Broncos Upset New Mexico State in Epic 3-0 Win

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team pulled out a spectacular upset on Saturday (Nov. 13) night, sweeping New Mexico State, 3-0 (25-20,26-24, 25-23) in Bronco Gym. The Broncos earned their 20th win of the season (now 20-11, 7-8 WAC) and snapped NMSU's (18-11, 12-3 WAC) 13-match win streak over the Broncos and was Boise State's first win over the Aggies since 2004 when they won 3-1.

The Broncos' win Saturday night is the most season wins since the 1997 Bronco team earned a 20-12 record under coaches Darlene Bailey and Mike Waller. That same season was the last time the Broncos swept New Mexico State (Oct. 30, 1997), winning both matches against the Aggies, 3-0, that year.

In order to earn the win, Boise State had to exceed New Mexico State in nearly category, a feat they carried out well. Boise State tallied 39 kills, a .148 hitting percentage, 37 assists, 25 individual blocks and 13.0 team blocks. They held NMSU to 30 kills, a .032 hitting percentage, 19 individual blocks and 10.0 team blocks. The Aggies only outperformed in aces (3-to-1) and digs (39-to33) over Boise State.

Boise State was an emotionally powerful team on Saturday night with each player bringing intensity to the court. Looking indestructible, the Broncos were able to hold off the Aggies through 35 ties and 19 lead changes throughout the three sets to earn the monumental win.

Senior Alisha Young and sophomore Cailin Fellows led the Broncos offensively racking up 11 and nine kills, respectively. Both recorded solid hitting percentages as well, with Young hitting .348 and Fellows at .208. Senior Sadie Maughan led the team's defense at the net, racking up eight blocks (one solo), while Young added five blocks. Junior Breann Nesselhuf also added five blocks, while putting up 34 assists on the night as well. Helping the entire senior class step-up for the win, Lauren Hamm led the team with seven digs and made some crucial plays in the match. Sophomore Fiona Jones added eight kills and the team's only service ace.

New Mexico State was led by Kayleigh Giddens who racked up 11 kills to tie Young for the match-high. Giddens had the best hitting percentage on the team, a very uncharacteristic .182, showing that Boise State was solid in their defense. The Aggies Whitney Woods led the team with seven blocks, while Kelsey Brennan added five (one solo). Giddens, Woods and Brennan each picked up one of the three aces scored by the Aggies, while Jennah DeVries added 27 assists to the night. Kelsi Phillips led the match in digs, tallying 15 in their loss.

Although the Aggies lost Saturday night they still hold a 16-9 series lead over Boise State.

Boise State improved their chances of advancing to the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas (Nov. 22-24), but still need a win in their final match to solidify the trip. The Broncos play host to San Jose State on Mon., Nov. 15 for their final regular season match of the season. Three seniors, Lauren Hamm, Alisha Young and Sadie Maughan will be honored prior to the match. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the team in their final match in Bronco Gym at 7 p.m.

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