BOISE, Idaho Despite holding late leads in three of the match’s four games, the Boise State University volleyball team fell to No. 13 Hawai’i (30-28, 30-32, 32-30, 30-22), Wednesday, at Bronco Gym.
The Broncos dropped to 11-16 this season and 4-10 in WAC play, while the Rainbow Wahine improved to 22-5 overall and 14-1 in the WAC.
After five lead changes, the first game could have gone either way. The Rainbow Wahine held their biggest lead of the match at 1-5, but the Broncos stormed back, taking control at 7-6 and building a six-point lead at 23-17, and again at 26-20. Hawaii reeled off six consecutive points, tying the match at 26, and took the lead at 27-28. After sophomore Arlee Tamietti posted a kill to tie the score at 28, Hawaii won the next two points, closing out Boise State 28-30.
The second game was even tighter than the first one. This game, however, fell in favor of the Broncos. After 10 lead changes and with neither team ever leading by more than three, Boise State found itself up 28-27. The Broncos had game point at 29-28, but Hawai’i was able to tie the game at 30. Following a kill from Tamietti and a ball-handling error from the Rainbow Wahine’s Kanoe Kamana’o, Boise State tied the match with a 32-30 victory over the nation’s 13th-ranked team.
Boise State was in control for the majority of game three. The Broncos snagged the lead at 6-5 and held it until they reached game-point (29-24). Hawai’i stormed back, however, taking hold of the lead for only the second time in the game at 29-30 after posting six consecutive points. Sophomore Jeanette Jenkins tied the score at 30 with a kill, but Hawai’i was again able to close out the Broncos, this time at 30-32.
The Broncos came out on fire in game four, posting a 12-6 lead. Hawai’i took its first game four lead at 15-16, but kills from Jenkins and sophomore Mandy Klein put the Broncos right back on top (17-16). Hawai’i fought right back, retaking control at 17-18. From there the Rainbow Wahine didn’t look back, posting a 12-5 run to claim a game four win (30-22) and a match victory.
Senior Jackie Stroud, who earned WAC Player of the Week honors Monday, recorded 17 digs against the Rainbow Wahine, moving into fifth place on the WAC all-time list for digs in a career (1,480).
Jenkins and senior Cameron Flunder each posted 16 kills to lead the Broncos. Flunder’s hitting percentage of .583 led Boise State and was the second-highest by a Bronco this season. Tamietti added 13 kills to tie her career high.
With 54 assists, Klein set a career high in a four game match, and posted her second-highest total of the season.
Boise State continues its final home stand of the season with matches against Utah State, Thursday at 7:00 p.m., and Nevada, Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Both matches will be held in Bronco Gym.
Hawai`i def. Boise State 30-28,30-32,32-30,30-22
Nov. 15, 2006
Hawai`i (22-5, 14-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Mason, Sarah 25-4-4;
Houston, Jamie 25-2-4; Sanders, Juliana 8-0-10; Gregory, Kari 6-0-5;
Kaufman, Amber 6-0-2; Kamana`o, Kanoe 2-2-7; Thurlby, Cayley 0-1-0;
Totals 72-9-17.0. (Assists) - Kamana`o, Kanoe 60. (Dig leaders) - Lee,
Jayme 16; Mason, Sarah 12; Houston, Jamie 8
Boise State (11-16, 4-10) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Flunder, Cameron
16-3-4; Jenkins, Jeanette 16-0-0; Tamietti, Arlee 13-3-2; Claussen,
Jamie 8-1-1; Hewitt, Robyn 6-0-1; Klein, Mandy 4-0-2; Ardron, Elise
0-0-1; Stroud, Jackie 0-2-0; Totals 63-9-6.0. (Assists) - Klein, Mandy
54. (Dig leaders) - Stroud, Jackie 17; Claussen, Jamie 13; Rose,