Broncos Falter to San Jose State, 3-0 The Boise State volleyball played host the San Jose State Spartans on Thursday night at Bronco Gym. The Broncos (5-11, 2-4 WAC) suffered a 3-0 loss to the Spartans (8-10, 4-4 WAC), a team they defeated in three sets in San Jose, Calif. just three wee
BOISE, Idaho The Boise State volleyball played host the San Jose State Spartans on Thursday night at Bronco Gym. The Broncos (5-11, 2-4 WAC) suffered a 3-0 loss to the Spartans (8-10, 4-4 WAC), a team they defeated in three sets in San Jose, Calif. just three weeks ago. San JoseState defeated the Broncos 25-11, 25-19, 25-17 to tie the two-team series at 1-1 for the season.
The Broncos struggled to get going, allowing San JoseState to hit .514 percent in the first set over BoiseState’s .167 percentage. The Spartans tallied 19 kills in the first set, more than doubling the Broncos’ eight kills. BoiseState improved in the second set, hitting .235 percent while notching 12 kills, however the Spartans were able to tally 17 kills (.368) to win the second set. Sitting two sets down, the Broncos looked deflated and the Spartans were able to take advantage, hitting 13 kills compared to BoiseState’s six in set three.
Overall, San JoseState was able to number 49 kills and a .349 hitting percentage while Boise State tallied 26 kills and a .144 hitting percentage. BoiseState also tallied 39 digs and four team blocks on the night while SJSU had 53 digs and five team blocks.
Underclassmen played a big part in the Bronco’s efforts with sophomore Sadie Maughan registering seven kills for a .286 percentage and freshman Elizabeth Griffin matching Maughan’s kill total for a .261 percentage. Maughan and Griffin also led the team in blocks with two each, while Griffin tallied one solo block. Sophomore Lauren Hamm also recorded two team leading marks with two service aces and 12 digs on the night. Senior Mandy Klein recorded the team’s only other service ace while adding 19 kills to the offense.
For the Spartans, Brianna Amian recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs while hitting .353 percentage. Amian also led the team in service aces, recording three on the night. Kelly Crow also earned a double-double with 12 kills and 19 digs while also tying Colleen Burke as team leaders in blocking with three block assists each. Burke led the team in hitting percentage with a .545 mark from six kills on 11 attempts.
The Broncos continue Western Athletic Conference play on Sat., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. when they host UtahState at Bronco Gym. Fans are encouraged to join in on the Bronco “Pink Out” in support of breast cancer awareness.