Nov. 8, 2014
RENO, Nev. - Boise State raced past the Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday afternoon to claim its second sweep of the weekend with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 win at Reno, Nev., in a Mountain West volleyball match. After a tight opening set that saw eight ties and four lead changes, Boise State dominated the final two sets never trailing in either one. The win improved Boise State to 15-11 overall and 8-6 in conference play.
"I am really pleased with the way the team came out and competed today," said coach Shawn Garus. "Our passing was key for us today against the top team in our league for serving. Sierra (Nobley) continues to be consistent for us leading in kills again, and we are seeing other players like Kaitlyn Oliver, Maddy O'Donnell and Taylor Murphey step up for us on a regular basis."
Freshman standout Sierra Nobley led the Broncos with 12 kills against the Wolf Pack to go with one assist, seven digs and one block. She was backed up by Kaitlyn Oliver and Maddy O'Donnell with eight kills each, while O'Donnell added a team-high six blocks. Oliver hit a team-best 38.9 percent.
Taylor Murphey added seven kills and three blocks. Junior setter Sarah Baugh became the 12th Bronco in history to reach the 1,000 assists milestone in a season when she dished out 35 against the Wolf Pack to give her 1,012. She added three kills, seven digs and a team-second-best four blocks.
Defensively, Hannah Hubbard led the team with 12 digs, followed by Maddi Osburn with 11. Boise State finished the night hitting 20 percent for 44 kills, in addition the Broncos added 42 assists, three service aces, 44 digs and eight blocks.
It was a big week for the Broncos who started a six match stretch to close the season that will have them on the road for five of the contests. What was impressive this week was the domination of the Broncos who won both matches by sweep. Next week they play one game on the road at Fresno State before returning home to host San Diego State on Nov. 19.
"It is great to get the sweep on the road this week, especially winning both in three sets," commented Garus. "The team has practiced hard all week, everyone has given it their all for us to get better and it showed on this trip in the way we played. I am really pleased, now we need to continue it at Fresno next week."
Nevada was led by Tessa Lea'ea with nine kills and three blocks. The Wolf pack hit 10.5 percent against the Broncos for 30 kills. They also had 29 assists, three aces, 40 digs and seven blocks.
The victory over the Broncos oldest rival in the Mountain West gave the Broncos a season sweep over the Wolf Pack. It was also the seventh consecutive win in the series for the Blue and Orange.