Broncos Fight Off Bulldogs in 3-1 Win

BOISE, Idaho In a record-setting night, the Boise State volleyball team earned a 3-1 win over Western Athletic Conference opponent Fresno State on Thursday night. The Bronco improved to 9-17 (5-10 WAC) with the 28-26, 18-25, 25-17, 25-22 win over the Bulldogs (6-1, 3-11 WAC).

 

Senior setter Mandy Klein recorded 46 set assists on the night, needing only three to hit the career mark of 3,500 assists, which she did early in the first set. She now has a career total of 3,543 assists. Senior outside hitter Jeanette Jenkins was the second Bronco to make history Thursday night in Bronco Gym, notching 16 kills to surpass the 1,000 career kills mark by seven. Jenkins now has a career high of 1,007 kills.

 

Starting out at a steady pace, the Broncos were able to overcome six ties and four lead changes in the first set to pick up a close 28-26 win. As a team they tallied 14 kills and a .250 hitting percentage, holding off Fresno State’s 18 kill effort.

 

The Bulldogs registered a .242 percentage and 13 kills in set two, while the Broncos matched their opponent in kills, but hit only .194 to drop the second set.

 

With both teams tied at one set apiece, the third set looked to be a back and forth battle at the start. However, Jenkins spurred a comeback when the Broncos were down midway, hitting four consecutive kills to bring Boise State to an 18-16 lead. Freshman Lydia Blaha added a cherry on top of Jenkins work by hammering down an over-passed ball and joining sophomore Alisha King in a block assist, to put the Broncos up 20-16. From there the Bronco coasted to a 25-17 win.

 

Set four began slowly, but with the momentum of two sets under their belt and fiery court demeanor, the Broncos were able to come from behind for the second time and pass the Bulldogs for a 25-22 match clinching win.

 

“I think the team matured with their patience tonight,” said head coach Robin Davis. “They got their points in runs, playing well for spurts and backing off in spurts. It wasn’t as smooth as we wanted to be.”

 

Along with Klein’s outstanding performance in assists, she added a team high of two service aces and nine digs. Jenkins’ kill performance was backed-up by a solid hitting percentage of .268. Freshman Elizabeth Griffin tallied seven kills for the Broncos while Blaha added six for a .500 hitting percentage as well as a team high of six blocks (one solo). King tied Blaha for a team high of six blocks while also adding 13 kills (.244) and ten digs for a solid double-double. Sophomore libero Lauren Hamm led the match in digs with 22 on the night.

 

“Klein had a wonderful setting night for us,” exclaimed Davis. “Blaha was our most solid player in the middle, hitting and blocking really well for us while Jenkins and Griffin were really good on the outside.”

 

The Bulldogs were led by Baylee Platt who recorded a match high of 22 kills as well as producing a hitting percentage of .367 and a team high of 18 digs. Lacey Gera added 17 kills to the Bulldog offense while Allanah Munson ran that offense with her 43 set assists. Munson tied Meghan Moss for a match high of three service aces each. Kelly Leonardo led the team in blocks with six (two solo).

 

The Broncos hit 51 kills for a .231 percentage as well as recording 57 digs and 10 team blocks. Fresno State produced 51 kills as well, hitting only .128 on the night. The Bulldogs recorded 64 digs and nine team blocks in the match.

 

With the win, Boise State now holds a 2-0 record over the Bulldogs this season as well as a 7-13 record against the Bulldogs. The Broncos have secured at least a No. 7 seed for the WAC tournament next weekend in Hawai’i with their win over Fresno State.

 

Boise State will close out their regular season on Sat., Nov. 15 in a 7 p.m. match against Nevada. Three Bronco seniors, Jenkins, Klein and Maren Ericson will be recognized prior to the match.


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