RUSTON, La. - The Boise State volleyball team fought to a five-set win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday (Nov. 7) afternoon, sweeping the Lady Techsters two matches to none in the Western Athletic Conference regular season. Boise State (6-19, 6-7 WAC) rode on the backs of three Broncos who had career-best performances to pull off a 25-19, 20-25, 27-25, 23-25, 15-9 win over Louisiana Tech (14-16, 4-10 WAC).
Sophomore Elizabeth Griffin was one of three Broncos to set a career-best in the match, tallying up 18 kills and four block assists on the night. Her total kill career-best was improved by two on Saturday. Freshman Liz Harden set three bests with her first-ever double-double, doubling her career-best in digs to 16 and adding 13 kills. Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf also added a double-double on the day while also upping her career-best in digs by two to 15.
A handful of additional Broncos contributed solid efforts in the win with junior Alisha Young adding 16 kills and a match-high of six block assists and senior Jeanene Rose racking up a match-high of 24 digs. Freshman Kersti Whitney also added a team-high of two service aces while Nesselhuf tallied 53 assists to reach her double-double status.
The match was fairly close throughout, with the Broncos and La Tech battling back and forth in the first, third and fourth sets. In the second set, Louisiana Tech was able to jump to an early lead and maintain throughout while the two teams battled early in the fifth set, but Boise State jumped to a significant lead in the later half of the set.
The Broncos hit .231 on the day with 66 kills as well as recording four ace serves, 85 digs and 16 individual blocks.
La Tech had 60 kills with a .161 hitting percentage. The Lady Techsters also recorded seven aces, 69 digs and 16 blocks. La Tech was led by Kassia Pinto all-around with 14 kills, four service aces and 19 digs. Nataliya Panova and KC Clayton also added 13 kills apiece. Panova recorded a double-double by adding 12 digs. Kara Jones led the team in blocks with five total.
Notching their sixth win of the season, the Broncos have earned their best conference record since 2006 when they went 6-10. If the Broncos can produce one more regular season conference win, they will hold the best conference record by a Boise State volleyball team ever while in the WAC as well as the best conference record since 1998 when the team went 11-5 in Big West Conference play.
With the win the Broncos solidify their chances of advancing to the 2009 WAC Championship Tournament. They have three matches remaining with Hawaii and San Jose State traveling to Boise on Thursday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 14, respectively, with senior night scheduled for the Nov. 14 match. The Broncos close their 2009 regular season on the road in Moscow, Idaho, facing the University of Idaho on Nov. 19.