Broncos Battle Back to Defeat San Jose State for First Win of the Season

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a come-from-behind, barnburner of a match, the Boise State volleyball team earned their first win of the season on Saturday defeating San Jose State at Spartan Gym. The Broncos (1-11, 1-1 WAC) were able to upset the Spartans (0-12, 0-2) on their home court 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-13 in a match that took just over two hours to play. The win breaks a 13-match losing streak for the Broncos dating back to the end of the 2008 season.

After a long trip from facing No. 4-ranked Hawaii on Thursday, the Broncos got off to a slow start, allowing San Jose to run past the orange and blue to pick up a 25-17 first set win. The set was neck-and-neck through the 10-10 mark when SJSU took advantage of a handful of Spartan kills and a pair of Boise State errors to go up 15-10. From there the Broncos weren't able to catch San Jose State, giving up the first set.

The Spartans were able to capture a second set win even though the Broncos led throughout most of the set. The Spartans were able to overtake Boise State at the 16-16 mark and continue to lead the Broncos by a point or two through the remainder of the set.

After the 10 minute intermission between sets two and three, the Broncos came out swinging taking an early 4-1 lead. The Spartans tied it up at 5-5 and took a quick 10-6 lead, putting the Broncos in another tough position. Boise State took advantage of three SJSU errors midway through the set to tie the match at 18-18. The Broncos took over from there thanks to a pair of service aces from senior Kati Lewis allowing the Broncos to coast to the third set win.

The fourth set began much the same as the third, with Boise State jumping to a 4-1 lead; however, the battle for points came in the next few plays with the Broncos coming out on top 10-7 thanks to a Jeanene Rose ace. SJSU fought back to regain the lead and hold onto it to the 21-21 mark. From there the Spartans committed a pair of errors while junior Alisha Young produced an ace and freshman Liz Harden a kill to seal the fourth-set win for the Broncos.

In a nail biter of a fifth set, the two teams battled point-by-point through 10 ties and six lead changes. There was a battle for points right up through the final 15-13 score with sophomore Amanda Remy sealing the sweet victory for the Broncos with a service ace.

The Broncos were led offensively by junior Sadie Maughan who collected a career-high of 20 kills as well as producing a solid .459 hitting percentage. The junior also tallied a team high of seven blocks (three solo) to lead the team's defense at the net. Freshman Liz Harden added nine kills and a .350 hitting percentage while sophomore setter Breann Nesselhuf ran the excellent offensive efforts with her 40 assists.

Senior Kati Lewis was the team-leader in service aces with three while five others each contributed one apiece. Freshman Kersti Whitney produced 14 digs while sophomore Amanda Remy added 12 to the team's defensive efforts.

As a team, Boise State hit .240 on the day with 54 total kills, eight service aces and 10.0 team blocks.

San Jose State hit .227 with 62 kills while adding 12 service aces and 5.0 blocks in the five-set match.

The Spartans were led by Taylor Japhet who tallied 16 kills while Kylie Miraldi hit an impressive .611 on 13 kills and added a team-high of three blocks. Kristal Tsukano added a double-double effort with 13 digs and 14 kills. Leading the match in digs was Thao Pham with 14 while also producing four service aces.

The Broncos return home for one match on Thursday, Oct. 1 against Fresno State at 7 p.m. They will then play two matches on the road against Utah State and Utah Valley on Oct. 3 and Oct. 5, respectively, before returning home for an Oct. 8 match against New Mexico State.

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