The Boise State women’s volleyball team went 2-1 this past weekend in Evanston, Ill. at the Wildcat Challenge to pull themselves to an even overall record of 3-3 for the 2013 season.
“I think we are off to a good start, what is encouraging to me is that we continue to improve,” Boise State head volleyball coach Shawn Garus said. “From week one to week two was a completely different team. We were so much more confident and our energy level was better start to finish.”
The Broncos started the tournament against Belmont University, and the ladies easily cruised through the first two sets 25-14 and 25-16. Belmont however, would not go down without a fight and this made for a very competitive third set.
The Broncos were led by juniors Brittany Reardon and Taylor Murphy. Reardon had seven kills while hitting 38.5% and Murphy had a career 62.5% while adding six kills.
“I definitely think I have a leadership role of some kind, a lot of times I get looked too as a person to keep the ball in play or put the ball away.” Murphy said.
The Broncos had little time to rest after their opening victory as they had their second match in the same day against the Columbia Lions.
Boise State once again got off to a great start by taking the opening two sets 25-16 and 25-21 to put themselves in command of the match.
The Lions however would rebound in the third set and go on to win a hard fought third set to bring the contest to 2-1. The ladies though would regroup in the fourth set and ultimately took the set 25-22 to win the match 3-1.
Junior Alyssa Gammel had a great game for the Broncos with 11 kills. Boise State lost their third game of the tournament to the host team Northwestern, 3-0.
“We need to continue to improve at stressing the other side and that starts with our serve, try to serve a little bit tougher and set up our blocking matches a little bit better and those are what we are going to work on in practice as we prepare for our home games,” Garus said.
Boise State will go home for the first time this season as they host their home tournament, the Bronco Classic, from Sept. 12 through the 14th at Bronco Gymnasium