Photos by DeLayne Ripplinger. Article by Kyle Cottam / USU Athletic Media Relations
LOGAN, Utah – Utah State women’s volleyball hit .237 (38-11-114) on Tuesday night, its second-highest total of the season, but played a Boise State team that hit .298 (52-16-121), falling 3-0 to the Broncos on Kirby Court at the Wayne Estes Center. The loss drops the Aggies to 4-15 on the year and 0-5 in the Mountain West, while Boise State moved to 11-6 and 3-2.
“It is frustrating, because we are giving ourselves a lot of chances,” head coach Grayson DuBose said after the match. “We just get a little anxious and nervous at the end of games and run into problems. We hit the ball pretty well tonight, but just allowed some of their girls to go off.”
Boise State was led by sophomore outside Sierra Nobley with 19 kills, hitting .432 (19-3-37) and was followed closely by redshirt sophomore middle Kaitlyn Oliver with 12 kills, hitting .524 (12-1-21). Nobley opened the first set with nine kills and broke a 3-3 deadlock with three straight to give the Broncos a lead that was never relinquished. Utah State fought off a pair of Bronco set points behind kills by junior outside Kaylie Kamalu and sophomore right side Kayla DeCoursey, but ultimately fell, 25-16.
Service errors derailed Utah State counter attacks in the second set as the home side committed three, allowing the Broncos to side out at an 83-percent clip. With the Aggies out of sync, Boise State scored back-to-back points to begin the set and led from start-to-finish, closing out the frame 25-17 and taking a 2-0 lead.
Utah State came out with some fire in the third set and scored each of the first two points, capped by a kill by Kamalu. The teams then fought through four ties until the Aggies scored back-to-back points behind a service ace by freshman defensive specialist Tasia Taylor and a kill by sophomore outside Rachel Gale, breaking an 8-8 tie and giving the home side a 10-8 advantage. Utah State used another three-point run to take its largest lead of the night, 14-10, and force a Boise State timeout.
The Aggies continued to lead through 20-17 and captured the point during one of the longest rallies of the night, ending with a block by DeCoursey and freshman middle Lauren O’Brien. However, Boise State countered with a four-point run to take its first lead of the set, 21-20. A kill by Gale on the following rally tied the score again at 21-21, but the Broncos finished the set on a 4-2 run to capture the match, 25-23.
Gale led Utah State attackers with 12 kills and was followed closely by DeCoursey with a career-high tying 10. Junior setter Erica Moscoso directed the attack, collecting 32 while playing all but a few points during the match. Junior libero Hannah Gleason led the USU defense with 13 digs, marking the 15th time this season that she has tallied double-digit digs.
Nobley finished the night with a double-double, coupling her 19 kills with 11 digs. Three other Broncos joined her with double-digit digs, including sophomore libero Maddi Osburn (16), junior defensive specialist Hannah Hubbard (13) and senior setter Sarah Baugh (11). Baugh also finished the night with a double-double after leading Boise State with 40 assists.
Utah State will now have a three-day break before wrapping up its four-match homestand against San José State on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.
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