Coming into Thursday night’s first Mountain West Conference game vs. Fresno State, the Broncos were looking to build a winning-streak after their impressive 3-0 victory over UC Irvine earlier on in the week.
Unfortunately, the Broncos fell a hair short in both of their first two conference games vs. Fresno State and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
In the game against Fresno State, the Broncos came in strong and confident, winning the first two sets 25-21 and 25-22. Throughout the sets, the Boise State and Fresno State were rarely two or three points away from each other.
Fresno State came out of the 10-minute break ready to make the Broncos second-guess their confidence. It was a gut-wrenching loss when Fresno State won the next three sets 25-19, 25-22, and 15-12.
Senior Liz Harden led Boise State through all five sets with 21 kills; 10 in only the first two sets.
“I have a personal goal to play my best every game and set my kill record,” Harden said. She’s clearly on the right path to achieving
But it wasn’t just Harden alone. Alyssa Gammel and Brittany Reardon were spot on as well, combining with Harden to reach an astonishing 49 kills.
There seems to be a theme that carried over from the first conference game vs. Fresno State to the second home game of the week vs. UNLV: a Boise State loss is a nail biter despite Harden domination.
After losing the first two sets to UNLV; 25-23 and 25-19, the Broncos went on to win set three and four, 25-21 and 25-19.
Heading into the fifth set with all of the moment swinging towards Boise State, both teams were battling to hold the lead, going point for point tying
Unfortunately, the Broncos were unable to prevail, losing in the fifth set, 16-14. This is the second straight game the Broncos lost in a heart-breaking fashion.
Even though the Broncos lost, a few of the individual performances really stood out. One in particular, Liz Harden. Harden finished the night with 32 kills (.243 percentage), 10 digs and 35.5 points. Harden dominated the field in kills and it wasn’t even close. The next closest player to Harden on UNLV, with a total of 20. This is Harden’s second game in which she dominated; in her previous she had 21 kills.
Boise State’s next game is on Friday, Sept. 28th vs. Air Force at the Bronco Gymnasium in Boise, and will hopefully have a better performance at home.
Lauren Urness also contributed to the piece