Doc Barnes

Boise State Bronco Volleyball Team Shuts Down the UNLV Rebels 3-0

After a physically and emotionally draining five-set win over Fresno State, the Bronco volleyball team came out anything but flat against UNLV.

LAS VEGAS--The Boise State volleyball team put a capper on an incredible road trip with a 25-13, 25-17, 25-23 win over UNLV last night.

The Broncos showed tremendous resiliency after a grueling five set win over Fresno State Thursday and actually looked like the more aggressive and energetic team over the homestanding Rebels.  UNLV carried a ten-match home winning streak into the game with Coach Shawn Garus' Broncos.

Boise State used the opening minutes to build an 11-4 lead in set #1, and extended the lead from there to win 25-13.  UNLV did not land one successful attack in the set, an oddity in collegiate volleyball  The Lady Broncos spotted their opponent a 10-6 lead in the second set only to go on a 19-7 run to win that one as well going away.

Boise State led most of the third set and led 21-17 before five unanswered points by the Rebels gave UNLV a 22-21 lead.  The Broncos responded with two points only to see UNLV tie it at 23.  Freshman Sabryn Roberts' kill put her team within one point of the match, and sophomore Sierra Nobley ripped a decisive kill to give the Broncos the victory. 

"I am proud of the way the team came out and competed tonight," said head coach Shawn Garus. "Tonight we started with intensity and took momentum early and never really let up. It was big for us to take the first two sets, I knew that UNLV is a good team and could come back on us if we let up. The third set was tight but I thought we did a good job calming ourselves when they came back and took the lead. Fortunately, Sabryn (Roberts) and Sierra (Nobley) got big hits for us to put us over the top.” 

Garus' team advanced their record to 17-7 overall and 10-3 in the Mountain West Conference.  The Broncos remain three games behind #18 Colorado State, which shut out Nevada yesterday and is now 13-0 in the Mountain West and 19-3 overall this season.  UNLV, which finished tied for #2 with Boise State in a preseason poll of the league's coaches, fell to 13-10 and 6-5.

Nobley and senior setter Sarah Baugh, two players seemed destined to land spots on the all-conference team for a second year, each recorded double-doubles for the Broncos.  Baugh achieved the feat for a league-leading 13th time, setting up 38 assists and scoring 11 digs.  Nobley recorded her 10th double-double of the year with a team-high 15 kills and 10 digs.

Baugh has temporarily moved to #1 in the nation in assists per set, with the NCAA yet to update data from last night's action--see chart at the bottom of this article.  Baugh now has 3,418 career assists at Boise State, fifth all-time.  

Roberts was deadly accurate all night, finishing with 12 kills and no errors for a spectacular hitting percentage of 60%.  Kaitlyn Oliver was also on target, hitting 37.5% with seven kills along with two blocks.  Junior Maddy O'Donnell added five kills and a team-high five blocks.

As a team, the Broncos finished 33.6% with 46 kills, 44 assists, 53 digs, 8 blocks and 3 service aces.  The Boise State defense limited UNLV to just 10.8%.

 

Ceannia Kincade led the Rebels with 10 kills and six digs, followed by Bree Hammel with nine kills.

Boise State travels to play San Jose State in their lone match this week before returning home to host four of their final five contests.

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Assists Per Set
Last updated - October 29, 2015 Through games of October 28, 2015
RANKNAMETEAMCLHEIGHTPOSITIONSASSISTSPER SET
1 Sarah Baugh Boise St. Sr. 5-9 S 81 993 12.26
2 Avery Acker SMU Sr. 5-9 S 83 1014 12.22
3 Katie George Louisville Sr. 5-10 S 72 871 12.10
4 Ainise Havili Kansas So. 5-10 S 69 834 12.09
5 Paige Brown Appalachian St. Sr. 5-6 S 78 922 11.82
6 Kayla Ostrom Lipscomb Jr. 5-9 S 88 1035 11.76
7 Hannah Klemm Hofstra Jr. 5-10 S 98 1144 11.67
8 Lauren Carlini Wisconsin Jr. 6-2 S 72 840 11.67
- Sierra Wilson Alabama Sr. 5-10 S 93 1085 11.67
10 Lauren Greenspoon Chattanooga So. 5-7 S 74 859 11.61
11 Hannah Tedrow Loyola Marymount Sr. 5-8 S 84 968 11.52
12 Mallory Warrington Arkansas St. Jr. 5-7 S 79 904 11.44
13 Sam Bedard Murray St. Sr. 5-8 S 69 789 11.43
14 Kelly Hunter Nebraska So. 5-11 S 74 846 11.43
15 Nicole Johnson Ill.-Chicago So. 5-10 S 96 1095 11.41
16 Stephanie Aiple Texas A&M So. 6-1 S 58 659 11.36
17 Jo Wilks Furman Sr. 5-8 S 73 829 11.36
18 Allison Penner UNCG Fr. 5-11 S 72 817 11.35
19 Mackenzie Dagostino Florida Sr. 5-10 S 65 735 11.31
20 Samantha Seliger Swenson Minnesota Fr. 5-11 S 76 859 11.30
21 Sydney Griffin North Dakota So. 5-11 S 97 1094 11.28
22 Emma Pettit Villanova Sr. 5-10 S 82 924 11.27
23 Kennedy Kurtz Sacramento St. So. 5-10 S 94 1056 11.23
24 Katie Brand Kansas St. Jr. 6-1 S 77 856 11.12
25 Ashley Evans Purdue So. 6-1 S 72 799 11.10

CAREER - ASSISTS

No. Total Individual                                                               Years

1. 4,774 Brandy Mamizuka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1995-98

2. 3,997 Allisa Victor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1988-91

3. 3,944 Sara Herzberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1984-87

4. 3,583 Mandy Klein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2005-08

5. 3,418 Sarah Baugh.......................................................2012-2015

6. 3,075 Breann Nesselhuf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2009-11

7. 2,455 Beth Bergin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1979-82

8. 2,080 Chera Sommer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999-2002

9. 1,862 Christina Melvin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2003-04

10.1,696 Mindy Bennett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2001-04


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