Broncos Battle to 3-2 Win Over Utah State
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team earned a thrilling 3-2 homecoming day victory on Saturday (Oct. 9) over Western Athletic Conference opponent Utah State in their first meeting of the season. The Broncos (16-5, 3-3 WAC) earned a 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 15-7 win over the Aggies (14-4, 2-3 WAC) who held the No. 3 spot in the WAC standings entering the match (Boise State was No. 6).

After dropping a neck-and-neck race to the first set win, the Broncos bounced back with two solid 25-21, 25-19 second and third set wins. Utah State was able to fire-up for the fourth set, edging out the Broncos 25-21, but Boise State came out with energy in the fifth set, jumping to an early lead and not looking back.

The Broncos dominated the offensive side of play at the net, racking up 63 kills and a .216 hitting percentage. Utah State balanced out the head-to-head match with their excellent defensive efforts at the net, tallying 26 total blocks.

Leading the Broncos' offensive efforts was senior Alisha Young who racked up 17 kills and .342 hitting percentage. Young also added one ace, four digs and four blocks to lead the team. Senior Sadie Maughan and sophomore Cailin Fellows each added 13 kills, hitting .440 and .150, respectively. Maughan added five block assists, while junior Breann Nesselhuf led the team with seven block assists. Nesselhuf also added a match leading and career-best four service aces and 54 assists in the win. In the backcourt, Amanda Remy racked up 25 digs, a career-high.

The Aggies were led by Liz McArthur who had a match-high 20 kills, while Shantell Durrant added 11 kilss and a .455 hitting percentage. McArthur recorded the match's only double-double after adding 11 digs to her efforts. She also tallied a match-high four service aces and two blocks in the match. Christine Morrill led the team in digs with 20, while Durrant led the match in blocks (8). Chelsea Fowles added two aces as well as 47 assists in the match.

The Broncos racked up 19 total blocks, eight service aces and 73 digs in the match, while USU tallied 54 kills (.161), eight aces and 64 digs.

Boise State now holds a 17-13 lead in the all-time series. The two teams will face-off again on Nov. 4 in Logan, Utah.

Boise State hits the road for three matches, traveling to New Mexico State (Las Cruces, N.M.) on Oct. 14, to Louisiana Tech (Ruston, La.) on Oct. 16 and Utah Valley (Orem, Utah) on Oct. 20. They return home for an Oct. 23 match against Hawaii at 7 p.m. (Mountain).

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