Broncos Fall in Three to No. 3 Hawaii

BOISE, Idaho - Facing a tough No. 3-ranked Hawaii team, the Boise State volleyball team fell in straight sets, 25-16, 25-14, on Thursday evening in Bronco Gym. The Broncos (6-20, 6-8 WAC) fall to a 0-21 record all-time against the Rainbow Wahine (24-2, 14-0).

Leading the Broncos all-around the court was sophomore setter Breann Nesselhuf, running the offense with her 29 assists and aiding the defense with seven digs on the night. Also making a big impact for the Broncos was junior Sadie Maughan who tallied a team-high of nine kills while freshman Liz Harden added seven kills for a team-leading .500 hitting percentage. Sophomore Amanda Remy led the team in digs with nine while Maughan and Harden led the team in blocks with one apiece. Junior Lauren Hamm added the sole ace serve for the Broncos.

The Rainbow Wahine were led by Stephanie Ferrell who collected a match-high of 11 kills on the night. Amber Kaufman led the match in hitting percentage with .538 on seven kills while also joining Dani Mafua as the match-leading blockers with five apiece. Kaufman also led the match in aces with three. Mafua added31 set assists, two ace serves and 10 digs to her stat line. Kanani Danielson led the backcourt defense with 11 digs while Aneli Cubi-Otineru aided the defense at the net with her four blocks.

The Broncos hit .121 overall while Hawaii recorded a .344 hitting percentage on the night. Boise State recorded 33 kills to Hawaii's 39 kills while also out-passing the Rainbow Wahine 41-36. The Broncos' errors were what weakened their game, recording 38 overall match errors to Hawaii's 19 errors.

With the win, the Rainbow Wahine improve to a 23 match winning streak in Western Athletic Conference matches and 19 straight wins over all opponents.

The Broncos close out their 2009 home schedule on Saturday, Nov. 14 in a 7 p.m. match against San Jose State. If the Broncos can pull out a win over the Spartans, their chances of advancing to the WAC Tournament will be solidified. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the Boise State football game and head over to Bronco Gym for the final home volleyball match of the season. Seniors Kati Lewis and Jeanene Rose will be honored just before the start of the match.


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