Broncos Fall at WAC Volleyball Tournament
RENO, Nev. In what turned out to be the final match of the season for the Boise State University volleyball team, the Broncos put a scare into No. 21 New Mexico State University at the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament, Wednesday.
The Broncos lost a close four-game match to the Aggies (28-30, 30-15, 31-29, 30-18) in the tournament’s opening round at the Lawlor Events Center. With the loss, the Broncos completed their season with an overall record of 13-17. The Aggies improved to 32-2 on the year.
After being swept in each of the two previous meetings this season, the seventh-seeded Broncos surprised the second-seeded Aggies in the opener, winning game one 30-28. Just as New Mexico State was pulling away at 7-12, the Broncos stormed back, reclaiming the lead with a nine-point run.
The Aggies were able to climb back to tie the score at 22, but sophomore setter Mandy Klein posted a solo block and a critical service ace on successive points that put Boise State up by two. With the score tied again (28-28) senior Cameron Flunder put the Broncos at game point with a kill, and sophomore Jeanette Jenkins posted a solo block that gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead over the nation’s 21st-ranked team.
The Aggies hit only .125 as a team in the opening game. However, in the second game, New Mexico State hit .382, evening the match with a 30-15 victory.
In a crucial third game, the Broncos came out on fire, posting an eight-point lead on New Mexico State (20-12). At that point, however, the Aggies went on a six-point run, and ultimately tied the game at 24-24.
Junior Jamie Claussen again put the Broncos ahead with a kill, and Flunder and Klein teamed for a block that put the Broncos up two. The Aggies tied the match at 26-26, and after trading side outs a couple times, the Broncos had the Aggies at game point (29-28). New Mexico State was able to score the next three points, though, and take the match lead (1-2).
In what would be the match’s final game, the Aggies took the lead at 1-2, and held it for the remainder. With an 18-30 win in game four, the Aggies won the match and moved on to the second round of the WAC tournament.
The Broncos were led by Flunder, who posted 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .355. The senior, who was named first team All-WAC for the third consecutive year, Tuesday, ends her Bronco career as the school’s all-time leader in kills (1,510). She added a team-high six blocks.
In her final career match in a Bronco uniform, senior Jackie Stroud led the team with 14 digs. The 2006 second team All-WAC selection completed her career as the school’s all-time leader in digs (1,491) and ranked third on the WAC all-time list.
Klein added 37 assists and Claussen (12) and Arlee Tamietti (11) each posted double-digit kills against the Aggies.
No. 21 New Mexico State def. Boise State 28-30, 30-15, 31-29, 30-18
Boise State (13-17) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Flunder, Cameron 13-1-6;
New Mexico State (32-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Borden, Alice 21-0-3;
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