Riding in on a victory against Air Force, the Boise State women’s volleyball team was looking to get to .500 in conference play on Saturday vs. New Mexico.
Not only did they defeat the Lobos, but they did it in dominating fashion, winning 3 sets to none.
“I feel like the game plan didn’t change a lot, what happened was, our team was remembering what It felt like to lose close at New Mexico and they just came out really strong and ready to go and jumped on them,” said Head Coach Shawn Garus.
The Broncos busted out to an early 8-1 lead and never looked back. Boise State kept the pressure on, leading to a 19-5 lead and then the eventual set-win of 25-11.
In the second period, the Broncos kept the pace high, running to an early 8-3 lead. Alyssa Gammel had the highlight of the game when a player on the opposing team struck down a ball and Gammel went into full splits and completed the dig that lead to the eventual Bronco point. Boise State went on to win the second set, 25-18.
As the third period came around, the Broncos had all the momentum, but that didn’t stop the Lobos from keeping it interesting. For a few minutes, New Mexico looked like they could possibly make the comeback.
But after the Broncos were down 1-4, they stormed back to tie the game 5-5. Boise State didn’t let the Lobos gain the lead for the rest of the day, finishing the third set and winning
“We’re just trying to take one game at a time and finish the season strong,” said junior Leah Stevens.
“The conference is wide-open, everybody has at least three losses in conference and we’re just 2 games behind. If we just focus on what we’ve been doing and keep playing tough down the stretch. I think we are healthy, the energy is really high in our gym and I think we got a chance in every match,” added Garus about the Broncos chances of winning the Mountain West.
The Broncos are now 5-5 in conference and 8-2 at home with seven games left in the season. The home field advantage has been a key to the Broncos success
“I love playing here, it’s a great crowd. It’s a close atmosphere so the crowd gets really into it and it helps us to know that we have to perform for our crowd. We want more people to come out so when we win here, we know we will make more fans keep coming,” said senior