Broncos Battle to a Tough Loss Against Vandals

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State volleyball team suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Western Athletic Conference foe University of Idaho Saturday night at Bronco Gym. The Broncos (4-9, 1-2) fell just short of the Vandals (8-6, 1-2) falling in five sets, 13-25, 25-23, 25-22, 14-25, 9-15.


In a match that was a teeter-totter sort, the Vandals jumped to an early set one victory hitting .345 with 15 kills while the Broncos hit only six kills in the 25-14 loss. Coming to the court in set two as a new team, the Broncos battled back and forth with their cross state rival, with sophomore Sadie Maughan topping off the set with an ace serve for a 25-23 win.


Thanks to a big crowd on “Pack the House” night as well as momentum from their set two win, Boise State fought just as hard in set three, going up two sets to one with a 25-22 win before Idaho was able to bite back with a 25-14 fourth set win over the Broncos. In a match that came to a point-by-point battle, the Idaho Vandals were able to hold on to their momentum from their set four win, clinching the match win with a 15-9 set five victory.


Freshman Elizabeth Griffin led the Broncos with 10 kills while senior Mandy Klein played tough at the net registering a .333 percentage with five kills. Klein also added 31 assists and 11 digs to match sophomore Lauren Hamm’s team high for digs. Maughan was dangerous at the net, recording nine blocks (two solos) as well as seven kills.


The Broncos hit only .084 as a team and had 39 kills while also registering three service aces. As a team they tallied 53 digs, 22 blocks (six solo) and 14 team blocks on the night.


“We played average in all sets,” said head coach Robin Davis. “We didn’t play well and didn’t have good team chemistry. I think our line-up will change because we have some young players not playing who could bring a lot to the court. We did really appreciate the big crowd that was there to support us in a tough match.”


Idaho’s Haley Larsen had an outstanding match hitting .371 on the night and registering 31 kills as well as a match high of three service aces. Sarah Loney was also tough at the net, notching 12 kills and a .241 percentage. Setter Kelsey James put up 56 assists while libero Kelsey Yonker added a match high of 21 digs for the Vandals. Middle blocker Debbie Pederson totaled 11 blocks (one solo) for a match high while also adding seven kills (.357 percentage).


The Vandals nearly doubled the Broncos in kills with 67 and a .213 percentage while also adding 35 blocks (two solo) and 18.5 team blocks. As a team they also earned six service aces and 72 digs in their five set win.


Thanks to the promotion “Pack the House” the Broncos played before a large crowd of nearly 500 fans who helped Boise State play a tough match against their in-state rival.


Boise State will continue their season next weekend when they hit the road to face Fresno State on Thurs., Sept. 2 in Fresno and Sat., Sept. 4 at Nevada with both matches beginning at 8 p.m. Mountain Time.

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