BOISE, Idaho - Extending their home stand win-streak to two straight matches, the Boise State volleyball team earned their firs t three-set sweep victory over Utah State on Thursday night. The Broncos (3-18, 3-6 WAC) third win of the season comes just over a week after they defeated Idaho 3-1 in Bronco Gym.
The Broncos were able to capture a solid 25-19, 25-22, 25-22 win over the Aggies (12-10, 3-6 WAC) to split the Western Athletic Conference regular series 1-1. Boise State fought off early ties and lead changes in the first set to coast to a 1-0 advantage, followed by a well battled second set that ended in the Broncos' favor. In the third and final set, the Broncos showed resiliency by coming from behind to tie up the score midway through the set and nudge ahead to capture the third set win.
Boise State was led by a pair of upperclassmen in the victory with junior Alisha Young tying for a match-high of 12 kills and hitting a match-leading .324 on the night. Senior libero Jeanene Rose also comprised an outstanding night of play, tying her career-best of 26 digs to lead the match and double the total amount of digs by any individual in the match.
Young also tied Utah State setter Chelsea Fowles with two service aces apiece while tying Liz McArthur in kills.
Junior Sadie Maughan also added 10 kills to the Bronco offense while sophomore setter Breann Nesselhuf ran the offense with 33 assists. Sophomore Amanda Remy also helped the Bronco defense with 12 digs while Maughan led the team in blocks with two.
Utah State's Fowles also led the team with 28 assists and produced 12 digs on the night. USU's Katie Astle led the match in blocks with 3 while Emily Kortsen and McArthur led the team in digs with 13.
The Broncos outhit the Aggies 44 kills to 38, while producing a .189 hitting percentage over USU's .148. Boise State also picked up 69 digs, to Utah State's 63 digs while also outserving the Aggies 6-3 in ace serves. The Aggies held the upper hand in only one category, leading 5-3 in team blocks and 10-5 in individual blocks.
The Broncos continue their season at home on Saturday, Oct. 24 with an early 1 p.m. match at Bronco Gym. They will host WAC opponent Nevada in their second of two matches in the regular season conference series.