2015-16 In Review: Fall

July 11, 2016 Boise State recently completed another successful year of intercollegiate athletics, highlighted by team and individual conference championships as well as postseason appearances and All-America honors. The department finished the year No. 70 in the Learfield Directors' Cup, the third consecutive top-75 year-end ranking and the school's 10th in the 23-year history of the award. This week BroncoSports.com takes a look back at the year that was. The series starts with the fall sports season.

Nine of Boise State's 16 All-America honors last year came during the fall sports season. It was also 'the fall of the freshman.' Elijah Armstrong (men's cross country), Allie Ostrander (women's cross country) and Brett Rypien (football) all made their Bronco debuts and took home Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors in their respective sports.

Ostrander would go on to have one of the best years in Boise State athletics history, but in the fall she paced the Bronco women's cross country squad to arguably the best season by a Boise State team in 2015-16.

The fall was about more than just freshmen competing beyond their years. It also included a coming-of-age story on the volleyball court. Sarah Baugh and Sierra Nobley led the team to a 23-7 record and second-place finish in the Mountain West with a 15-3 league mark.


Women's Cross Country

Men's Cross Country


  • Finished with 23-7 overall record, 15-3 in Mountain West play to finish second and ranked No. 43 in final NCAA RPI
  • Most wins since 1990 (also 23 wins), and third most in school's Division I history (1982)
  • Best conference finish since 1998 (second in Big West's East Division)
  • National leader in kills per set (15.54) and assists per set (14.56); first time leading country in any statistical category
  • Led Mountain West and ranked No. 11 nationally in hitting percentage (.280)
  • Won 15 of final 16 matches, including six sweeps
  • Sierra Nobley: AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, AVCA All-Region, AVCA National Player of the Week (Dec. 1)
  • Sarah Baugh: AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention
  • All-Mountain West:
  • Sarah Baugh, Maddy O'Donnell, Sierra Nobley, Maddi Osburn and Kaitlyn Oliver
  • Shawn Garus: Mountain West Coach of the Year

Women's Soccer

    Brooke Heidemann named to NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team, first all-region honor in program history
  • Brooke Heidemann named first-team All-Mountain West, becoming third women's soccer student-athlete in Mountain West history to earn first-team recognition four times
  • All-Mountain West: Brooke Heidemann (first-team), Hailey DeVries (second team), Baylee Blaser (honorable mention)
  • Broncos defeated San Diego State for second-straight year, first MW team to beat Aztecs in consecutive years since 2008
  • Sophomore midfielder Sarah Taylor called up to Canada U20 National Team
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Janelle Flores recorded three shutouts and earned third Mountain West Player of the Week Award of her career

Stay tuned all week to relive the best of the last year in Boise State Athletics.

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