LOGAN, Utah--Special things keep happening for the Boise State volleyball team. Tonight, the Broncos put away an old nemesis, Utah State, 25-16, 25-17, 25-23 for their first win in Logan in 17 years.
Sophomore Sierra Nobley's kill shot in the third set, her 19th of the match, landed on the floor in the middle of the Aggie players as Coach Shawn Garus' team shut out Utah State.
The Aggies had their usual homecourt advantage and played gamely--they didn't have the depth and overall talent.
“I am really proud of the way the team played tonight,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “Logan is never an easy place to play and they came back on us in the third set. We kind of took our foot off the peddle to start the final set but we were able to get momentum back as we strung things together and rallied for the win. It is another big win for us on the road.”
Boise State pulled away from USU in each of the first two sets. The Aggies tried vallently to extend the match in the third set, boasting a 16-11 lead. But coach Garus regrouped his girls and the Broncos came from a 20-17 deficit to score the next four points. Nobley climbed the ladder to go up high for the game-winning shot.
Boise State, which suffered season-opening defeats to two of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference on opening weekend, have now rebounded for three straight victories, and tonight's win should give them confidence the next time they set out on the road.
But they won't have time to savor the victory--after the drive back to Boise, the Broncos have to get ready for a tough San Jose State team Thursday night in Bronco Gym.
Nobley finished the match with a 43.2% hitting percentage, and her fifth double-double of the season, adding 11 digs. Sarah Baugh achieved her ninth double-double, dishing out 40 assists and scoring 11 digs in addition to four kills, one service ace and a block at the net.
Kaitlyn Oliver continued her strong play with a team-best 52.4% and was credited with 12 kills.
Racel Gale led Utah State with 12 kills while Kayla DeCoursey had 10.
The Bronco-Spartan match Thursday is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Bronco Gym.