Up to Speed: Our weekly recap of Bronco Sports, Oct. 11-17

Senior setter Danielle Boss, Boise State women's volleyball
Photo by Claire Keener

Men’s golf places second in Pac 12 territory at Oregon State Invitational (Oct. 11-12)

By Ryan Marshall

The Boise State men’s golf team placed second at the Oregon State Invitational on Oct. 11 and 12. 

The Broncos finished with a combined final score of 3 under in. They fell to the University of Washington who finished 14 under. 

Senior Hugo Townsend came in second place at the invitational, scoring a par or better in each round for a final score of 5-under. The senior had his best outing of the season so far in this past tournament.

Four Broncos finished in the top 25 at the invitational. Joining Townsend were fifth-year Skyler Eubank, senior Max Charles and redshirt junior Nick Hedman.

“Today was not our best, but we hung in there,” said head coach Dan Potter. “We didn’t get off to a great start and it’s a very difficult course to play from behind. The hole locations were difficult all three rounds and birdies were hard to come by. We would’ve liked to make it more interesting down the stretch, but the guys did well to finish under par for the tournament and earn a nice result. All in all, it was a positive week for us.”

The Broncos will be competing next in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Little Rock Invitational, which will take place from Oct. 18-19.

Women’s golf finishes seventh at the Pat Lesser-Harbottle Seattle U Invitational (Oct. 11-12)

By Ceirra Williams

The Boise State women’s golf team finished seventh overall in a field of 20 teams on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Pat Lesser-Harbottle Seattle U Invitational. 

Senior Elena Castanon tied for eighth, carding rounds of 75-73-74 (+6). Castanon led the team, recording her first top-10 finish as a Bronco.

Fifth-year senior Lexi Perry tied for 21st, shooting 79-71-76 (+10). Alongside her was fellow fifth-year senior Nicole Suppelsa, who competed as an individual. Suppelsa tied for fifth (76-74-70, +4). This is Suppelsas’ third career top-10 finish and seventh career top-25 finish.

Other top scores came from sophomores Franca Polla (76-79-76, +15), Hyeji (Emma) Yang (78-75-78, +15) and Elli Gordon (80, 77, 80, +21). 

The Broncos will head to their final tournament for the fall season in Fort Collins, Colorado, for the Ptarmigan Ram Classic Oct. 18-19. 

Women’s soccer comes back twice to draw with Colorado College (Oct. 14)

By Matthew Valento

The Boise State women’s soccer team managed to come back twice against Colorado College to tie 2-2 on Thursday, Oct. 14. These two teams entered the match tied for the eighth spot in the Mountain West (MW) Conference and only two points out of qualifying for an MW championship spot.

The Tigers started the match by scoring early in the first minute. However, junior defender Grace Kaufman-Fuller answered for the Broncos right before halftime, lofting the ball right over the keeper from well outside the penalty box and scoring her first career goal.

In the 70th minute, Colorado College scored again, putting away a ball that bounced off of several players in the penalty box.

Boise State responded again, as fifth-year forward Aubree Chatterton showcased her clever dribbling to get past the defender to set up freshman midfielder Kenzie MacMillan, who scored in the 71st minute. This goal was MacMillan’s third goal of the year, tying for team-lead this season.

The match extended into double overtime. Boise State came inches away from winning the match as a header from freshman midfielder Reese Bodas bounced off the outside post,  resulting in a draw.

Women’s volleyball swept at home by the San Diego State Aztecs (Oct. 14)

By Nathaniel Wilder

Boise State women’s volleyball fell to the San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztecs 25-18 in a sweeping fashion on Oct. 14. 

In the first set, the Broncos jumped to a 13-8 lead over the Aztecs, but SDSU came to win 25-23. The Aztecs had a solid hitting performance at .400 percent while the Broncos hit at .337 percent.

Leading the Broncos was junior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger, who contributed eight kills, three service aces and four defensive digs. Following Ohlinger was senior middle blocker Jessica Donahue, who pitched in six kills, four block assists and led the team in hitting at .455 percent. 

This loss at home moves the Broncos to 14-5 overall and 3-4 in Mountain West Conference play, putting the Broncos in sixth place. 

Cross-country beats top ranked teams at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational (Oct. 15)

By Ryan Marshall

Boise State’s men and women cross-country both beat top-ranked teams in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 15. 

The men’s team placed 12th in front of six ranked teams. Senior Dario De Caro led the men’s team in the 8,000 meter race with an overall finish of 22nd with a time of 23:48.4. Senior Logan Rees placed 38th with a time of 23:55.4. 

The women’s team competed in the 6,000 meter race, where they placed 24th. They defeated Oregon State, who is ranked 30th in the country. 

Juniors Olivia Johnson and Tyler Beling set the pace for the team for the third invitational in a row. Johnson got 69th place, and Beling got 101st place. 

The team will be in action next on Oct. 29 for the Mountain West Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The men’s team is trying to win for the first time since 2018, and the women’s team is trying to end a decade of Mountain West titles for New Mexico. 

Women’s volleyball downs UNLV in five sets (Oct. 16)

By Lexi Almeido

Junior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger and senior middle blocker Jessica Donahue combined for 26 out of Boise State’s 54 kills to lead the Broncos in a five-set victory over the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels on Oct. 16.  

Senior setter Danielle Boss, Boise State women's volleyball
[Photo of Senior setter Danielle Boss, Boise State women’s volleyball]
Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter

Heading into the match, UNLV was the defending Mountain West Conference champion. While the Broncos came in second behind UNLV last year, this weekend they handed the Rebels their third loss of the season. 

The match was close as Boise State won the first (25-17), third (25-18) and fifth (15-10) sets. 

“It was a good win for us against a solid team,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “I think we’ve had a tough week. We’ve been dealing with a lot of distractions and the loss Thursday. We had a talk with the group at practice Friday about everything and they completely agreed, it doesn’t matter what else is going on, we just need to find a way to compete.”

Ohlinger finished the match with her seventh double-double of the season along with a team high of 14 kills and 14 digs. She also had two assists, one service ace, one solo block and one assist.

Trailing behind her was Donahue, who hit a team-high of .600 percent. The senior also had 12 kills, two assists, three digs and three block assists. 

The Broncos now advance 15-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play. They will take on the Utah State Aggies on Oct. 19 in Bronco Gym. 

Air Force defeats women’s soccer team in overtime (Oct. 17)

By Adam Bridges

In a highly competitive matchup, the Air Force Falcons defeated the Boise State Broncos 2-1 in overtime on Sunday, Oct. 17.

The first half of play was a defensive showing as both teams remained scoreless. Sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Crenshaw made four saves, stopping the Falcons from scoring in the first half.

The first goal came at the 62nd minute when Air Force scored off a ball that went over the head of the keeper. Boise State tied the game up in the 70th minute with a strike by junior forward Keile Hansen. Hansen now leads the team with four goals this season.

Boise State had attacked the goal multiple times by the end of the second half of play but were all rejected by Air Force.

Air Force’s Faith Lee scored the game-sealing score in the 97th minute, giving her team the win.

The Broncos are now 2-4-2 in their conference and 8-6-2 on the season. The team only has three more games left, with their next game being at home against Wyoming on Thursday, Oct. 21.

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