Broncos Earn Thrilling 3-2 Victory Over Utah Valley

BOISE, Idaho In an extreme back-and-forth match, the Boise State volleyball team mustered up enough energy to hold off Utah Valley University, 3-2, in Bronco Gym Tuesday evening. The Broncos were able to pull of the win in a 25-13, 21-25, 25-16, 13-25, 19-17 thriller to earn their first win ever over the Wolverines. Each set was played in a teeter-totter manner with Boise State coming out strong in sets one and three, while Utah Valley surged in sets two and four, bringing the match to a fifth set decider that went point-by-point to a 19-17 Bronco win.


The Broncos improved to a 7-15 record on the season, with their Western Athletic Conference record remaining at 3-8. The Wolverines fell to 7-10 on the season with the Broncos earning their first win in a 4-1 all-time series in favor of UVU.


In the first set Boise State dominated, coming out and hitting .533 (percentage) as a team and recording 19 kills. Sophomore Alisha King and freshman Elizabeth Griffin each tallied five kills in the set to lead the Broncos. The Wolverines were only able to tally nine kills and a .132 hitting percentage with Kayli Broadbent leading the way with four points.


Turning the tables in set two, Utah Valley came out strong, feeding off five Bronco service errors to sneak in a 25-21 win. UVU hit a .333 percentage and registered 11 kills while Boise State managed a .171 percentage on 12 kills. Griffin again led the Broncos in set two, tallying four additional kills in the set.


After the intermission, the Broncos came out on fire again, recording a .333 percentage and 12 additional kills. Sophomore Sadie Maughan led the Broncos in the third set adding four kills to bring her total to eight while Griffin added three more bringing her total to 12. Utah Valley was able to hit only .028 in the third set while earning 10 kills.


Set four went in favor of the visitors after they recorded 14 kills and a .478 hitting percentage led by the efforts of Broadbent who had tallied 14 kills by the end of set four. Boise State struggled, hitting a -.065 percentage and recording only eight kills. Senior Jeanette Jenkins turned on the heat for the Bronco offense tallying four kills in the set.


In the fifth and final set, the two teams battled a point-by-point set. With 12 ties and six lead changes, the set was a thriller. At 14-13 with the advantage to the Wolverines, freshman Amanda Remy stepped up and knocked off an ace serve to tie the set 14-14. UVU went back up on a Remy service error, 15-14, before Griffin kill brought the Broncos back to a tie. A King kill two serves later, brought the match to a 16-16 tie, while the sophomore registered another kill in the final tie of the match at 17-17. The Broncos were able to earn their final two points off a Utah Valley error followed by a Jenkins kill.


The Broncos were led by outside hitters with Griffin tallying 16 kills while Jenkins and King had 15 kills each. Griffin and Jenkins each earned a .375 average while Jenkins added four service aces and three block assists. King earned the only double-double of the night adding 12 digs to her stat total. Jenkins 15 total kills brings her to 970 career kills and aids in her pace of hitting 1,000 kills prior to the end of the season.


“Our outsides really came through offensively tonight,” said head coach Robin Davis. “Jeanette played well all around while she and Griffin hit over our team goal of .200 for the outsides. Alisha was solid all around as well.”

In the middle, Maughan tallied 11 kills while freshman Lydia Blaha added five for a .400 hitting percentage. Blaha also led the team in blocks with four (two solo). Senior Mandy Klein totaled 49 assists, one service ace, one block assist and six digs.


“Mandy was her steady, senior self making great sets to our outsides and Alisha,” explained Davis.


Defensively, Lauren Hamm tallied a match-high of 15 digs while Jeanene Rose added nine and Kati Lewis eight.


“Last week the coaches though Kati may have had the best game of her career against Idaho,” said Davis. “Tonight’s match she played even better!”


Utah Valley was led by Broadbent who tallied a match-high of 20 kills. Kristin Anderson added 11 kills and a team high of six blocks (one solo) while Allyce Wilson pitched in with 11 digs. Kristi Lindley added 35 assists in running the Wolverine offense.


As a team the Broncos hit .273 and registered 65 kills and seven team blocks. The Wolverines hit .238 and had 54 kills and 10 team blocks.


Boise State will continue their season on Saturday, November 1 when they host WAC opponent New Mexico State at 7 p.m. in Bronco Gym.



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