Boise State Sweeps Air Force
Maddi Osburn led the Broncos in digs with 10.
Nov. 1, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - Maddy O'Donnell and Sierra Nobley combined for 24 kills and 12 blocks to lead Boise State past Air Force in straight sets 25-18, 25-14, 25-23 in a Mountain West Conference volleyball match Saturday afternoon in Bronco Gym. The Bronco tandem each tallied 12 kills while O'Donnell recorded a team-high seven blocks followed by Nobley who tied her career-high with five. The win snapped a three-match losing streak for Boise State who improved to 13-11 overall and 6-6 in league play. 
"It was great to get the win today, I was impressed with how we played and fought in the third set to close the match out," said coach Shawn Garus. "It was a scrappy defensive effort by the team all around, led by Maddi Osburn in the back with a team-high 10 digs and Maddy O'Donnell's play at the net with a great effort blocking."
After a slow start in the first set, the Broncos regrouped and dominated the rest of the frame, as well as the second set to take control the match. Tied at 15 in set one, Boise State came alive rolling off a 10-3 run to claim the victory. O'Donnell had two kills and one block in the run, while Nobley had two kills and two blocks.
The second set was all Boise State who never trailed in the frame as the Blue and Orange took a 2-0 match lead heading into the break. The third set saw Air Force come out an battle the Broncos through 11 ties and nine lead changes. The Falcons had taken a 21-18 lead late and looked to have momentum going their way when Boise State rallied. The Broncos finished the set on a 7-2 run, including five straight to go up 23-21, as they grabbed the 25-23 win to secure the match victory in straight sets. 
O'Donnell had a great match hitting 52.4 percent for her 12 kills, as well as tallying one assist, one ace, one dig and the team-best seven blocks. Nobley hit a solid 36 percent to record her 12 kills, while adding one ace, two digs and five blocks. 
"O'Donnell was solid up front today hitting the ball, she and Sierra (Nobley) had some big hits for us at key times," commented Garus. "They continue to be a consistent force for us at the net and are causing our opponents problems. Our future looks good with those two leading us"
Taylor Murphey chipped in with six kills, two assists, three digs and three blocks. Kaitlyn Oliver added six kills and two blocks to the Bronco effort.  Freshman Maddi Osburn led the team defensively with a team and career-high 10 digs, Hannah Hubbard was next with nine followed by Alyssa Gammel with eight. Sarah Baugh dished out 35 assists and had a third-best four blocks.
Boise State hit 27.6 percent as a team for 43 kills, in addition to 40 assists, five service aces, 36 digs and 11 blocks. 
Air Force was led by Akokwe Clements and Maggie Sherrill with seven kills each. The Falcons were held to 12.4 percent hitting by the Broncos. The visitors finished with 30 kills, 30 assists, one service ace, 36 digs and seven blocks.
"Now we have to take the momentum on the road to close out the season," said Garus. "It is not going to be easy with five of our last six away from our gym, but I believe we can do it if the team plays together and works hard. We have faced and defeated several of the teams once already, so we can do it again if we play well."
Boise State now faces a tough stretch to close the season as the Broncos play five of their final six matches on the road beginning with San Jose State and Nevada next week. Boise State's lone home match remaining is San Diego State on Nov. 19.   

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