BOISE, Idaho - Boise State showed composure and growth on Tuesday night earning a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-23) sweep over Utah Valley State. Just one season ago, the Wolverines earned an easy sweep over the Broncos, but after a year of training with second-year head coach Shawn Garus, the Broncos are showing up with big developments in their play. The win is only the second ever for Boise State over Utah Valley, bringing the all-time series to 6-2.
After jumping out to a quick lead in the first set, the Broncos only fought off two ties and one lead change before out-powering Utah Valley 25-17. In the second set, the roles were reversed with UVU coming out with energy. The Broncos fought from behind, forcing six ties and two lead changes before clinching the second set 25-23. The final set was much closer throughout; battling over 15 ties and eight lead changes the Broncos came out on top thanks to some high-energy plays at the end of the match, winning 25-23.
Senior Alisha Young was a consistent force for the Broncos, tallying 11 kills (.500), a match-leading five blocks and 14.5 points, as well as earning one of the team's five service aces on the night. Sophomore Fiona Jones matched Young's team-high of 11 kills while adding four blocks of her own, one service ace and 14.0 points. Senior Sadie Maughan added eight kills (.357) and four blocks to the efforts as well. Junior Breann Nesselhuf added 36 assists while Amanda Remy controlled the backcourt with her 14 digs.
Utah Valley's Kayli Doxey led the match with 13 kills, but was held to a .143 hitting percentage. Doxey tied Chelsey Heaps and Lanni O'Reilly for a team high of eight digs apiece while Doxey and O'Reilly had the team's two service aces. Sarah Clement led the team with three blocks.
Overall the Broncos dominated at the net with 44 kills, a .310 hitting percentage and 18 blocks. UVU was held to a .198 hitting percentage on 41 kills and had only 10 blocks.
The Broncos have a quick turnaround, returning to action Wednesday (Sept. 8) on the road at Weber State in a 7 pm match-up. They continue on their road trip to Laramie, Wyo., to take on University of Texas-Arlington, Portland and tournament host Wyoming in the Uni/Wyo Cowgirl Classic Sept. 10-11.