Up to Speed: Our weekly update of Bronco Sports, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

Ana Conde Vendrell, Boise State tennis, Barb Chandler Classic
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Men’s golf breaks record and secures title at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational (Sept. 27-28)

By Adam Bridges

The Boise State men’s golf team won the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational at the Colorado National Golf Club on Sept. 28.

The Broncos had a lead of 11 strokes at one point in the tournament but ultimately ended up with 269 strokes in the first round, 262 in the second and 287 in the third to secure a total of 818 strokes overall. This score was 46 strokes under par and gave the team a 10-stroke win.

“Other teams played really well,” said head coach Dan Potter in a press release. “An 11-shot lead is not a huge margin in team golf and we knew that we were going to have to come out in the final round and have a good day. We got tested today, we knew we would. Our guys responded with some good shots when they needed to and delivered an awesome team win.”

The Boise State men’s golf team broke the program record for the lowest team round by recording a score of 26-under 262 in the second round of the tournament. According to the NCAA men’s golf record book, this score also ties for the third lowest in the history of collegiate men’s golf.

The team also broke the Mark Simpson Invitational score records for the 18-hole, 36-hole and the 54-hole.

The top performer for Boise State was senior Max Charles who finished second with a score of 67-67-71 and a total of 202. This score was 14-under-par and was good enough to award him second place in the individual scoring of the invitational. His score also tied for sixth lowest in program history.

Behind Charles, fifth-year Skyler Eubank tied for seventh after scoring 66-68-72 with a total of 206. Sixth-year Joe Neuheisel tied for 12th with a score of 73-64-70 and a total of 207. Hugo Townsend tied for 12th with a score of 66-66-75 and a total of 207 and redshirt junior Nick Hedman tied for 33rd with a score of 70-68-74 and a total of 212.

Both Charles’ and Neuheisel’s 64-stroke rounds tied for fifth lowest in a single round in program history.

The Boise State men’s golf team will be playing in Corvallis, Oregon, at the Oregon State Invitational at Trysting Tree on Oct. 11-12.

Women’s volleyball falls to SJSU in five sets (Sept. 30)

By Lexi Almeido

Boise State women’s volleyball lost 3-2 against San Jose State University (SJSU). 

The Broncos took the lead 2-1 after the second and third sets, but the Spartans came back to win it all in the fourth and fifth sets 28-26, 15-25, 7-25, 25-21 and 15-13. 

Junior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger led the Broncos hitting at .225 percent and a team high of 15 kills, two service aces, six digs and two block assists. Overall, Ohlinger contributed 18.0 points for the Broncos. 

Following behind her, sophomore outside hitter Kayly Pau had seven kills and two block assists. Senior middle blocker Jessica Donahue received her first start of the season with six kills and seven blocks assists. 

This match was the Broncos’ third loss of the season, moving them to 1-2 on conference play, 12-3 overall. 

Boise State women’s soccer falls to San Diego State 2-0 (Oct. 1)

By Lexi Almeido

Boise State women’s soccer lost to the San Diego State University Aztecs on Oct. 1 in San Diego, California. 

In the 19th minute of the match, the Aztec offense flooded the box to score and take the lead 1-0. In the 30th minute, SDSU scored another goal to take the final lead of the game 2-0. 

Senior defender Abby Bivens attempted to score off a header but was saved by SDSU’s goalkeeper. 

The Aztecs generated 14 shots on goal throughout the match compared to the Broncos’ 11. 

Boise State women’s tennis takes home third place victory at the Barb Chandler Classic (Oct. 1-3)

By Lexi Almeido

Over the weekend, the Broncos went 12-7 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles matches at the Barb Chandler Classic on Oct. 1-3

Ana Conde Vendrell, Boise State tennis, Barb Chandler Classic
[Boise State tennis player Ana Conde Vendrell at the Barb Chandler Classic]
Photo courtesy Boise State Athletics

Three out of four Boise State doubles teams competed on Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. 

On Saturday, junior Joana Baptista and sophomore Pauline Ersntberger beat the University of Idaho 2-1 to advance to the Blue Flight’s championship on Sunday.

Finishing out the classic on Sunday, juniors Holly Stewart and Ana Conde Vendrell took home third place for the Broncos with a 3-0 victory against the University of Idaho. 

“Overall this weekend was another solid performance for us,” said head coach Beck Roghaar. “I feel we are seeing improvement in the areas that we’ve been focused on and that’s really the goal right now. At this point in the season, we are looking to identify the things where we want to get stronger and then to go out and put that into action.”

Women’s volleyball beats the Nevada Wolf Pack 3-1 (Oct. 2)

By Lexi Almeido

Boise State women’s volleyball held Nevada to a .178 hitting percentage to win the match 3-1 and move to 13-3 overall.

The Broncos opened the match hitting at .429 percent with 14 kills. Boise State rolled to a 25-12 victory in the first set to hit a match high. 

Boise State trailed in the fourth set 13-11, but rallied to take the lead and win the match.

Junior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger had one service ace, six digs, two block assists and 14 kills while freshman middle blocker Paige Bartsch followed with 12 kills and hit a team and career best of .647 percent. Bartsch also recorded two solo blocks and four block assists.  

The Broncos will take on Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Oct. 7. 

New Mexico defeats women’s soccer 1-0 (Oct. 3)

By Adam Bridges

New Mexico defeats the Boise State women’s soccer team 1-0 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Both defenses held the other team scoreless for the first half of play. Boise State sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Crenshaw had been awarded six saves on 10 shots from New Mexico.

Freshman midfielder Kenzie MacMillan came close to scoring for Boise State in the 32nd minute, but a great save from goalkeeper Emily Johnson prevented the goal.

The only goal of the game came at the 63rd minute when New Mexico’s senior forward Jadyn Edwards shot the ball past Crenshaw. 

The Broncos had made 10 shots in the second half, including a shot from fifth-year forward Aubree Chatterton which made it into the goal but was not counted due to a foul.

The Broncos are now 7-4-1 on the season after this loss. Their next game will be at the Boas Soccer Complex against the San Jose State Spartans on Friday, Oct. 8.

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