Volleyball Suffers Tough 3-2 Loss to Fresno State
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team suffered a 3-2 loss in Bronco Gym on Thursday night, falling to Western Athletic Conference opponent Fresno State. In their first of two meetings during the regular season, the Broncos (1-12, 1-2 WAC) were unable to hold off the Bulldogs (8-6, 1-2 WAC) falling 25-16, 25-19, 17-25, 21-25, 11-15.
The Broncos played a tough first two sets, showing no regression in their play pushing through eight tied scores and three lead changes in the first set. They held onto their energy for the second set, allowing only one tied score and one lead change in the first few points before flying to a second-set win.
The Bulldogs, however, came fighting back to earn well fought points in the final three sets to earn the overall win.
"I thought we played very well in games one and two," head coach Shawn Garus expressed. "For some unknown reason we were not as aggressive in games three, four and five and you cannot beat a good team without being aggressive."
Although a handful of Broncos played some of their best matches, they were not able to pull out the win. Sophomore Amanda Remy had one of the better performances for the Broncos, producing her second career double-double with 13 kills and 19 digs, both career highs. Remy was the only player in the match to record a double-double.
Junior Sadie Maughan produced a match-high of 14 kills as well as a solid .370 hitting percentage. Playing at middle blocker, junior Alisha Young added 13 kills (.281 percent) as well as match-highs of three service aces and seven blocks, tying her career match-high in blocks.
Freshman libero Kersti Whitney garnered 20 digs on the night to set a new career-high while fellow freshman Cailin Fellows notched a career-best of six kills and an outstanding .455 hitting percentage. Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf racked up a career-high in assists with 47.
Also playing well, senior Jeanene Rose produced 15 digs while Elizabeth Griffin had five blocks, tying her career-high of total blocks in a match.
Leading Fresno State, Lauren Berger tallied 13 kills (.385) while Kelly Mason racked up 20 digs on the night and two service aces to lead her team. Brianna Clarke tied Boise State's Young in a match-high of seven blocks while Allahah Munson had a team-high of 31 assists.
Both teams played fairly evenly, with the only big difference in the statistics sitting in the serve receive column. Boise State racked up 11 serve receive errors to Fresno State's five, allowing room for the Bulldogs to get back into the game and win.
As a team, the Broncos had 58 kills (.199), 82 digs, four service aces as well as eight team blocks.
Fresno State produced 56 kills (.138), 72 digs, four service aces and 10 team blocks on the night.
The Broncos will prepare for a road-trip to Utah where they will take on WAC opponent Utah State on Saturday, Oct. 3 in Logan Utah. They will remain in Utah until Monday, Oct. 5 when they face Utah Valley in Orem, Utah. Both matches are set for 7 p.m.
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