Boise State Opens MW with Victory Over Wyoming
Alyssa Gammel set new record for service aces.
Sept. 25, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho – Sierra Nobley and Alyssa Gammel combined for 34 kills to lead Boise State to a 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19) victory in Bronco Gym over the Wyoming Cowgirls in the Mountain West opener for both schools. Nobley, a freshman from Scottsdale, Ariz., tied her career-high for kills with 19, followed by Gammel with her second double-double of the season on 15 kills and 10 digs.
 
Boise State was impressive in the win taking sets one, three and four in dominating fashion leading most of the way in all three frames. It is the fifth-consecutive victory for the Broncos who improved to 8-5 overall and 1-0 in MW play.  Boise State will look to carry the momentum into Saturday’s big match against seventh-ranked Colorado State (13-1, 1-0 MW) at 2 p.m. in Bronco Gym.
  
The Broncos withstood a Cowgirls rally attempt as Wyoming took set two tying the match at one set all going into the break. However, Boise State came out on fire to take control of momentum and the match in set three and never let up as they claimed the victory by sweeping the final two sets.
  
Gammel was one of several players that stepped up after the break leading the Broncos from the service line. She started on her roll in set three serving for four consecutive points, with two service aces, to stretch a 12-7 lead out to a 16-7 advantage, essentially putting the set out of reach for Wyoming as the Blue and Orange took a 2-1 match lead.
  
The senior from Bakersfield, Calif., was not finished yet as Gammel opened set four by serving for seven straight points, which included three aces, to spot the Broncos a quick 7-0 lead. Boise State never let up as the Broncos led the entire way cruising to a 25-19 set win to clinch the match.
   
Gammel finished with 15 kills, one assist, 10 digs, one block and a career-high six service aces. Her ace total tied for seventh most all-time at Boise State and set a new school record for a four-set match during the rally scoring era (since 2001). It was also her 26th career double-double.  
    
Nobley was dominating as well recording a team-high 19 kills while hitting 36 percent. She was instrumental in set four’s quick start with two kills in the 7-0 run. The outside hitter added two service aces, seven digs and two blocks to her totals on the night.
   
Maddy O’Donnell added nine kills while hitting a team-best 64.3 percent, she entered the week ranked sixth-nationally at 48.5 percent. O’Donnell also had two aces and a team-high four blocks.
   
 Kaitlyn Oliver added eight kills and two blocks and altered many shots at the net in the final two sets. Taylor Murphey came in for the last two sets recording five kills, one ace and one block.

Sarah Baugh moved into fifth-place for career assists during the rally scoring era with 51 against the Cowgirls to give her 1,725 overall in two-plus years. The junior setter added three kills, one ace and eight digs to her night. Hannah Hubbard chipped in from the defensive back line with a team-high 20 digs.
  
Boise State finished the match hitting 32.8 percent with 60 kills, 57 assists, 12 service aces, 50 digs and six blocks.  Wyoming countered by hitting 28.8 percent for 49 kills. The Cowgirls also recorded 46 assists, four aces, 34 digs and four blocks. Bridget Shanahan led the Cowgirls with 19 kills, followed by Kayla Slofkiss with nine.



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