Broncos Suffer 3-0 Loss to Utah State on Bronco ?Pink Out? Night

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State volleyball played host to Western Athletic Conference foe Utah State on Saturday night for the Bronco “Pink Out” in support of breast cancer awareness at Bronco Gym. Clad in pink jerseys for the event, the Broncos’ new attire wasn’t enough to stop the Aggies, falling 3-0 in their first meeting of the season. With the loss the Broncos drop to 5-12 (2-5 WAC) while the Aggies improve to 6-12 (4-3 WAC) on the season.

 

Boise State struggled offensively, hitting an uncharacteristic .072 percentage on the night while notching 32 kills. The Broncos suffered from grim sets one and two before bouncing back in set three to hit .200 and tally 15 kills.

 

Utah State was able to pick up the 25-10, 25-20, 26-24 win, narrowing the all-time series to 15-11 record in favor of the Broncos. The Aggies hit .281 on the night with 40 kills while recording their best set of the match in the first with a .370 percentage.

 

Defensively the Broncos were strong, recording nine team blocks and 15 individual blocks (three solo) while adding 34 digs. Utah State recorded a slightly higher number of 45 digs, but only 4.5 team blocks and eight individual blocks (one solo).

 

Bronco senior Jeanette Jenkins recorded a match-high of 10 kills, hitting .212 on the night. Jenkins also had a match-high of two solo blocks and added a team-high of two service aces to the mix. Sophomore Sadie Maughan hit a solid .417 percentage, recording seven kills in the match while senior Maren Ericson added a match-high five blocks (one solo). Senior Mandy Klein added 25 assists for the Broncos while matching sophomore Lauren Hamm for a team high of nine digs. Jeanene Rose added the Broncos’ only other service ace.

 

The Aggies were led by Melissa Osterloh and Kris Hymas in kills, tallying nine each. Hymas nearly reached double-double figures adding 11 digs to her statistics. Setter Chelsea Fowles ran the offense with 27 assists, but also aided offensive efforts with a .556 hitting percentage on six kills. Rebecca Anderson led defensive efforts at the net for the Aggies, totaling three blocks (one solo) while Christine Morrill led the backcourt with 12 digs. Lori Wilson was also a key factor in the Aggie win, serving up three service aces on the night.

 

The Broncos hit the road again this coming week, traveling to Ruston, La. and Las Cruces, N.M. this weekend. Boise State will first face the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters on Thurs., Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. (Mountain Time) followed by the New Mexico State Aggies on Sat., Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. (MT).

 

 


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