Bronco Volleyball Team Outlasts Idaho

On paper, it shouldn't have been close. But the Boise State volleyball team is learning that anything less than its best performance lets their opponent have a chance to win. The Lady Broncos prevailed last night in a tight five-set match over Idaho in Bronco Gym.

The Boise State volleyball team rebounded from a tough road loss at Fresno State with a hard-fought five-set win over Idaho in front of 1,489 fans last night in Bronco Gym. After winning the first two sets by identical 25-22 counts, the Lady Broncos could not close the door and lost 26-24.

As a result the Vandals' new-found confidence propelled them to a lopsided 25-19 win in the fourth set. Coach Shawn Garus's team returned to their level of play just in time to squeak out a 15-10 win in the final set.

The Broncos have shown great team play in racking up a 14-3 record. Now they are learning that they have to be at their best at all times in order to win. When it isn't, they could lose as they did in Fresno. They barely escaped last night. The next time? Better not to tempt fate.

Alisha Young led the Lady Broncos with 21 kills while Sadie Maughan contributed 14 kills and 10 blocks, Liz Harden recorded 10 kills and seven blocks and Cailin Fellows and Fiona Jones added seven kills each. Jones and Kersti Whitney each had 14 digs to lead Boise State. Breann Nesselhuf once again led the team with 53 assists and added 10 digs.

Allison Walker paced Idaho with 16 kills and 12 digs while Kelsey Taylor had 11 kills and 11 blocks. Cassie Hamilton had 25 digs while Jennifer Feicht had 54 assists, seven blocks and two aces.

Boise State will have to step up its game Saturday as the two teams will have a rematch in Moscow. The two teams battle with the first serve set for 8 p.m. Mountain time.


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