Broncos Upset by Fresno State, 3-2

FRESNO, Calif. - The Boise State volleyball team's 10-match winning streak was snapped Saturday night (Sept. 25) with Fresno State outlasting the Broncos 3-2 (25-19, 27-29, 25-21, 23-25, 7-15) in their second Western Athletic Conference match of the season. Boise State was handed their third loss of the season, going to a 13-3 record, while also moving to a 1-1 WAC record. Fresno State improves to 6-7 (1-1 WAC) on the season with the win.

After cruising to a quick 25-19 first-set win, the Broncos looked to have an easy night ahead. Fresno State, who beat the Broncos twice in 2009 in five sets, thought otherwise, pushing the second set to a 29-27 win. Boise State bounced back with a 25-21 third-set win, while the Bulldogs answered back with a back-and-forth fourth-set 25-23 win. The Bulldogs were able to use their fourth-set momentum to coast to a quick 15-7 fifth-set win, upending the Broncos.

Although the Bulldogs won, the box score statistics looked to be in Boise State's favor. The Broncos tied the Bulldogs 64-64 in kills, led .238 to .216 in hitting percentage, led 61-56 in assists, led six to three in aces, 68-61 in digs and 23 to 20 in blocks.

Boise State's Sadie Maughan led the Broncos with 17 kills on the night and a solid .355 hitting percentage. Fellow senior Alisha Young added 14 kills as well as a match-high of eight blocks (one solo) and three aces. Breann Nesselhuf added seven blocks, while also leading the match in assists (58). Amanda Remy had a near career-best total of 21 digs, while Fiona Jones added 13 kills, one ace and 10 digs. Kersti Whitney also added 15 digs and one ace for the Broncos.

Fresno State was led by Brianna Clarke, who had a match-high 18 kills (.444) and eight blocks (one solo). Kasey Van Grouw led the team in assists (36), while Kelly Mason led in aces (2) and digs (21).

The Broncos continue their season on Wednesday (Sept. 29) when they return home for the first time in three weeks to host WAC opponent Idaho. The match has been dubbed a "Blue Out", encouraging fans to head to Bronco Gym in their Bronco blue to cheer on the Broncos against their in-state rivals. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start.


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