Broncos Clinch 3-1 Victory Over Instate Rival Idaho State

BOISE, Idaho Despite falling in the first set, the Boise State volleyball team bounced back to win the following three sets of their Wednesday night match against Idaho State to turn out with a 3-1 victory. The Broncos (4-8, 1-1) struggled their first set, allowing the Bengals (3-10, 1-1) to earn a 25-14 first set victory, however the Broncos avenged their first set loss by sweeping the next three 25-20, 25-16, 25-23.


Senior Jeanette Jenkins was a big reason the Broncos worked their way back to a win, notching a match high of 19 kills and hitting .318 percent.


“Jeanette came off the bench in a huge way for us with her 19 kills,” said head coach Robin Davis. “I really liked the mental toughness of the whole team, especially after the 25-14 first set beating. We are a little rusty after three weeks on the road and very fatigued, but we played tough.


Also producing outstanding numbers for the Broncos were sophomores Lauren Hamm and Sadie Maughan. Hamm tallied 26 digs on the night for a match high, while Maughan notched 14 kills for a .400 hitting percentage.


“Lauren’s 26 digs sealed the win for us, she was so strong in the backcourt,” said Davis. “We expect that .400 percentage out of Sadie, but she was obviously dominant tonight.”


Freshman Elizabeth Griffin also had a solid night, hitting 13 kills while fellow freshman Lydia Blaha added seven blocks (one solo). Senior Mandy Klein also produced a season high of 43 set assists and 14 digs in the Broncos’ win.


The Broncos continually improved throughout the match, hitting in the negatives in the first set and ending at .242 in set four. They recorded 59 kills (.154), 75 digs, 12 team blocks and two service aces.


The Bengals were led by Emily Waldron who had 13 kills and three ace serves while Sarah Carson produced a .294 hitting percentage on seven kills. Blakely Peppinger ran the offense with her 29 assists while Jenna Proost and Paige Palmer ran the backcourt with 19 and 14 digs, respectively. Carson and Brenda Cooper were tough at the net with Carson tallying 10 blocks (three solo) and Cooper six blocks.


Idaho State earned a .130 percentage while notching 36 kills on offense while also producing 67 digs and 11 team blocks defensively. The team also totaled seven ace serves on the night. Nearly opposite of the Broncos, the Bengals began the match hitting .303 in set one and ended with a .125 percentage in set four.


“We were worried because Idaho State came out for a really good win over Eastern Washington last weekend as well as the toughness of an instate rivalry,” said Davis. “But we stayed tough mentally to earn the win.”


The Broncos continue action at home on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. when they host their second instate rival of the week, the University of Idaho.

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