- Colorado State def. Boise State, 3-0 (27-25, 25-13, 25-22)
- Colorado State moves to 24-2, Boise State drops to 13-13
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Attendance: 3108
- Box Score
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – In a three set sweep on Saturday afternoon, the Colorado State Rams defeated the Boise State Broncos (27-25, 25-13, 25-22) in Moby Arena. The Rams are now 14-0 in Mountain West play after winning their 14th straight.
Jasmine Hanna put away 13 kills, hitting .478, to go along with 2 blocks on the match. Kirstie Hillyer and Paulina Hougaard-Jensen had 9 kills on a .368 and .727 clip, respectively, for Colorado State. Sierra Nobley put away 14 kills and added 8 digs for the Broncos.
Defensively, Sanja Cizmic led the Rams with 13 digs, while Maddi Osburn added 11 for Boise State. Colorado State recorded ten blocks while the Broncos recorded just five.
Both teams will continue with Mountain West play as Colorado State heads to Nevada and Boise State faces Utah State.
Courtesy of Colorado State Athletics
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The No. 20 Colorado State volleyball team handled Boise State on Saturday afternoon, recording its 11th conference sweep and in the process secured its 14th Mountain West Conference Championship. The Rams picked up its 14th consecutive win and remain perfect in Mountain West Conference play with a 14-0 record.
Jasmine Hanna led CSU with 13 kills, while hitting at a .478 clip. It also marked the 19th time Hanna has recorded double-digit kills this season. Paulina Hougaard-Jensen and Kirstie Hillyer also added nine kills respectfully. Katie Oleksak paced the offence with 38 assists in the sweep. Hillyer and Sanja Cizmic controlled the net recording five stuffs apiece, while Cizmic also led the Rams in digs picking up 13.
Colorado State found themselves with an early lead in set one, stringing together multiple scoring runs to build a 20-9 lead. But the Broncos went on a 10-2 run to come within three points at 22-19. Boise State scored four more to tie the set at 24-24 before the Rams fought back to close the set 27-25. CSU worked their way to another large lead in the second set – jumping out to a 21-8 score. The Broncos looked to rally, but the Rams finished the set, 25-13. The third set was a battle, with 12 tie scores and seven lead changes. The Broncos held a 13-10 advantage in the middle of the set, but an 8-2 run gave the Rams an 18-15 lead. Boise State tied the set at 20-20 before CSU slammed the door with a 6-1 run to win the match, 25-22.
The Rams will head on to the road for a pair of matches, starting with Nevada on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
IN THEIR WORDS
Tom Hilbert‘s opening statement…
“That was a really good match. I think, even in the first set, we lost a big lead, which I wasn’t happy about, but it put us in an end-game pressure situation that required us to have to do some pressure plays and we really needed that. I was very happy and I knew that Boise State is not a team we should be getting 10-point cushions on. I think they were a little out of sync for a while but they’re talented and when they’re playing at their best, it’s more like set three. We need to play more like we did in set three. We need to face difficult servers. We have to pass and we have to side out in certain situations. We had some really nice, mature performances from the team. I was really pleased.”
Hilbert on if there a certain benefit to clenching the Mountain West this early…
Probably not, but what we have to do is look beyond that. Every match that we play from this point on and every practice we have is preparing us for the postseason. We are still going to prepare for the Mountain West opponents and we aren’t going to overlook anybody. We are going to bring the intensity and competitiveness up in practice.
Jasmine Hanna on if there any added pressure in the match after the result from last season with Boise State…
I think for sure. We know they’re a good competitor and they won last year. I think to everyone it added a little bit of fire, but for the most part, I think we came into conference and treated everybody the same – like we were playing somebody big every night. We’re not overlooking anybody.
Paulina Hougaard-Jensen on what the key was to successfully hitting and blocking…
I think we prepared really well. Our scout team did really good job in practice this week and during the match we were vocal on who is serving and where we are going to block.
Courtesy of Boise State Athletics
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Boise State volleyball fell at No. 20 Colorado State in three sets 27-25, 25-13, 25-22 Saturday afternoon at Fort Collins. It was a match of ups and downs for the Broncos as they struggled to find consistency against the Rams. Boise State was held to 13.3 percent hitting, while CSU countered at 37.6 percent. The loss dropped the Broncos to 13-13 overall and 6-8 in MW play, Colorado State clinched the conference championship with the win as the Rams improved to 24-2 and 14-0 in league.
Sierra Nobley led Boise State with 14 kills, one service ace, eight digs and one block. Sabryn Roberts followed with seven kills, while Kiley Lewis had six.
Down 11 at 20-9 in the first set, Boise State stormed back with a 15-4 run to tie it up at 24 all. Roberts recorded three kills and two service aces during the run, Nobley added three kills and a block. Boise State would fight off six Ram set points and tied it up twice, the first when Laney Hayes slammed it down the middle to tie it up at 24, the second time was on a Janell Walley kill to make it 25 all. Unfortunately, CSU rolled off two straight to claim the victory 27-25.
After Colorado State dominated the second period winning 25-13, the Broncos regrouped and challenged in the third. The final set was tight throughout with 11 ties and five lead changes as Boise State led most of the way. Up 22-21 the Broncos could not hold on as CSU rallied with four straight points to clinch the match.
Boise State returns home for a three-match homestand to close the home schedule starting with Utah State at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night in Bronco Gym.
Sierra Nobley: The senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., extend her school and conference records for career kills to 1,858 and career points to 2,082.5.
Maddi Osburn: The senior from Nampa, Idaho, stretched her school record for career digs to 1,692.
Boise State at #20 Colorado State (Nov 04, 2017 at Fort Collins, CO)
Colorado State def. Boise State 27-25,25-13,25-22
Boise State (13-13, 6-8 MW)
(Kills-aces-blocks) – Nobley, Sierra 14-1-1; Roberts, Sabryn 7-2-0; Lewis, Kiley 6-0-1; Walley, Janell 5-1-2; Hayes, Laney 5-0-3; Simon, Cassedi 1-0-2; Totals 38-4-5.0. (Assists) – Simon, Cassedi 34. (Dig leaders) – Osburn, Maddi 11; Walley, Janell 8; Nobley, Sierra 8
Colorado State (24-2, 14-0 MW)
(Kills-aces-blocks) – Hanna, Jasmine 13-0-2; Hougaard-Jensen, P. 9-0-3; Hillyer, Kirstie 9-0-5; Runnels, Breana 6-0-1; Cizmic, Sanja 5-1-5; Olesak, Katie 4-0-2; Foutz, Maddi 0-1-0; Young, Amanda 0-1-0; Totals 46-3-10.0. (Assists) – Oleksak, Katie 38. (Dig leaders) – Cizmic, Sanja 13; Young, Amanda 12