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Four Broncos Receive MW Postseason Honors

Roberts, Hughes, Walley and Donahue honored by the Mountain West Conference

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State's Sabryn Roberts, Morgan Hughes, Janell Walley and Jessica Donahue are among the 25 student-athletes recognized on Monday by the Mountain West Conference with postseason volleyball honors. In all, the four Broncos received a combined five honors with Roberts, Hughes and Walley being named to the All-Mountain West First Team. In addition, Hughes also picked up the MW Newcomer of the Year accolade, while Donahue was named the MW Freshman of the Year. 

"I'm really happy for all four of them in getting postseason recognition from the conference," said head coach Shawn Garus. "They all worked hard and performed well on a consistent basis throughout the season and are much deserving of this recognition."

This marks the third-straight year that Boise State has had at least four members of its volleyball team receive conference postseason honors. It is also the second-consecutive season that both Roberts and Walley made the All-MW First Team. Hughes' MW Newcomer of the Year honor is the second for the program, as is Donahue's MW Freshman of the Year honor, since joining the league in 2011.

Roberts is a two-time All-MW honoree having earned the recognition in 2017 as well. The senior also received honorable-mention status in 2016 as a sophomore. The four-year starter played in every match tallying 229 kills in league play to average a team-best 3.27 per set which ranked fifth in the conference. She hit 22.8 percent in MW play with 14 service aces, 163 digs (2.33 dps) and 50 blocks (0.71 bps). On the year the senior led the team with 403 kills to rank fifth in the MW and 87th nationally, while averaging 3.60 kills per set, good for fourth in the MW. She finished the season hitting 24.4 percent with 20 service aces, 279 digs (2.49 dps) and 81 blocks (0.72) to lead the team in points with 467.5. Roberts finished her career ranked third in kills (1,292), sixth in kills per set (3.00), 21st in blocks (242) and third in points (1,484.0) in program history. 

Hughes, who is the second Bronco to earn the MW Newcomer of the Year award, after playing in all 18 league games in 2018, competing in a total of 70 sets. In league play she recorded 163 kills on 376 attacks, while hitting .277 percent and tallying 32 service aces. Hughes' 86 blocks during MW play was sixth-best in the league and helped lead a strong Broncos defense, who finished 12th nationally in total blocks (306) and 15th in blocks per set (2.73). During MW play, the Saint Mary's transfer averaged 2.33 kills, 1.23 blocks, 1.81 digs and 3.41 points per set. On the year, Hughes tallied 245 kills (2.19 kps), 21 assists, team-best 51 service aces to rank second in the MW and 13th nationally — averaged 0.46 aces per set to rank third in MW and 20th in NCAA — 198 digs (1.77 dps) and 133 blocks (1.19 bps) for 366 points. She finished her lone season at Boise State ranked tied for eighth in Bronco history for a single season in service aces, tied for 16th in service aces per set, tied for 15th in total blocks and 21st in blocks per set. 

Walley is a two-time All-MW honoree after earning the same recognition as a sophomore last season. The three-year starter battled through injuries this season to play in 24 matches with 21 starts, started all 14 matches played in MW action. The junior outside hitter had a team-third-best 132 kills and averaged 2.44 kills per set in league play to go with 15 assists, four service aces, 142 digs (2.63 dps), 44 blocks (0.81 bps) for 158.5 points. On the year, Walley tallied 192 kills, 33 assists, 11 service aces, a team-third-best 247 digs (2.81 dps) and 58 blocks (0.66 bps) for 232.5 points.

Donahue is the second Boise State student-athlete to earn MW Freshman of the Year honors after playing in 13 league matches, leading all underclassmen with 74 blocks. Her 1.40 blocks per set was good for second in the MW and she added 2.06 kills per set. The California native had four double-digit kill performances and nine conference matches with at least five blocks. Like Walley, she battled through injuries this season starting all 24 matches she played as a freshman to tally 195 kills for a 2.05 per set average while hitting 25.5 percent. She led the team in blocks with 135 to rank fifth in the MW, 41st nationally and 14th in program history. The freshman recorded two matches with 10 blocks and 17 with five or more while averaging 1.42 blocks per set to led the team, ranked second in the MW, 19th in NCAA and fifth in school history. 

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