Broncos Stop Bengals in 3-1 Win
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team closed out their third-straight match with an in-state rival on Tuesday (Oct. 5) night, defeating Idaho State 3-1 (28-26, 14-25, 25-13, 25-14). The Broncos (15-4, 2-2 WAC) faced Idaho twice in the last seven days, as well as the Bengals (10-7, 2-2 Big Sky) on Tuesday in Bronco Gym, making their in-state record 2-1 on the season.
Tuesday night looked to be a late night match after the first set went to a 28-26 Boise State win. The Broncos trailed for most of the set, but were able to turn the tables in the final few points and sneak out a first-set win. Idaho State came out ready for battle in the second set; while the Broncos looked a little off pace. The Bengals took advantage and shot out to a big 13-3 lead before coasting to the second-set win. The Broncos came back in set three looking for redemption and were able to hold off Idaho State in a close start, however, went on a seven-point streak to close out the set 25-13. In the fourth and final set, Boise State maintained control, tallying an outstanding 13 blocks in the final set alone, winning 25-14.
Leading the Broncos blocking force was senior Sadie Maughan who racked up 10 total blocks (2 solo); while junior Breann Nesselhuf added six block assists. Fiona Jones made big contributions on the night as well, earning her fifth double-double of the season with 10 digs and a match-leading 14 points (.200). Nesselhuf earned her sixth double-double of the season with 15 digs and 42 assists. Nesselhuf's dig total led the team, while junior Amanda Remy added 12 digs and a match-leading four aces. Sophomores Cailin Fellows and Liz Harden also had strong nights tallying 11 (.304) and 10 kills (.152), respectively.
The Broncos had a somewhat uncharacteristic night with only a .193 hitting percentage, but tallied an exceptional 26 blocks, eight service aces, 50 kills and 59 digs. Idaho State had 39 kills (.058), four aces, 55 digs and six blocks on the night.
The Bengals were led by Haylee Thompson-Brock who tallied 10 kills, while Jenna Proost racked up a team-leading 15 digs. Sarah Carson, Karissa Legaux and Breanne Van Every each picked up two blocks, while Thopmson-Brock led the team in aces (3). Karissa Legaux tallied 27 assists on the night.
Boise State narrowed the deficit in the all-time series record between the two teams, moving to 34-31 with the Bengals still leading the series.
Boise State takes one day off from action before hosting Nevada on Thursday (Oct. 7) in a 7 p.m. (Mountain) match in Bronco Gym. Continuing their busy week, the Broncos host Utah State in a Boise State homecoming match on Saturday (Oct. 9) at 3 p.m.