LOGAN, Utah – Utah State women’s volleyball lost 3-0 to Boise State on Thursday night, as the Broncos hit .344 (45-12-96) to the Aggies’ .091 (30-20-110). The loss puts USU at 10-14 on the year and 5-8 in the Mountain West, while BSU moved to 20-6 and 11-2 with the victory.
Utah State opened the match well, taking a 16-11 lead after using a 7-2 run to break a 9-9 tie. Junior middle Carly Lenzen put the finishing touches on the run with a kill, but Boise State came back and tied the match at 18-18. The teams then went back-and-forth through ties at 19-19, 20-20 and 21-21, but the Broncos finished the game with four unanswered points to take it, 25-21.
BSU carried the momentum into the second set and broke a 3-3 tie with an 11-1 run to take a 14-4 lead. The Broncos ultimately hit .560 during the set with 14 kills on 25 attempts without an error and ended up taking the frame, 25-10.
Utah State had a 6-5 lead in the third, punctuated by a kill by senior outside Kaylie Kamalu-Smith, but Boise State countered with a 12-3 run and took a 17-9 lead of its own. A block by senior setter Erica Moscoso and sophomore middle Lauren O’Brien ended the run and another block by Moscoso and Lenzen pulled the Aggies to within five, 23-18, late in the set. However, Boise State finished off the frame with back-to-back points to take the match, 25-18.
Kamalu-Smith led Utah State with 12 kills and added a season-high two aces and tied a career high with one solo block. Senior libero Hannah Gleason extended her double-digit digging streak to eight-straight matches, leading the Aggies with 10.
Boise State was led offensively by Sierra Nobley with a double-double performance of 14 kills and 10 digs, followed closely by Sabryn Roberts with 13 kills. BSU libero Maddi Osburn led all back row players with a match-high 16 digs.
Utah State will return to the court on Saturday night, hosting Air Force at 7 o’clock on Kirby Court at the Wayne Estes Center.
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