BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team played a sound match against No. 4 Hawaii in Bronco Gym falling to the 14-time Western Athletic Conference champion on Saturday (Oct. 23). The Rainbow Wahine (18-1, 8-0 WAC) were able to maintain their 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-20) sweep by fighting through the final two sets to keep the Broncos (17-8, 4-5 WAC) from winning a set.
In the first set, Hawaii was dominant, making the Broncos uneasy after going up 13-2. After a Dani Mafua service error and a Fiona Jones kill, the Broncos began to relax and pick up points, pushing the set to a 25-13 loss. The second set was much different with the Broncos leading early on, as well as much of the middle part of the set. Boise State held the lead up through the 19-18 point before Hawaii was able to slowly pull away to a 25-23 win. The final set was head-to-head with the Broncos leading 9-5 early on. The Rainbow Wahine fought back and tied up the match, but didn't earn the lead until 16-15 mark, pulling away slowly to the 25-20 win.
Boise State's Alisha Young led the team with nine points (.381) and four blocks. Jones was just behind with eight kills (.105), while also tying with Amanda Remy to lead the team with seven digs each. Lauren Hamm and Breann Nesselhuf recorded the team's only aces, while Nesselhuf added three blocks and 30 assists in the match.
For Hawaii, WAC Preseason Player of the Year Kanani Danielson led the match with 14 kills (.257), while Chanteal Satele added 10 kills. Brittany Hewitt, an Eagle, Idaho, native proved her No. 1 national ranking in blocks per set collecting six on the night while Mafua added 36 assists. Emily Maeda and Elizabeth Ka'aihue tallied the team's only aces, while Ka'aihue led the match with nine digs.
Hawaii improves to a 22-0 all-time series record with Boise State. The two teams meet again in six days when Boise State travels to Honolulu, Hawaii, to play in an 11 p.m. (Mountain) match on Fri., Oct. 29.
Before they head to the islands, Boise State will host Fresno State on Mon., Oct. 25 in a 7 p.m. match in Bronco Gym. The match is a crucial one for post-season play, with Boise State needing a win after falling to the Bulldogs in Fresno on Sept. 25.