Broncos Fall to Vandals, 3-1, in Moscow

MOSCOW, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team faced in-state rival, Idaho, for the second-straight match, this time facing-off in Moscow, Idaho. The two teams battled to a five-set match on Wednesday (Sept. 29) with Boise State walking away with the 3-2 win; however, Idaho got the best of the Broncos on Saturday (Oct. 2), picking up a 3-1 (25-12, 16-25, 25-23, 27-25) win to even the season series to 1-1 between the teams. With the loss, Boise State now holds a 14-4 (2-2 WAC) record on the season, while Idaho improves to 7-8 (2-2 WAC).

The Vandals caught the Broncos on their heels in the first set, breezing to a 25-12 win, while Boise State answered back with a 25-16 second-set win to even the match. From there the match was neck-and-neck, with the Vandals squeaking by with a 25-23 third-set win, as well as a 27-25 fourth-set win.

Idaho's 26 blocks and six service aces were what put them over the top, holding Boise State to only 13 blocks and four aces. Boise State led with 59 kills over Idaho's 48 kills, while also leading 70.0 to 68.0 in team point totals.

Bronco senior Alisha Young led the match with 18 kills (.389), while also racking up a team-leading three service aces. Young also led the team with four blocks (one solo) to tally a match-leading 23.5 points. Sadie Maughan also registered 15 kills (.393) to help the Broncos, while Cailin Fellows added 12 kills (.162). Maughan and Breann Nesselhuf added three block assists each, while Nesselhuf also totaled 48 set assists. Amanda Remy led match in digs (14), while Lauren Hamm added the Broncos' final service ace.

Leading Idaho was Allison Walker with 17 kills (.200), while Kelsey Taylor added eight kills and seven blocks (two solo). Alicia Milo racked up five service aces and ten digs, while Cassie Hamilton led the team with 14 digs. Jennifer Feicht added 37 assists to the offensive efforts.

The all-time series between the Broncos and Vandals now sits at a 48-29 record in favor of Idaho.

The Broncos return home for a busy homecoming week. They take on their second in-state rival in one week, facing Idaho State on Tuesday (Oct. 5) at 7 p.m. Their second match of the week is slated for Thursday (Oct. 7) against Nevada at 7 p.m., while they close out with a 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 9) match against Utah State. All matches will be held at Boise State's Bronco Gym.

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