ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Boise State's volleyball team came up on the short end of a 3-0 score Thursday night in Albuquerque, N.M., dropping a Mountain West match to the New Mexico Lobos. The Broncos struggled hitting the ball against New Mexico's height advantage losing 25-20, 25-13 and 26-24. Breann Nesselhuf led Boise State with nine kills followed by Elizabeth Griffin with seven. The loss drops the Broncos to 13-12 overall and 4-6 in conference with an encounter at TCU (19-4, 6-3 MW) Saturday afternoon in the final regular season road match of the year.
Boise State opened the match well taking a couple of five-point leads early in the first set. Unfortunately, when the Broncos were up 15-10 the Lobos caught fire and staged a rally out scoring Boise State 15-5 to win by five at 25-20.
The second set was all Lobos as they rolled out to a quick 10-2 lead, eventually winning it by 12 at 25-13 to take a 2-0 match advantage into the break.
The Broncos battled hard in set three taking a 20-15 lead, but could not hold off the Lobos who rallied for a 26-24 victory to win the match in straight sets.
Nesselhuf led Boise State with 10 points on nine kills and two block assists to go with 11 assists and seven digs while hitting .400 percent from the floor. Elizabeth Griffin was second with eight points on seven kills and two block assists, followed by Liz Harden with six points on six kills. Kersti Whitney recorded a team-high 10 digs, while Casey Rose had a high of 18 assists. Boise State finished the night hitting .126 from the floor with eight blocks.
Kelly Williamson led the Lobos with 15.5 points on 15 kills and one block assist while hitting .294 from the floor. Ashley Rhoades was second with 12.5 points on 11 kills and three block assists, she hit .435 percent. New Mexico ended the match hitting .221 percent from the floor to go with six blocks.
For complete statistics refer to the attached match box in the Bronco Extras section of this page.