Up to Speed: A weekly recap of Bronco sports, Oct. 25-31

Photo by Claire Keener

Women’s soccer beats Utah State on senior night (Oct. 28)

By Nathaniel Wilder

The Boise State women’s soccer team got a 2-1 victory over the Utah State University (USU) Aggies on Oct. 28. This match was Boise State’s final conference game of the season as well as senior day for six graduating Broncos who were honored before the match.

Senior defender Abby Bivens got the first score of the game with her first career goal in the 17th minute of the match to put the Broncos ahead. The Aggies responded with a goal of their own in the 31st minute. 

Just before halftime, freshman forward Carly Cross scored her first career goal and the game-winning point to put the Broncos ahead 2-1.

This win put the Broncos in the Mountain West Conference tournament for the fourth season in a row. Boise State will take on third-seeded San Diego State University on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.

Women’s volleyball rallies from two sets down to defeat UNLV (Oct. 28)

By Matthew Valento

Boise State women’s volleyball mounted a huge comeback from being down two sets against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and went on to win in five sets on Thursday, Oct. 28. 

Junior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger, freshman outside hitter Jordan Miller and freshman middle blocker Paige Bartsch all recorded double-digit kills in the victory.

Miller had an outstanding night in Las Vegas, hitting .371 for a team-high of 13 kills, one solo block and two block assists for 15 points. Redshirt junior middle blocker Alyssa Wissinger complimented Miller for team honors with 15 points, nine kills, three solo blocks and six block assists. Wissinger also hit a team-best at .533 percent.

Ohlinger recorded a double-double of 11 kills, 10 digs, one block and finished with 11.5 points. Bartsch was the third Bronco to reach double-figure kills, finishing with 10 while hitting .280 percent.

Senior setter Danielle Boss also tallied a double-double of 42 assists and 10 digs to go with six kills, one service ace and five block assists.

On the defensive side, sophomore outside hitter Chey Jones led the team in digs with 15, and junior libero Allison Casillas followed with 13.

Boise State outscored UNLV 65-38 in the final three sets, which resulted in a Bronco victory.  

As a whole, the Broncos narrowly edged the Rebels in team kills 58-57, five to two in service aces and 13 to nine in blocks. UNLV also had 13 service errors, which factored in Boise State’s comeback victory.

Women’s volleyball beats the San Diego State Aztecs in four sets (Oct. 30)

By Ceirra Williams

Boise State women’s volleyball beat San Diego State University (SDSU) on Oct. 30 in four sets: 25-21, 16-25, 25-20 and 26-24.

The Aztecs hit .255 percent for 63 kills compared to the Broncos’ .214 percent for 45 kills. 

The Broncos were able to pull through and prove their serving and blocking skills, having seven service aces compared to the Aztecs’ two, and 17 blocks compared to the Aztecs’ nine.

Junior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger led the Broncos with a team-high of 19 kills. 

Other notable mentions came from junior middle blocker Alyssa Wissinger who had a career-high and team-best of 11 blocks. Freshman middle blocker Paige Bartsch and outside hitter Jordan Miller each added six kills. 

This was the Broncos’ second straight win, advancing them to 17-8 overall and 6-6 in the Mountain West. 

Boise State’s next match is a two-match homestand against New Mexico and Air Force on Nov. 4 and 6. 

Men’s golf places third in the Ka’anapali Classic (Oct. 29 – 31)

By Ryan Marshall

The Boise State men’s golf team traveled to Maui, Hawaii, to compete in the Ka’anapali Classic for the last meet of their fall season. 

Senior Hugo Townsend had a pair of rounds in the 60s. Townsend finished 10th with a final score of 10 under. Fifth year Skyler Eubank got 7 under, which gave him a 16th place finish.

Townsend and Eubank have both finished in the top-25 at each of Boise State’s first five tournaments. They are the first dynamic duo to accomplish this since the 1993-1994 golf season. 

“It was a nice finish by the team today to salvage a decent result and end the fall season on a positive note,” said head coach Dan Potter. “This venue suits our players and it was disappointing to not have a chance to win after a bad day yesterday. The guys showed some maturity by coming back and finishing well.”
The Broncos will be back in action in the spring on February 11th for the Wyoming World Match Play at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, California.

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