BOISE, Idaho - Fighting their way back into the conference standings, the Boise State volleyball team earned their second straight sweep over a Western Athletic Conference team on Saturday defeating Nevada 25-13, 25-23, 26-24 in Bronco Gym. The win for the Broncos (4-18, 4-6 WAC) was their second consecutive win and third straight home win while Nevada (7-15, 3-6 WAC) fell in their straight match.
The Broncos had an outstanding first set of offense, hitting 17 kills for a .412 percentage to speed their way to the 25-13 victory. The second set was also a solid one for Boise State, producing 16 kills (.209) while the third set was the toughest, but still was a solid .205 percentage on 14 kills.
Junior Alisha Young worked her magic in the middle blocker position, earning a match-high 17 kills and an exceptional .536 hitting percentage, a new career best for her. Junior Sadie Maughan also added a solid performance hitting .318 on the day and racking up 11 kills, good for second-highest among all players. The middle blocker duo tied with four blocks each, but was outdone by one block by sophomore Breann Nesselhuf who had five blocks to lead the match.
Nesselhuf also produced 41 assists and one of two service aces by the Broncos. Junior Lauren Hamm shared the team lead for aces with her one service ace as well as contributing 10 digs. Defensively, senior Jeanene Rose led the way, putting up 13 digs and three assists. Freshman Kersti Whitney added 12 digs while Amanda Remy contributed 10 digs and two assists.
For the Wolf Pack, Kylie Harrington led the team with 10 kills while Lindsay Baldwin and Janelle Batista added a team-high of three blocks each. Tatiana Santiago and Sonnie Sei shared setting duty, producing 18 and 16 assists, respectively. Libero Nicole Link led the team's backcourt defense with 14 digs while also earning the team's only ace serve.
The Broncos were stronger than the Wolf Pack in every statistical category with a 16-11 difference in blocks and a 47-37 difference in kills proving to be a big advantage for the blue and orange. Boise State also had two service aces to Nevada's one ace, but the Wolf Pack produced eight service errors to Boise State's four.
Boise State will rest for one week before taking on their next opponent Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Oct. 31. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start in Bronco Gym. It will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.