Volleyball Clinches Nail Biter at Fresno State in Five Sets

FRESNO, Calif. Boise State’s volleyball team played their tightest match of the season thus far on Thursday night when they fought to a five-set match win over Western Athletic Conference opponent Fresno State. The Broncos (5-9, 2-2 WAC) battled to a 27-25, 24-26, 25-19, 25-27, 15-12 victory over the Bulldogs (5-9, 2-3 WAC) at the Save Mart Center, earning their second WAC win of the season.

 

In a flat out battle to the final point, the Bulldogs started off set one with the lead, holding the Broncos off until the score was 13-13. From there a back and forth fight for each point led to a Bronco victory in the first set. The second set was very similar in a point by point battle to a 24-24 tie in which Fresno State was able to take advantage of and earn the second set win. In set three the Broncos earned the first lead playing to an 8-8 tie before jumping to a 17-9 lead. From there the Broncos were able to seal the 25-19 third set win. Set four began much the same as set three, with the Broncos taking the lead; however the Bulldogs fought their way back from a 22-19 deficit, forcing a 27-25 win. In the final set, the match was even until the Broncos banked on a pair of Briana Clarke errors to jump to an 8-4 lead. From there senior Jeanette Jenkins added a pair of kills to boost the Broncos to a 15-12 win, clinching the match.

 

Sophomore middle blocker Sadie Maughan did some damage for the Broncos recording an outstanding match high hitting percentage of .438 with eight kills on the night. Maughan was also dominant at the net defensively, picking up her second match high of 11 blocks (one solo). Freshman Elizabeth Griffin aided in the Broncos win just as much, recording the Broncos first double-double of the season with a team high of 15 kills (.188 percentage) and adding 13 digs. Griffin also added five blocks (one solo) and one service ace in the five set win.

 

Griffin played really well for us tonight,” said head coach Robin Davis. “Our MVP for the night was Jeanette Jenkins, though. She hit really well after moving to the right side and served really tough. Jeanene Rose also played really well in the backcourt for us adding eight digs.”

 

Jenkins and sophomore Alisha King each added nine kills to the Broncos’ efforts while sophomore libero contributed a team high of 18 digs and two service aces. Freshman Lydia Blaha recorded a team high of two solo blocks (six assisted) while senior Mandy Klein added 38 set assists on the night.

 

The Broncos recorded 45 total kills (.187), five service aces and 57 digs while also adding 20 team blocks to the mix.

 

Fresno State was led by Clarke who recorded a match high of 22 kills (.127) while Baylee Platt added 15 kills (.095). Setter Allanah Munson had a match high of 54 assists while Kasey Van Grouw added a match high of four service aces. Meghan Moss produced 24 digs while Kelly Leonardo had six blocks (two solo).

 

The Bulldogs had 63 kills (.106 percentage) and 12 service aces to power their offensive efforts. They also recorded 63 digs and nine team blocks on the night.

“We’re really happy with the win even though we could have played better at the end of each set,” explained Davis. “We’re going to Nevada hungry to play better.”

 

The Broncos travel to the University of Nevada for a match on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 pm Pacific Time.


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