Sierra Nobley An All-Around Explosive Force for the Boise State Volleyball Team

Boise State sophomore Sierra Nobley is becoming one of the most-feared volleyball players in the Mountain West Conference.

Boise State sophomore outside hitter Sierra Nobley is one of the most explosive players in the Mountain West Conference, and to avoid her mighty hits over the net, opponents have been keying on her, devising strategies to try to take her out of her game.

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Opponents will serve to her and try to hit the ball directly to her in an attempt to take her out of the play, or put a double block on her in attempts to negate her strong hitting force.  Those strategies have largely backfired.

To begin with, the entire Bronco team has developed to the point that they now have several weapons at their disposal.  If they don't want Nobley to beat them, Kaitlin Oliver will sky high and reign down a winner.  If they don't want Oliver to beat them, Sabryn Roberts jumps up and lets them have it.  If they try to stop Roberts, Maddy O'Donnell will ring one home.  Plus, as Nobley explains in the main video at the top of the story, Boise State is using their own counterstrategy, allowing her to make the same plays opponents are trying to stop.  In the win over San Diego State, Nobley again led the Bronco attack with 19 kills.

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Nobley leads the Mountain West in points (5.09 per set), she still is the runaway leader in kills (4.55--the next closest has 3.70) and she is now in the Top 10 in service aces with .29 per set.  Nobley is also third on the Broncos with 163 digs and fourth with 34 blocks.  As sophomore libero Maddi Osburn says, the Broncos have full confidence in Sierra.

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Senior setter Sarah Baugh is largely responsible for getting the ball to Nobley in a position to bring it home, and the two work extremely well together.

The all-around play of Nobley and that of her teammates is what has gotten Boise State to second place in the conference.  Colorado State has its share of weapons too, and the 20th-ranked Rams have not lost a match in MW play.  To pull off the upset and to begin getting recognition themselves, the Broncos will have to put bodies on the powerful spikers for CSU.  Boise State has been one of the league's top offensive teams for several years, but to win tonight, the Lady Broncos know they will have to do it with defense.

Nobley says that Boise State has been working hard on defense for the last several weeks and been studying film to counter things that Colorado State will try to do.  The two talented teams collide tonight at 7 in Bronco Gym.   


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