Broncos Upend Vandals in First Home Win of the Season

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team had the sweet taste of victory on their tongues Monday evening after walking away from Bronco Gym with a 3-1 win over in-state rival Idaho. The Broncos (2-16, 2-4 WAC) played what was arguably their best match of the season thus far in the 26-24, 28-26, 24-26, 25-20 win over the Vandals (7-11, 3-3 WAC).

With the win, the Broncos break a 13-match losing streak to the Vandals and improve to 27-46 all-time. Boise State's last win against the Vandals came on Oct. 28, 1999 in a 3-1 win. The Broncos won in nearly the same fashion, taking sets one and two, dropping the third and closing the match by winning the fourth.

Junior Alisha Young and freshman Cailin Fellows paced the Broncos Monday night with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Young tallied as many as four kills in the third set (.667) while Fellows added five kills in the fourth set alone (.714) to seal the win for Boise State.

Young also added a team-match high of five blocks, a title she shared with freshman Liz Harden. Junior Sadie Maughan added a solid 10 kill, four block effort into the mix while sophomore Amanda Remy had a near double-double with nine kills and a match-leading 20 digs. Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf added 45 set assists while junior Lauren Hamm was tough from the serving line with a match-high of three service aces. Senior Jeanene Rose and freshman Kersti Whitney added 16 digs apiece to strengthen the team's defense.

Thanks to the hard work and relentless attitudes from the Broncos they were able to battle off seven ties and four lead changes in the first set. The second set was even closer, pushing the two teams to 13 ties and five lead changes. Set three was a near mirror to the first while the Broncos allowed only one tie early in the fourth set before cruising to a match-sealing victory.

Idaho was led by Anna McKinney who had a match-high of 14 kills and a .545 hitting percentage. Setter Katie Tribley ran the offense with 51 assists while Cassie Hamilton led the team in aces with two. Defensively, Meredith Rice led the team with 18 digs and Debbie Pederson produced 11 blocks to lead the match.

As a team, Boise State out-hit Idaho, 57-55 in kills and .180-.171 in hitting percentage. The Broncos produced seven aces to UI's four while the two teams tied at 76 total digs. Idaho's strength was in blocking where they out-did the Broncos 28-19 in individual blocks and 14-10 in team blocks.

The Broncos will take a couple days off before traveling to Reno, Nev., to take on the University of Nevada-Reno on Thursday, Oct. 15. They will continue on over the weekend to Fresno, Calif., to face Fresno State in one of three road weekends remaining this season.

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