Broncos Punch Ticket to WAC Tourney with Win over Spartans

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team punched their ticket to the 2010 Western Athletic Conference volleyball tournament on Monday (Nov. 15) night picking up a 3-1 (25-23, 15-25, 25-18, 25-22) win over San Jose State. The Broncos (21-11, 8-8 WAC) battled a tough, quick Spartan (8-21, 3-12 WAC) team to pick up their eighth WAC win of the season.

The night began with a ceremony honoring seniors Lauren Hamm, Sadie Maughan and Alisha Young, three Broncos who stepped it up in their final home match. Young led the match with 17 kills and an outstanding .485 hitting percentage, while also leading the team with two blocks and adding one ace. Hamm had an excellent night as well, racking up 16 digs and two aces on the night while Maughan added eight kills and one block in the win.

Young made her way into the Bronco record books as well, moving into the No. 10 spot in career kills with 1,035 (No. 9 is 1,039 held by Melissa Dahl, 1991-94). She also jumped all the way to No. 6 on the all-time season kills chart with her 17 kills, now holding 394 this season (No. 5 is 400 held by Julie Kaulius, 1997).

Freshman Casey Rose stepped into the match midway through the second set, proving an immediate impact. Rose tallied a match-high three aces and led the team with 25 assists and a perfect 1.000 hitting percentages with six kills on six attempts. Junior Breann Nesselhuf added 18 assists, one ace and one block, as well. Junior Amanda Remy led the team with 17 digs, while Kersti Whitney added 15. Fiona Jones racked up nine kills, seven digs and one ace, while Cailin Fellows added eight kills on the night.

The Spartans were able to keep the Broncos on their toes with a quick-paced offense. Kylie Miraldi and Taylor Japhet led that offense with nine kills apiece, while Krista Miller had a team-high of .444 hitting percentage. Alex Akana led the match in blocks with four while Courtney Zellmer led the backcourt defense with a match-high 18 digs. Katie Turner recorded a team-high of two aces, while Caitlin Andrade added 44 assists in the match.

With the win the Broncos improve to seven wins all-time against the Spartans. San Jose State still holds the series lead at 15-7 over Boise State.

The Broncos will continue their season at the 2010 WAC Tournament held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas from Nov. 22-24. They will likely enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed, and will play in Match 1 on Mon., Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. With a handful of matches throughout the conference yet to be played, the Broncos' match and time could still change. More information regarding the tournament will be released later in the week.

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