BUSTER’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP: What’s happening in Boise State Athletics (Sept. 25 – Oct. 1)

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Here is what’s happening in Boise State Athletics…


Boise State soccer went undefeated for the week beating both the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University.

The Broncos won 3-1 against the Wyoming Cowgirls to continue their three-match winning streak.

Kenzie MacMillan started it off with a goal in the 13th minute to retain a 1-0 lead.

MacMillan didn’t stop there, she knocked in her fifth goal of the season in the 62nd minute, and Carly Cross took the liberty in the 82nd minute.

Goalkeeper Genevieve Crenshaw had an incredible game of her own notching five saves on the night.

Despite a penalty goal by the Wyoming Cowgirls in the 89th minute of the match, the Broncos came up with another win.

“I’m super proud of the girls,” head coach Jim Thomas said. “It takes a lot of resiliency to win in the Mountain West and we were flooded with it today. I’m happy to see Kenzie (MacMIillan) get back on the score sheet and it was a massive win for us.”

The Broncos wrapped up their two game homestand with a 4-1 win against Colorado State University. 

The Rams were the first to get on the scoreboard in the 13th minute of the match, however it wasn’t long until the Broncos evened up the score to 1-1 when Sophie Drown knocked in a header with an assist from MacMillan in the 24th minute.

After that the Broncos didn’t look back. 

Cindy Conner put the Broncos in the lead with a goal from distance in the 29th minute.

The final goal came when Olivia Collins ripped a shot in the 67th minute to solidify the Broncos’ 4-1 victory.

 “What a tremendous team performance,” Thomas said. “So much grit and togetherness. The girls are laser-focused, already moving on to the challenge of San Diego State! I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The Broncos now sit with a 5-1-6 record overall and a 3-0-1 record in Mountain West Conference play. 

The team will travel to San Diego, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to face San Diego State on Oct. 5 and New Mexico State on Oct. 8.


The Broncos volleyball team traveled to both Colorado and New Mexico to face Air Force and New Mexico State. 

The Broncos broke even on the week with a win at Air Force and a loss suffered at the hands of New Mexico State.

After rallying back to win despite a 2-1 deficit against Air Force, the Broncos were able to comeback in tremendous fashion to defeat the Falcons in a five set match.

This win made it the fifth straight win for the Boise State ladies volleyball team. 

Right side hitter Paige Bartsch led the Broncos to their fifth straight win, scoring four of the final six points and finishing with team highs for kills (23), digs (16) and points (28.5). She also added four service aces and three blocks.

“I am really happy with this win; road wins are tough to get in this conference,” head coach Shawn Garus said. “The team showed some toughness during big points late in set four that were huge. Overall, I am really proud of how this group continues to grow.”

Though the Broncos won against the Falcons, the team came up short in Albuquerque, falling 3-1 to the New Mexico Lobos in an incredibly matched game.

The loss was the first for the Broncos in Mountain West play and snapped the five-match win streak.

“It was a tough loss today,” Garus said. “UNM played well down the stretch to close us out. I thought our players had good energy but didn’t play smart. We will watch the video, learn from it, and be ready to go next week at home.”

Bartsch has been on an incredible run this season as she finished the match with a team-high 22 kills to go with seven digs and two block solos for a team-best 24 points. This 22 kill game marks her sixth straight game with 20-plus kills.

Libero Breanna Mitchell tallied a team-high 24 digs from the libero position during the match.

The Broncos move to 7-7 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West. The Broncos will return home for a three-match homestand starting with Fresno State on Oct. 5.


Boise State men’s tennis concluded the ITA Mountain Regional, which consisted of four packed days of play.

Four Broncos participated in the meet. Jip van Assendelft reached the singles quarterfinals, James Van Herzeele qualified for the singles round of 16 with wins in his first two matches, while Caden Moortgat and Jett Middleton reached the consolation finals in singles play. 

Sam Sippel will represent the Broncos at the ITA All-American Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His first singles match on Oct. 2.


The Broncos were handed their third loss of the season at the hands of University of Memphis on Sept. 30. 

The Broncos held an early lead, but the Memphis Tigers overtook Boise State in a 35-32 victory.

Ashton Jeanty was the main character in the game, the star sophomore running back amassed  four touchdowns and 135 yards to carry the offense on his back.
You can read more about the game here.

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