Boise State Volleyball Falls 3-0 to New Mexico State in WAC Semifinals, End Season 8-22

LAS VEGAS - The Boise State volleyball season came to an end on Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The No. 6-seeded Broncos (8-22) finished their season with their third 3-0 loss to No. 2-seeded New Mexico State (19-8) this season, but had a very successful run at the end of their season.

The Broncos advanced further into the WAC Tournament than any other Boise State volleyball team since they joined the conference in 2001 as well as earning their best conference record (7-9) ever in the WAC.

After pulling out an upset win over No. 3-seed Idaho last night, the Broncos continued on to face New Mexico State Tuesday night. The Aggies were too much to handle, however, handing the Broncos their final loss of the season, 25-16, 26-24, 26-10.

"New Mexico State is a good program," said first year head coach Shawn Garus. "Our toughest thing is to match up with them at the net."

The Aggies did control the net leading 8-3 in blocks as well as 48-24 in kills. NMSU also held a .391 hitting percentage while Boise State recorded a .067 percentage.

The Broncos were led by sophomore Elizabeth Griffin who tallied nine kills and a .160 hitting percentage on the night. Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf added 23 assists and led the team in blocks with two while junior Lauren Hamm led the match with two service aces. Senior Jeanene Rose finished her career with a team-leading eight digs, bringing her career total to 851 digs.

NMSU was led by Kayleigh Giddens who totaled 13 kills while setter Jennah Devries added 37 assists. Four Aggies had service aces while Giddens was joined by Kelsi Phillips for the match-high of nine digs apiece. Erin Birmingham, Kelsey Brennan and Whitney Woods each had three blocks to lead the match.

The Broncos end their season with an 8-22 record, turning a 0-11 start to the season into a semifinal WAC tournament berth.

Three Broncos made their way into the all-time record books this season, with Sadie Maughan leading the way by holding the No. 3 spot in career points with 817.0. Alisha Young moved into the No. 5 spot with 772.0 points. The pair also made their way onto the season points chart with Maughan sitting at tie for No. 5 with 345.0 season points while Young holds the No. 7 spot with 344.0 season points. Maughan also holds the No. 10 spot for career total blocks with 291 while Lauren Hamm took over the No. 8 spot in career digs totaling 1,026 digs.

Seniors Jeanene Rose and Kati Lewis finish their four-year careers as Broncos.

New Mexico State advances to the tournament finals where they will face the winner of the No. 1 seeded Hawaii vs. No. 5-seeded Fresno State match which is being played Tuesday evening. The finals are slated for 6:30 pm (PT) on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the Orleans Arena.



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