Boise State Rallies to Defeat Utah State 3-1
Sierra Nobley led Broncos with double-double.
Oct. 14, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's volleyball team turned in a complete team effort on Tuesday night as the Broncos rallied from one set down to knock off the Utah State Aggies in four 22-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16. Freshman Sierra Nobley led the team with her second double-double of the year on a career-high 24 kills and 10 digs. Sarah Baugh dished out 44 assists to move into third place in career assists at Boise State during the rally scoring era with 1,957. 
                 
The victory over Utah State, who was tied for second place heading into the night, improves the Broncos to 11-8 overall and 4-3 in Mountain West Conference play, Utah State fell to 8-9 on the year and 4-3 in league.  After opening the MW season 1-3 with three straight losses, the Broncos have regrouped and won three in a row as they continue to climb up the conference standings. 
                   
"I am really proud of the way the entire team played tonight," said head coach Shawn Garus. "The way they fought back after dropping the first set took a lot of heart. They never let up and kept chipping away at it. I love the fact that they came out and competed when they had their backs to the wall. Hannah (Hubbard) did a great job defensively, Sarah was solid distributing the ball around, and I thought Maddy (O'Donnell) had a key play in the second set when she had a big hit that came down hard on a defender.  I thought that picked the team up and gave us a boost of energy. Overall a very good effort by the team and a big win for our program."
                      
After dropping a back and forth first set that saw six ties and three lead changes, the Broncos regrouped to sweep the last three sets to record the huge victory over the Utah State Aggies in conference action. It marked the first time this fall that Boise State has rallied to win a match after dropping the first set. 
                    
Boise State finished the night hitting 27 percent with 56 kills, to go with 52 assists, seven service aces, 59 digs and season-high 14 blocks. The Broncos held Utah State to 18 percent hitting in the match. 
                       
Nobley's second career double-double was a model of consistency with seven kills in both the first and second sets, with five each during the third and fourth. The freshman from Scottsdale, Ariz., hit 30.9 percent with one assist, one ace, 10 digs and one block.
                           
Maddy O'Donnell had some monster hits against the Aggies finishing with 11 kills on 36.4 percent hitting. She also tallied a team and career-high nine blocks. 
                                   
Baugh continues to lead the Boise State team on the floor distributing the ball to her teammates with 44 assists tonight to move her up the Broncos' career list. The 5-foot-9 setter also added three kills, one ace, seven digs and career-high six blocks, one was a solo.  
                          
Kaitlyn Oliver chipped in with nine kills, hitting 52.9 percent, in addition to four blocks. Katelyn Kinghorn added six kills, three digs and a block. Senior Alyssa Gammel tied for second in digs with 10, behind Hubbard's team-best 16. Senior Taylor Murphey had two kills and five blocks on the night.   
                           
Utah State finished with 53 kills, 51 assists, six aces, 58 digs and 8.5 blocks. The Aggies were led by Kaitlyn Vanhoff with 18 kills and five blocks, followed by Elle Brainard with 12 kills and three blocks.
                                 
Boise State will close out its four-match homestand Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Bronco Gym when the Fresno State Bulldogs come too town. It is always a battle when these two squads get together, they have played to five sets in 11 of the last 13 meetings. 

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