Morgan Hughes and Kiley Lewis
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Wyoming WY 17-10, 9-6 MW
Boise State BSU 17-9, 9-6 MW
Set Scores
Team 1 2 3 F
Wyoming WY 14 18 18 (0)
Boise State BSU 25 25 25 (3)

Game Recap: Women's Volleyball | | Courtesy: Boise State Athletics

It's A Block Party in Sweep Over Wyoming

Boise State moves into to a tie for fourth place with Wyoming in the league standings.

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State volleyball ran past Wyoming Thursday night collecting a sweep over the then-third-place Cowgirls 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 in Bronco Gym. Boise State used a balanced offense to stampede past Wyoming led by sophomore Kiley Lewis with her best match of the year hitting a career-high 52.2 percent and tied her season-high for kills with 13. 
"I thought we came out strong, we played with great energy and great enthusiasm," said Boise State head coach Shawn Garus. "The group of passers did a great job, I thought we passed really well. Then once Cassedi (Simon) gets the ball in her hands she is able to distribute it to a lot of our power hitters. She did a good job of getting isolations and giving our hitters good swings."

The win is the third straight for the Broncos as they improved to 17-9 overall and 9-6 in Mountain West Conference play heading into Saturday's big showdown with league-leading Colorado State (21-6, 13-2 MW) in Bronco Gym. Wyoming falls to 17-10 overall and 9-6 in league, tied for fourth with Boise State.

The Blue and Orange used a balanced offense all night to dominate the match with six of the eight Broncos recording at least two kills and four with seven or more. Lewis' 13 led the team, she made only one hitting error on 23 attacks and had four blocks on the night. 

Janell Walley followed with 10 while hitting 36.8 percent. The junior added seven digs and five blocks against the Cowgirls.

Morgan Hughes, the reigning MW Defensive Player of the Week, hit an impressive 43.8 percent for eight kills — also making only one hitting error on 16 attacks — to go with a team-high four service aces, five digs and four blocks.

Sabryn Roberts was held below double-digit kills for only the third time this year with seven, but tallied two service aces, four digs and three blocks. 

Jessica Donahue was solid at the net once more collecting a team-high seven blocks, she also hit 44.4 percent for five kills against Wyoming. The freshman now has 116 blocks on the year which is tied for 24th all-time in Bronco history, 15 short of 15th place.

Junior Cassedi Simon was the floor general at setter where she dished out 39 assists with two kills, one service ace, seven digs and one block. Freshman libero Jessie Brigham tallied a team-high 15 digs to lead the defense along the back row. 

Boise State's defense was key in this victory as the Broncos combined for 13 blocks. Four Broncos finished with three or more and six had at least one. In fact, the first two sets came to an end on Boise State blocks.
Boise State opened the night fast hitting a sizzling 51.5 percent in the first set as the Broncos cruised to an 11-point victory 25-14 over UW. The clinching point came on bock assists by Hughes and Walley.

The second set was nearly as dominating for the Blue and Orange as they sprinted out to the lead after Wyoming led early. Trailing 3-2, Boise State put it into cruise control hitting 35.5 percent to pull away from the Cowgirls with an 8-2 run, the Broncos never trailed again in the set as they took it by seven points 25-18. The clinching point also came on block assists, this time from Roberts and Donahue. 

The third set was a battle early on as the teams traded four lead changes and seven ties before the Broncos surged. Tied at 10, Boise State rolled off a 9-1 run powered by four blocks — two were a Walley and Hughes combination, one a Roberts solo. The Broncos were never seriously threatened after that run as they clinched the match 25-18 to collect the sweep.

On the night, Boise State hit a season-high 35.9 percent as a team for 45 kills on 45 assists to go with seven service aces, 44 digs and 13 blocks.

Wyoming was held to 15.5 percent hitting and 32 kills with 29 assists, one service ace, 31 digs and five blocks.

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