Boise State Sweeps Nevada

Oct. 9, 2014



Boise State head coach Shawn Garus and senior Taylor Murphey talk about Thursday night's sweep over the Nevada Wolf Pack in Bronco Gym.

BOISE, Idaho - Taylor Murphey and Kaitlyn Oliver combined for 24 kills to lead Boise State to a sweep over the Nevada Wolf Pack Thursday night in Bronco Gym by scores of 25-22, 25-16, 25-21. Boise State opened strong and never let up as the Broncos led nearly the entire way in all three sets to claim the victory over longtime-rival Nevada in a Mountain West Conference match. The win snapped a three-match skid for the Broncos who improved to 9-8 overall and 2-3 in league play. 
"I am really pleased with the way we came out tonight, we played hard from the beginning and had solid performances from several players," said coach Shawn Garus. "I thought Taylor (Murphey) played well tonight as did Kaitlyn Oliver who was another standout for us. I am really pleased for Sarah (Baugh) moving up in the career standings in assists and thought she did a good job directing our attack against Nevada."
Two milestones were reached in the Nevada match for Boise State, the victory gave head coach Shawn Garus his 200th win as a collegiate head coach. The second saw junior setter Sarah Baugh dish out 41 assists to move her into sole possession of fourth place on the Boise State career list during the rally scoring era (2001-present) with 1,873.
Murphey lead the team with a hitting percentage of .611 as she recorded a season-high 12 kills. Freshman Kaitlyn Oliver tied her career-high for kills with 12 while hitting 57.9 percent, to go with three blocks. Maddy O'Donnell followed with eight kills, Sierra Nobley was next with seven. Hannah Hubbard had a team-high 13 digs on the night for the Bronco defense.
Boise State finished the match hitting 33 percent against the Wolf Pack for 43 kills. The Broncos also had 42 assists, five service aces, 36 digs and three blocks. 
The Wolf Pack hit 23 percent against the Broncos for 34 kills. They added 31 assists, three aces, 33 digs and five blocks to their totals. Madison Foley led Nevada with a double-double on 11 kills and 12 digs.
The win over the Wolf Pack was the first contest of a four-match homestand for Boise State. Next up for the Broncos is San Jose State at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Bronco Gym. 

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