Broncos Fall to Nevada, 3-0, on Senior Night

BOISE, Idaho In an important Western Athletic Conference regular season match, the Boise State volleyball team was looking for a win over Nevada to improve their No. 7 seed for the WAC tournament. The Broncos (9-18, 5-11 WAC) weren’t able to earn the win, dropping 3-0 to the Wolf Pack (12-14, 7-9 WAC) Saturday night at Bronco Gym. The Wolf Pack improved to 2-0 over the Broncos in the 2008 season as well as improving their all-time series record to 23-18 over Boise State.

 

Three Bronco seniors were honored Saturday night prior to the match, including: outside hitter Jeanette Jenkins, setter Mandy Klein and outside hitter Maren Ericson. In her final match at Bronco Gym, Jenkins tallied five kills, two digs and two block assists. Klein tied for the leading team mark in digs with nine, while also adding 25 assists. Ericson added four kills (.167 percentage) and four digs on the night.

 

In the closest set of the match, Boise State was on the scoreboard first; however Nevada took over the lead quickly and held the Broncos to only three ties throughout the remainder of the set. The Broncos tallied a .250 hitting percentage on 11 kills while the Wolf Pack had 15 kills and a .273 percentage in the 25-21 Nevada win.

 

Set two was very similar up until the halfway point when Nevada was able to slowly pull ahead to a 25-19 win. Nevada tallied 15 more kills and a .263 percentage while the Broncos struggled with only eight kills and a .059 percentage.

 

Nevada took control in the final set, allowing the only lead change and tie to come at the 1-1 mark. The Wolf Pack clinched the match on a 25-17 set three win. Boise State hit nine kills and a -.026 percentage while Nevada notched 12 kills and a .242 percentage.

 

Sophomore Alisha King led the way offensively for the Broncos racking up eight kills, four service aces (tying her single-match career best), six digs and one block assist. Sophomore Sadie Maughan added seven kills and one block assist as well. Matching Klein’s team-leading digs mark, sophomore Lauren Hamm added nine digs as well as two assists and one service ace to the mix. Jenkins joined freshman Lydia Blaha in leading the team in blocks with two assists each.

 

Leading the match in kills was Nevada’s Lindsay Baldwin with 14 kills and a .333 percentage, while also producing a match high of five block assists. Kylie Harrington added 12 kills and a solid .320 percentage as well as two service aces to lead the Wolf Pack. Setter Sonnie Sei added 36 assists while Allison Hernandez and Nicole Link added 13 and 12 digs, respectively.

 

With Saturday night’s loss, the Broncos remain the No. 7 seed for the WAC tournament hosted by Hawai’i in Honolulu. The Broncos will head to the islands early next week to take part in the tournament spanning from Thurs., Nov. 20 through Sun., Nov. 23.


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