Broncos Swept By No. 7 Hawaii

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State volleyball team played host to No. 7 ranked Hawaii on Thursday evening, dropping their second match against the Rainbow Wahine this season. The Broncos played tough, but were unable to hang in, dropping 25-15, 25-13, 25-17 at Bronco Gym. With the win, Hawaii improves to 20-3 (13-1 WAC) while Boise State drops to 7-17 (3-10 WAC).


The Broncos started the first set a bit shaky, hitting six kills for a .033 percentage while Hawaii was able to total 14 kills and a .296 percentage. Boise State improved their percentage in set two to .057 while accumulating five kills. The Rainbow Wahine registered 18 kills and a .333 percentage in their set two win. The third set was the best for both teams with Hawaii hitting .440 (15 kills) and Boise State hitting a percentage of .080 (seven kills).


Sophomores Alisha King and Sadie Maughan led the Bronco efforts, recording five kills each on the night. King also led the team in digs with six, while Maughan registered a team high hitting percentage of .364. Another sophomore, Lauren Hamm, added five digs to the defensive efforts while leading the team in service aces with two. Senior Mandy Klein tallied 13 assists on the night while freshman Lydia Blaha tallied two blocks (one solo). Senior Jeanette Jenkins added the Broncos’ only other solo block and added two kills making her career total 974. Jenkins needs only 26 kills to reach the landmark number of 1,000 career kills while Klein need only 39 assists to reach a career total of 3,500.


“We felt really good about the level of play tonight,” said head coach Robin Davis. “We had four great aces and we led two of the sets a third of the way into each one. We played really tough tonight.”


Hawaii’s Jamie Houston led the match in kills, tallying 11 while also contributing a hitting percentage of .556. Setter Dani Mafua added 38 assists and two block assists while Nickie Thomas led the match in blocks with three (one solo). Kanani Danielson recorded a game high of 18 digs while Tara Hittle added 11 on the night. Amber Kaufman added three ace serves out of seven total for the Wahine.


Boise State totaled 18 kills and a .056 hitting percentage while also adding four aces and four team blocks to the mix. Hawaii tallied 47 kills and a .352 hitting percentage while adding five team block and seven aces.


With the loss, the Wahine improves to 18-0 against the Broncos.


Boise State will play host to Louisiana Tech on Saturday night at Bronco Gym. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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