POCATELLO, Idaho - Traveling across the state to Pocatello, the Boise State volleyball team was unable to earn bragging rights for top volleyball team in the state, falling to Idaho State 3-0 Saturday night. The Broncos (0-16, 1-4 WAC) dropped a 25-21, 26-24, 25-23 decision to the Bengals (8-9, 3-4 Big Sky) at Reed Gym.
Idaho State was able to jump to an early lead in the first set, with the Broncos matching the score within the first ten points. Boise State couldn't hang on though, allowing Idaho State to earn a small lead which couldn't be broken.
The second set was much the same, with ISU leading until the 23-23 point. The Broncos pushed to a near win, but couldn't pull through falling 26-24.
In the third and final set, the Bengals jumped to another early lead, this time with Boise State working their way back and scoring seven straight points to take a strong 13-9 lead. The Broncos lead was not touched until the 20-20 mark with the two teams battling the next pair of points. Idaho Stat was able to manage a slight advantage when they went up 23-22, holding the lead through the end.
Boise State's top efforts came from juniors Alisha Young and Sadie Maughan, each totaling 11 kills. King produced one of her better matches of the season, adding a match-high of four blocks as well as two service aces.
Senior Jeanene Rose also had a standout match, putting up 24 digs to lead the match while fellow senior Kati Lewis had a season-high of 14 digs. Breann Nesselhuf added 32 assists to the team's efforts.
Idaho State was lead by Haylee Thompson who produced 14 kills and a match-leading .462 hitting percentage. Emily Waldron added 11 kills as well as a match-high of two service aces.
Britta Bartschi-Rhodehouse led the defensive efforts at the net with two blocks while Paige Palmer racked up 22 digs to lead the team. Setter Karissa Leagaux produced 40 set assists on the night.
The Broncos continue a busy week of matches, closing off the week with a Monday evening match in Bronco Gym against Idaho. The match is slated for 7 p.m. and will be the team's "Pink Out" in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. All fans who wear pink to the match will receive free admission.