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POCATELLO, Idaho – Freshman McKenna Miller helped No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball to a three-set (25-11, 25-23, 25-18) victory against Boise State Friday night at Reed Gym.
“I think we did a good job offensively today,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “Our block got some great touches and slowed down a good Boise State offense.”
Miller led the Cougars with 17 kills while hitting a .324 clip. Lyndie Haddock contributed 31 assists while Mary Lake added a match-high 11 digs. Whitney Young Howard chipped in five blocks in the win.
BYU (7-0) got its first points of the first set against Boise State (5-3) from a pair of Amy Boswell kills. A trio of Miller kills then extended the Cougars’ advantage to three at 6-3. The teams traded points from there as the Broncos stayed within three, trailing 11-8. With Veronica Jones-Perry at the service line, BYU went on a 6-0 run to inch ahead 18-10. The Cougars finished on a 6-1 run, capped off by a Haddock ace, to take the set 25-11.
Boise State jumped out to a 4-2 lead to start the second set after multiple kills. BYU soon after used a 5-0 run to take a 9-6 advantage, forcing a Bronco timeout. The two sides battled back-and-forth from there until Boise State tied the set at 12-all following a kill. The Cougars slowly worked back a three-point lead at 19-16 following a Lacy Haddock kill. A kill from Miller gave BYU set point and a block from Howard and Jones-Perry ended the close set 25-23 in the Cougars’ favor.
The Broncos once again got off to a hot start in the third set, taking a 3-0 lead after a trio of kills. BYU worked to tie the set at 6-6 following a Lacy Haddock kill, but Boise State took the next three points to gain a 9-6 edge. The Cougars countered with a 5-1 run to take their first lead of the set at 11-10. The set stayed close from there as a Bronco kill kept them within two, down 16-14. After a Boise State timeout, BYU was able to cruise to a 25-18 set three win after multiple Bronco attack errors.
The Cougars return to action at Reed Gym Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at noon MDT against Missouri. They will finish out the Idaho State Invitational against the host team later that night at 7 p.m. MDT. Links to live stats and a video feed for the Idaho State match can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball hits the road again this week for the Idaho State Invitational.
The Cougars (6-0) will face off against Boise State, Missouri – who is receiving votes in the AVCA poll – and Idaho State.
Last Time Out
BYU won the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic last week by defeating Wyoming, LIU Brooklyn and host then-No. 11 Ohio State. Mary Lake was named the tournament Most Valuable Player and was added to the all-tournament list along with Amy Boswell.
The Cougars face off against Boise State (4-2) Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. MDT at Reed Gym.
BYU leads the Broncos in the overall series history with a perfect 6-0 record, winning most recently in four sets in 2008.
Boise State has won its past three matches, picking up victories against Wright State, Kent State and Cleveland State last week.
The Broncos ended the 2015 season with a 23-7, 15-3 (2nd) MWC record.
Missouri (4-2) will take on the Cougars Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at noon MDT at Reed Gym.
The Tigers lead the short overall series history 2-1-1. Missouri won the last matchup in four sets in 2009.
Mizzou went 1-2 over the weekend, falling at home to Utah and Miami (Ohio) before picking up a four-set win against recent BYU opponent Rice.
The Tigers advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2015 and ended the year with a 27-6, 14-4 (2nd) SEC record.
Idaho State (4-3) will compete against the Cougars Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. MDT at Reed Gym to conclude the Idaho State Invitational.
BYU leads the series history with a near-perfect 26-1 overall record. The Cougars won a five-set thriller against the Bengals at home last year.
Idaho State won its past four matches last week, winning first at Utah Valley before taking the Cougar Classic title with wins against Lamar, Houston and Texas Southern.
The Bengals went 23-10, 13-3 (2nd) Big Sky in 2015.
There will be live stats available for each of the three matches this week. Saturday’s match against Idaho State will have audio/video feeds as well. Links to everything can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.