Boise State Volleyball Closes Out Home Season, Records Best Regular Season Conference Record in Over a Decade

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team closed-out their 2009 home schedule on Saturday evening by capturing their seventh win of the season, defeating San Jose State, 3-1, in Bronco Gym. The Broncos (7-20, 7-8 WAC) downed the Spartans 25-22, 25-12, 19-25, 25-21 in front of a enthusiastic crowd of 378 fans.

With the win, the Broncos produced the best regular season conference record by a Boise State volleyball team ever while in the Western Athletic Conference. They also produced the most conference wins in a season since 1998 when they had an 11-5 record in the Big West Conference. The San Jose Spartans (1-25, 1-14 WAC) were handed their second loss of the season to the Broncos, with the first coming as a 3-2 win for Boise State in San Jose, Calif.

Boise State was lead by the junior, middle blockers Alisha Young and Sadie Maughan with 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Maughan hit an outstanding .458 on the night while also leading the team in blocks with five. Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf ran a solid offense with 43 assists while also adding one service ace, ten digs and four blocks. Defensively, Amanda Remy led the backcourt with 13 digs while senior Jeanene Rose collected 11 digs and a match-high two service aces in her final home match in Bronco Gym. Fellow senior Kati Lewis added eight digs to the Bronco win.

San Jose State was led by Kylie Miraldi with 12 kills while Caitlin Andrade added five kills for a .455 hitting percentage. Andrande also added 38 assists on the night as well as 11 digs. Thao Pham led the team in digs with 13 while Alex Akana led the match in blocks with six.

Overall the Broncos hit .232 on the night with 53 kills. They also tallied eight team blocks and 58 digs on the night. San Jose State was held to a .187 hitting percentage and 49 kills. They tallied 54 digs and ten team blocks on the night.

Boise State will conclude their 2009 regular season on Thursday, Nov. 19 on the road. The Broncos will head to Moscow, Idaho to face the Vandals for the second time this season in an 8 p.m. (MT) match-up. The Broncos hold the head-to-head advantage over the Vandals after earning a 3-1 win in Boise on Oct. 12.

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