Broncos Swept by No. 4 Hawaii in Western Athletic Conference Opener

HONOLULU - In their 2009 Western Athletic Conference opening match, the Boise State volleyball team was swept by the No. 4-ranked Rainbow Wahine on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Broncos (0-11, 0-1 WAC) suffered a 25-21, 25-14, 25-14 loss to the Rainbow Wahine (10-2, 1-0 WAC).

Boise State had one of its strongest matches of the season thus far, posting a .200 hitting percentage overall as a team. The Broncos played a neck-and-neck first set with Hawaii, who pulled away only in the final points to earn the set win.

The second set wasn't as closely played, with Hawaii jumping out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back, winning 25-14. In the third set, UH took an early 7-2 lead and carried the momentum into a 25-14 win.

The Broncos were led by freshman Liz Harden, who recorded the third highest number of kills in the match between both teams with eight total kills. Not only did she lead the Broncos in kills, but also recorded a match-leading hitting percentage of .778 on the night.

Sophomore Amanda Remy added seven kills while junior Alisha Young had six kills to lead the offense. Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf recorded a career-best mark of 52 assists while freshman Kirsten Duren also had a career-high of 25 set assists.

Duren and Remy each had a service ace, the only two aces recorded by Broncos on Thursday night.

Defensively the Broncos were led by freshman Kersti Whitney in the back court, putting up seven digs while Remy added six digs. Sophomore Elizabeth Griffin was the top defensive player at the net, earning three blocks on the night.

As a team, the Broncos produced 34 kills and had five team blocks against UH.

The Rainbow Wahine were led by Aneli Cubi-Otineru who had a match-high of 13 kills while producing a .345 hitting percentage. Amber Kaufman led Hawaii with three service aces, while also leading the team with three blocks on the night. Dani Mafua also led in two categories, putting up 68 assists and tying for three blocks. Leading in digs, Elizabeth Ka'aihue was able to produce 17 on the night for a match-high.

As a team, UH earned 10 team blocks and a solid .429 hitting percentage on the night.

The Broncos continue their WAC weekend at San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 26 in a 2 p.m. (Mountain Time) match against the 0-11 Spartans who lost to Idaho in four sets on Thursday.

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