Sand Volleyball Opens Season in Arizona
Taylor Murphey.
March 25, 2015

THIS WEEK's SCHEDULE
Match 1: Boise State (0-0) at Grand Canyon (4-2)
Date and Time: March 25 (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. (Mountain)
Location: Phoenix, Ariz. (Grand Canyon Courts)
Address: 3300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix

The Last Meeting
Boise State2
Grand Canyon3
April 25, 2014
Phoenix, Ariz.
Boise State Drops a Pair in Arizona
Boise State fell 3-2 at Grand Canyon Friday morning in Phoenix. It was the first of four matches this weekend in the state of Arizona.

The Last Meeting
Boise State0
Arizona State5
April 25, 2014
Tempe, Ariz.
Boise State Drops a Pair in Arizona
Boise State fell 3-2 at Grand Canyon Friday morning in Phoenix. It was the first of four matches this weekend in the state of Arizona.

The Last Meeting
Boise State1
Arizona4
April 26, 2014
Tucson, Ariz.
Broncos Close Season with 4-1 Loss at Arizona
Boise State's women's sand volleyball team closed its inaugural campaign Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 loss at Arizona in Tucson.

Match 2: Boise State (0-0) at Arizona State (2-6)
Date and Time: March 26 (Thursday) at 7 p.m. (Mountain)
Location: Tempe, Ariz. (PERA Club)
Address: 1 East Continental Dr., Tempe

Match 3: Boise State (0-0) at No. 10 Arizona (6-0)
Tournament: Wildcat Spring Challenge
Date and Time: March 27 (Friday) at 3 p.m. (Mountain)
Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona Sand Volleyball Courts)
Address: Located at the corner of Enke Drive and Campbell Avenue at Jimenez Field

Match 4: Boise State (0-0) vs. Nebraska (1-2)
Tournament: Wildcat Spring Challenge
Date and Time: March 27 (Friday) at 5 p.m. (Mountain)
Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona Sand Volleyball Courts)
Address: Located at the corner of Enke Drive and Campbell Avenue at Jimenez Field

Match 5: Boise State (0-0) vs. Cal State Northridge (2-5)
Tournament: Wildcat Spring Challenge
Date and Time: March 28 (Saturday) at 12 p.m. (Mountain)
Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona Sand Volleyball Courts)
Address: Located at the corner of Enke Drive and Campbell Avenue at Jimenez Field


WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Boise State's sand volleyball program opens its second campaign this week when the Broncos travel to Arizona for five matches.
  • The Broncos, who went 4-7 in their inaugural season of 2014, have yet to play a match this season and will be taking on teams who have all played at least three contests apiece this season.
  • The season begins for Boise State Wednesday night in Phoenix where they face the Grand Canyon Antelopes at 7 p.m. (Mountain). The Antelopes defeated the Broncos 3-2 last year in Phoenix.
  • Thursday night the Broncos will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils at 7 p.m. at the PERA Club. These two teams met last year in Tempe when the Sun Devils downed the Broncos 5-0.
  • Boise State will finish the week by traveling to Tucson for the Wildcat Spring Challenge Friday and Saturday where they will play three contests.
  • The Broncos open the challenge with their host the 10th-ranked (AVCA) Arizona Wildcats at 3 p.m. (Mountain) at 3 p.m. (Mountain) at the Arizona Sand Volleyball Courts on campus. The Wildcats defeated the Broncos 4-1 in 2014 at Tucson.
  • Boise State will complete a Friday doubleheader when it faces the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 5 p.m. This will be the first meeting ever between the two programs.
  • Spring Break will close on Saturday when the Broncos play Cal State Northridge on the final day of the Wildcat Spring Challenge. This contest will also be a first-time meeting between the Matadors and Boise State.

THE BRONCOS

  • Program History: This is the second season in the history of the Bronco sand volleyball program after going 4-7 during last year's inaugural campaign.
  • Record: Boise State is opening the 2015 season this week in Arizona.
  • Road Warriors: Boise State is playing the first three weeks of the 2015 season on the road for a total of 13-14 matches.
  • Home Debut: Boise State played all 11 matches on the road last year. The Broncos will played their first home matches in program history on Friday, April 24, when they host No. 10 Arizona and Oregon in a round-robin at the Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts on the corner of Belmont and Oakland.

THE ROSTER

SAND VOLLEYBALL FORMAT

  • Sand volleyball is different than the indoor game which plays with a six-women team on the court.
  • In the sand they play with five two-women pairs which are ranked according to ability with the No. 1 pair being the best, much like collegiate tennis.
  • The winner of the match is the team who wins three or more of the pairs.
  • Each individual match played by the pairs is two out of three sets to win. The first two sets go to 21 points with the third, if needed, going to 15 points, all are win by two.

ADDITION OF SAND VOLLEYBALL

  • Boise State University Executive Director of Athletics Mark Coyle announced on Aug. 29, 2013 the addition of women's sand volleyball to the list of sports sponsored by the Broncos.
  • Sand volleyball gave Boise State 20 intercollegiate teams.
  • Boise State was the first school to add sand volleyball in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions, as well as the Mountain West Conference.
  • This year there are three Mountain West schools that are now sponsoring sand volleyball. Boise State and San Jose State added it for 2014, while New Mexico added it for 2015.

NCAA ADDS SAND VOLLEYBALL AS 90th SPORT

  • The NCAA announced this winter that sand volleyball will officially become the 90th sports sponsored by the organization starting in the spring of 2016. This takes the sport off the "emerging sport list" and makes it an official sport with a NCAA sponsored nationally championship tournament.
  • There are currently 43 NCAA Division I schools sponsoring the sport in 2015 with three more that have announced they will add it for 2016.

COACHING STAFF

  • The NCAA limits the number of coaches to two, a head coach and one assistant.
  • Shawn Garus will serve as the head coach of both the indoor and sand teams.
  • Boise State alumnae Breann Crowell will serve as the sand volleyball assistant coach. Candy Murphy will be the director of operations for the sand team. Murphy is the top assistant for the indoor team.

NEW HOME FOR BRONCO SAND VOLLEYBALL

  • The University opened a new sand volleyball complex called the "Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts" last summer on the corner of Belmont Street and N. Oakland Avenue. The new complex consist of three regulation courts.
  • This facility is not apart of the athletic department but is owned and controlled by the university.
  • This facility will also serve as the official home of the Boise State sand volleyball program and will host all home matches for the team.

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