff Center.


Hawaii was able to open up the match with a quick 25-11 first set win, but instead of giving up the Broncos toughened up and pushed the second set to a 25-18 finish. In the third set, Boise State nearly pushed themselves to a win, forcing Hawaii into extra points and a 29-27 third set win.


The Broncos were led by freshman Elizabeth Griffin who totaled a match high of 11 kills (.161 percentage) and sophomore Sadie Maughan who garnered six kills (.308). Sophomore Lauren Hamm played solid in the backcourt, putting up 15 digs while freshman Lydia Blaha led the defensive efforts at the net with three blocks (one solo). Senior Mandy Klein added 14 set assists while freshman Alexandra Diemer contributed nine assists.


Boise State was able to hit .149 on the night with 30 total kills and five team blocks. Klein was joined by Maren Ericson, Alisha King, and Jeanene Rose in recording the team’s four service aces of the night.


The Rainbow Wahine were led by Kanani Herring who tallied 10 kills (.273) and 15 digs. Four players notched two blocks whole Dani Mafua led the Hawaii offense with 31 set assists. Aneli Cubi-Otineru was a tough server against the Broncos, recording five service aces for a game high.


Hawaii recorded 46 kills and a .277 percentage while also notching 7.5 team blocks.


Boise State returns home for a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday, Sept. 24 against cross-state rival Idaho State.

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