BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team gave their fans a thrilling show on Wednesday (Sept. 29) night defeating in-state rival Idaho 3-2 (25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 19-25, 15-10). The Bronco fans, mostly clad in blue for the team's "Blue Out", reached a hefty attendance of 1,489 and brought the volume levels in Bronco Gym to new heights. With the win Boise State improves to 14-3 (2-1 WAC) and earns their 29th all-time win over Idaho. The Vandals fell to 6-8 (1-2 WAC) with the loss.
Looking like a team with only three losses, Boise State came out on fire in the first set, earning a solid 25-22 win. The Broncos maintained their energy in the second set, topping Idaho 25-22, to go up 2-0 overall. Set three was much the same, looking to favor Boise State for a three-set sweep, however, Idaho stepped up and pushed a 26-24 victory forcing a fourth set. With the set-three win, the Vandals maintained momentum, flying past the Broncos in the fourth, 25-19. The Broncos responded in the fifth with a quick handful of points and maintaining their play. The point difference was too much for the Vandals to catch, with the Broncos winning 15-10.
Overall Boise State's Alisha Young tallied a match-high of 21 kills (.347) while Sadie Maughan added 14 kills (.429) and 10 block assists on the night. Liz Harden tallied 10 kills (.081) while Cailin Fellows and Fiona Jones each added seven kills. Harden also added seven block assists while Jones tied with Kersti Whitney to lead the team in digs (14). Whitney was joined by Amanda Remy, who tallied 11 digs, each recording a service ace. Lauren Hamm led the match in service aces with two, while adding six digs. Breann Nesselhuf racked up 53 assists and 10 digs on the successful night for the Broncos.
Idaho was led by Allison Walker who tallied 16 kills and 12 digs. Kelsey Taylor added 11 kills and a match-high 11 blocks (one solo), while Alicia Milo added 12 kills. Cassie Hamilton led the match with 25 digs, while also joining Jennifer Feicht as the only two aces for the Vandals. Feicht tallied 54 assists on the night while adding seven block assists.
The Broncos were able to out-hit the Vandals 65-58 in kills (.185-.174 in hitting percentage), while also tallying a 4-2 advantage in aces. Idaho was huge defensively, earning a 70-58 advantage in digs and a 40-25 advantage in blocks over the Broncos.
The two teams will meet again in three days, when they head to Moscow, Idaho, to each partake in their fourth Western Athletic Conference match of the season. The match is slated for an 8 p.m. (Mountain) start in Memorial Gym.