Up to Speed: Our weekly recap of Bronco Sports, Oct. 4 – 10

Photo by Claire Keener

Women’s golf sophomores clutch Aggie Invitational for the Broncos (Oct. 4-6)

By Ryan Marshall

The Boise State women’s golf team came to a strong third-place finish at the Aggie Invitational on Oct. 6 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

The team as a whole shot +12 over par to take home third place. The Broncos improved from their season opener at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic, where they finished in fourth and shot +38 over par.  

Two sophomores on the team heavily contributed to this placement with scores that landed them each in the top 25. 

Sophomores Elli Gordon and Franca Polla led the team with their top-25 scores. Gordon shot just over par, carding rounds of 72-73-73 (+2) and tying for 11th while Polla recorded rounds of 72-72-77 (+5), tying for 17th. 

“We continue to put ourselves in a position to compete in the final round,” said head coach Kailin Downs. “Every experience is a learning opportunity and we have to be comfortable in that position because that’s what this group is capable of.”

The team will be in action once again for the Seattle U Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational on Oct. 11 in Tacoma, Washington. 

Women’s volleyball sweeps Air Force in Colorado (Oct. 7)

By Hunter Bos

The Boise State women’s volleyball team swept Air Force 3-0 on Oct. 7 at Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado. This win propelled the Broncos to a 14-3 overall record.

The first set of the match was a hard-fought back-and-forth battle, with Air Force keeping an early lead. It wasn’t until Boise State was trailing 6-8 that the Bronco offense took the lead for the rest of the set.

Although the second set was close, the Broncos maintained their lead. Air Force tied the set three times, but Boise State then held the lead for the rest of the set, finishing 25-21.

The start of the third set was challenging for the Broncos as Air Force established an early six-point lead, but came back to  finish the set with a dominant 10-point lead.

Junior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger finished the match with her sixth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 10 digs. Both of these scores were team highs for the day. 

Sophomore outside hitter Kayly Pau had a hitting percentage of .385 with 10 kills and no errors. Pau also added two block assists and four digs to total 11 points.

Senior Setter Danielle Boss assisted on 38 plays with 4 kills, eight digs, one block assist and 2 service aces.

Women’s soccer falls in overtime to San Jose State (Oct. 8)

[Photo of junior defender Grace Kaufman-Fuller in the Boise State women’s soccer game against San Jose]
Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter

By Desmond Ordonez

In rainy conditions on Friday, Oct. 8, the Boise State women’s soccer team lost a close game to San Jose State 2-1 in overtime.

The Broncos struck first in the 55th minute of the second half when junior defender Payton McBride and senior forward Dorian Goodwin passed to redshirt freshman forward Sophie Drown to score. This goal was the Broncos’ only score of the game.  

Boise State was able to hold this lead until the 87th minute when San Jose State was able to put a point on the board off a corner kick to force the game into overtime. 

In the 95th minute, the Spartans sealed the game with a header.

The Broncos will welcome the Bulldogs from Fresno State on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Women’s volleyball comes up short at New Mexico

By Matthew Valento

The Boise State women’s volleyball team suffered a loss at the hands of the University of New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 9.

With this loss, Boise State ended their two-game winning streak against Nevada and Air Force, falling to 14-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

Senior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger recorded a season high of 22 kills, but it wasn’t enough to push the Broncos past the Lobos. The match was a constant back-and-forth with a combined 41 ties and 24 lead changes throughout four sets, but it came down to the final two. 

In the game-deciding fourth set, the Broncos trailed 2-1 early before rallying to take a 3-2 advantage. Boise State led by three points at 15-12 when New Mexico started to come back. The score tied at 19, then the Lobos closed the match with a 6-1 run to claim the match.  

Ohlinger also added nine digs and a season-high five block assists to finish with a team and personal season best 24.5 points.  

Senior middle blocker Jessica Donahue followed behind Ohlinger, hitting .500 percent and tallying nine kills, one service ace and a season-high seven blocks (one solo) to finish with 14 points.  

Boise State will now shift its focus to San Diego State and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) next week as they return to Boise.  

Women’s soccer downs the Bulldogs 2-1 (Oct. 10)

By Lexi Almeido

The Boise State women’s soccer team beat Fresno State 2-1 in front of Bronco Nation on Sunday, Oct. 10. 

The game started off with both teams scoring in the first four minutes. Fifth-year forward Aubree Chatterton scored the first goal for the Broncos in the third minute, but the Bulldogs responded quickly with a goal a minute later. This was Chatterton’s 15th goal of her career. She is now tied for ninth in all-time program history. 

Both teams were unable to score throughout the rest of the game. It wasn’t until the 73rd minute that Boise State set up for a corner kick. Freshman midfielder Kenzie MacMillan delivered the ball into the box, but was punched out by Fresno State’s goalkeeper. Redshirt freshman defender Alexis Haws collected the ball and scored to give the Broncos the lead. This goal was Haws’ first of her career at Boise State. 

The team is back on the road to compete against Colorado College on Oct. 14 and Air Force on Oct. 17.

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