Big Block Moves #13 BYU to 4-0 with Win Over Boise State

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 31st, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, WCC


  • BYU def. Boise State 3-0  (25-19, 26-24, 26-24)
  • BYU moves to 4-0; Boise State drops to 2-2
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Box Score

No. 13 BYU won the block 13.5 to 5 and took advantage to 16 extra points off errors (27-11) to lift the Cougars to 4-0 on the season with a close three-set win over Boise State.

BSU did manage 10 more kills (50-40) in the loss.

Junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry paced the Cougars with 15 kills and two blocks. Freshman middle blocker Kennedy Redding and sophomore outside McKenna Miller added eight kills apiece, each hitting over .300 in the win. Senior middle Cosy Burnett led the BYU block with eight stuffs, while sophomore libero Mary Lake provided the backcourt defense with 13 digs.

Senior outside Sierra Nobley put down a match-high 23 kills and hit nearly .300 in the match, while freshman outside Kiley Lewis added 12 kills, but it was not enough. Senior libero Maddi Osburn pulled up a match-high 23 digs.

The Cougars hit at a .316 clip in Set 1, cruising to a 25-19 win. BYU boasted a nine-point lead at 19-10 after breaking away with a 12-2 run. Four Jones Perry kills and three BSU errors aided the rally. Boise State rallied to within five at 23-18 on a Laney Hayes ace, forcing a Cougar timeout, but could not complete the comeback. Jones-Perry added two more kills to cap the stanza.

After a 9-all tie in Set 2, Boise State gained some separation at 17-11 with help from three Nobley kills and two by junior outside Sabryn Roberts. Leading by seven at 19-12, the Broncos fell apart with a trio of errors, kicking off a 5-0 BYU run. BSU maintained the edge, however, earning its first set point chance at 24-22 on a Nobley kill. The Cougars kept the set going with a Redding putaway, then capitalized on three straight Boise State errors, including a block, to steal away the 26-24 win.

The teams split the first 16 points of Set 3, before kills by Hayes and Lewis put Boise State on top by two at 12-10. A Danelle Stetler putaway and two BSU hitting miscues gave BYU the lead at 13-12. The Broncos led 15-14 at the media timeout, but the Cougars soon led 18-15, scoring four straight out of the break, three on Boise State errors. BSU eventually caught up at 21-all on a Roberts kill, but BYU again had an answer. Kills by Redding and Jones-Perry coupled with another error gave BYU its first match-point try at 24-21. A 3-0 run, including two kills and a Cougar service error, knotted the score at 24. A hitting error and a block by Stetler and Burnett wrapped up the sweep.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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