BOISE, Idaho--The Boise State volleyball team won for the fourth consecutive time in eight days, overpowering San Jose State,
After getting through that tough stretch, Coach Shawn Garus' Lady Broncos are rewarded with a week off before road contests at Nevada and San Diego State.
"This felt great, "Garus said. "Now we move into a weekend off. This is what we wanted to do, win fast and move on into the break where we can rest up and be ready for next week and the second half of conference."
The Spartans, selected to finish 11th in the Mountain West preseason poll, have nevertheless reached 10 wins this season, and put up a strong battle in sets one and two before being buried by a Bronco barrage in the deciding set.
Freshman Sabryn Roberts scored five kills in the opening set with sophomore Sierra Nobley bringing home the winner to give Boise State a 25-22 victory. The Broncos captured set two, 25-16 in action that was much closer than the final score.
After achieving leads of 13-4 and 21-9 in the final set, Reese Carmen, the tallest player ever for Boise State at 6-5, got into the action with two late kills. Kaitlin Oliver and Roberts finished the match with kills to give Boise State a 25-12 win in the final set to send the home crowd happy. Roberts had 13 kills on the evening to lead the Bronco offense.
Nobley, who played in the Bronco back line most of the night, had 11 kills and 12 digs for Boise State for her third consecutive double-double.
Boise State played amazing defense all night long with numerous blocks at the net and digs deep in the Bronco back line. Maddi Osburn dove for loose balls throughout the match and finished with a team-high 16 digs, Hannah Hubbard had eight and Katelyn Kinghorn contributed five blocks and five digs.
That Bronco defense held the Spartan women to just 18.8% hitting. Hana Tresnakova led San Jose State with 12 kills.
Boise State improves to 12-6 on the season and is 4-2 in Mountain West play, while the Spartans fell to 10-8 and 2-3 in conference action.
The next home match on October 22 lines Boise State up with #21 Colorado State, a team the Broncos took to five sets before falling on the road. Boise State has declared a "blackout" for that match, with fans encourage to wear black. The evening will also include free sunglasses for Bronco fans.