Air Force is blindsighted by Bronco focus

Air Force is blindsighted by Bronco focus

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Zak Porter / The Arbiter

In the third game of the season, Boise State women’s volleyball looked as dominant as they have the whole year, defeating Air Force in three sets at home in the Bronco Gymnasium 25-14, 25-22, 25-21.

The Broncos wrapped up a three match home stand with the win, going 1-2. The win over Air Force gives Boise State their first win of the season in the Mountain West.

The Broncos looked brilliant from the very first hit, scoring six points unanswered to what looked like a shocked Air Force team.

Sophomore Alyssa Gammel looked dominant in the first set hitting the ball with some authority while managing five kills (.167), two digs and scoring a total of six points alone in the
1st set.

Another Bronco who helped set the tone in the 1st set was redshirt freshman  Sarah Webster. Webster played strong guarding the net with five blocks. The Broncos went on to win the 1st set quickly 25-14.

Air Force looked like a  different team on the court in the 2nd set. Throughout the set, the Broncos fought for every point they received, while Air Force would play catch up on the other end.

Senior Liz Harden played a huge role in the deciding factor for this set, scoring five kills (.714), three digs and  five points total

Sophomore Taylor Murphey also played a very strong set with three kills (1.000), one block and 3.5 points. Both teams looked to gain control, but only the Broncos would prevail, winning the 2nd set 25-22.

Air Force came out strong and gave the Broncos a tough challenge for the third set.

Boise State and Air Force fought for each crucial point, going back and fourth. However, it wasn’t until the 3rd set, that Air Force was finally able to take a lead at 11-10.

Gammel showed up once again in dominating fashion, scoring five kills (.500), one block and 5.5 points. Murphey also contributed strongly with three kills (.400), two blocks and four points.

When it was all said and done, the Broncos were too much to handle for Air Force, winning the 3rd match-winning set, 25-21.

Boise State was a team on a mission.

“We knew Air Force was gonna be a tough game, so we stayed on top of it and executed in practice. We came out tonight to focus on our side of the net,” Gammel said. “This week we focused on every play, going for every ball and just keeping our side steady and calm,” Murphey said.

Focus seemed to be the key theme throughout for Gammel, Murphey and the rest of the Boise State team.

“We re-focused on our goals from earlier on the season, just getting back to believing in what we do, and just try to do it better,” said Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Shawn Garus.

The Bronco’s next game is on the road against New Mexico on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.