New Mexico capitalized on a 7-1 run to open the opener early, extending a 5-5 tie to a 13-6 advantage. The Lobos were never behind again as they clinched the 10-point, 25-15 win.
Boise State regrouped for the second set where the Broncos used an 8-1 run to take control. The blue and orange put the period away Paige Bartschs Sixth kill of the set to win it 25-16 by nine.
The Broncos led most of the way in a tight third set. After the Lobos leveled at 17, Boise State recorded a 3-0 run to regain the advantage and then held off UNM with a 25-22 win to take a 2-1 lead in the game.
New Mexico forced the match into a fifth set as the Lobos recovered to capture the fourth. They capitalized on a 4-0 run that broke a 14-14 tie and then overtook the Broncos with a 25-20 win.
With the score at 12-12 in the deciding fifth set, Boise State finished with three straight points. After a UNM attack failure, Jordan Muller and Bartsch went back-to-back with kills to win the match for Blue and Orange.
Neither team hit the ball exceptionally well, with the Broncos outperforming the Lobos with .184 percent on 67 kills and .175 percent on 48 kills. The two teams combined for 27 blocks, with UNM holding a 16-to-11 advantage at the net.
Unfortunately, with the other results from Saturday’s conference, Boise State will not advance to next week’s MW Championship in Fort Collins, Colorado as the 2022 campaign ends.
- “Today’s game was a nice win to end the season. It all started yesterday with a spirited practice session. I thought our seniors Allie Casillas and Lauren Ohlinger did a good job and worked to get a little bit better every day. Even when the state of the post-season was already sealed, they still came into practice, worked hard and set the tone on the pitch today.”
- “I thought Annie had one of the best matches of her career today and ended up with 15 kills and eight blocks. She was really committed to the team.”
- “Lauren (Ohlinger) was very aggressive offensively today, which meant that she scored a lot more points. She also fought hard in defense.”
- “It was good to see 20 kills from Paige, it was another great performance from her. She’s just a great competitor out there.”
- Bartsch led the Broncos with 21 points — level on points with the team high — on a team high of 20 kills and two block assists. She added 14 digs to record a double-double.
- Lauren Ohlinger Added 18 kills behind 0.261 percent hit; She also had two serve aces and two block assists to set the team’s high in points with 21.
- Annie Kaminski posted a team-best .448 percent and set career highs with 15 points and eight blocks.
- Jordan Muller was the fourth Broncos to reach double-digit kills and recorded 10.
- Allison Casillas scored a team high as a libero with 17 strokes.
- Ashley Hayden recorded a double-double with a team-high 52 assists and 14 digs.
- Four Broncos finished the match with double-digit kills (Bartsch, Ohlinger, Kaminski and Miller), and three had double-doubles (Bartsch, Ohlinger and Hayden).
- Bartsch’s 20 kills marks the seventh time this season that she has 20+ kills in a competition; It’s also her 24th in double-digit kills, both team-highs.
- Ohlinger recorded her ninth match of the year and 31st of her career with a double-double that added 16 digs to her 18 kills. She also recorded her 72nd match with double-digit kills.
- Ohlinger finished her career with a Boise State rally-era record for career service aces at 135.
- Ohlinger finishes her four years with 1,358 kills and finishes third all-time at Boise State.
- Casillas finished her career with 1,144 digs, good for 12th all-time in program history.
The season is over for the Broncos, who finished the season with their eighth straight season.