Broncos Head to Seattle For Three
March 28, 2018


Match 5: Boise State (0-4) vs Portland (2-3)

  • Location: at Seattle, Wash. (University of Washington)
  • Facility: Husky Beach Courts (North of IMA Building)
  • Date and Time: March 29 (Thursday) at 1 p.m. (MT)
Match 6: Boise State (0-4) at Washington (3-6)
  • Location: at Seattle, Wash. (University of Washington)
  • Facility: Husky Beach Courts (North of IMA Building)
  • Date and Time: March 29 (Thursday) at 4 p.m. (MT)
Match 7: Boise State (0-4) at Washington (3-6)
  • Location: at Seattle, Wash. (University of Washington)
  • Facility: Husky Beach Courts (North of IMA Building)
  • Date and Time: March 30 (Friday) at 1 p.m. (MT)

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Boise State (0-4) beach volleyball returns to action this week when the Broncos travel to face the Portland Pilots and Washington Huskies in Seattle. Boise State will open against the Portland Pilots at 1 p.m. (Mountain) on Thursday followed by a pair of contests versus the Huskies, one on Thursday at 4 p.m. (MT) and one at 1 p.m. (MT) on Friday. The Broncos are 1-0 versus Portland and 1-2 against Washington all-time.

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS: Portland enters the weekend at 2-3 overall and is coming in off a 4-1 win over Oregon last Saturday to snap a three-match losing streak. The Washington Huskies enter the week at 3-6 overall and have lost four straight contests. This week will be Washington’s home openers.

LAST TIME OUT FOR BOISE STATE: It has been three weeks since the Broncos last played opening the season with four contests hosted by No. 14 Stanford (March 10-11). The young Broncos did not record a win on the weekend falling 4-1 to Tulane and 5-0 to Cal, San Jose State and Stanford. Sabryn Roberts and Janell Walley are the lone returning pair for the Broncos, they played at No.1 pair during all four contests going 0-4. The lone victory for the blue and orange came against Tulane when Jensen Allen and Kiley Lewis won in straight sets 21-18, 21-12 at No. 5 pair.

LOOKING AT BOISE STATE: Boise State is in its fifth season of beach volleyball competing as an independent. Since the inaugural season in 2014 the Broncos have gone 18-34 (includes 0-4 mark from 2018) overall and 5-6 each of the last two years. At the time Boise State added beach volleyball the Broncos were the northern most program in the country and the only one in the Pacific Northwest. Since then Oregon, Washington, Portland and Utah have added it in the region.

BRONCOS VERSUS THE PAC-12: Versus Pac-12 opponents the blue and orange has experienced some success over the first four years going a combined 9-15 against seven of the members: Arizona (0-3), Arizona State (0-3), Cal (1-3), Oregon (5-0), Southern Cal (0-2), Stanford (2-2) and Washington (1-2).

BRONCOS VERSUS THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Boise State has faced five members of the West Coast Conference in beach volleyball going a combined 4-5: Pacific (1-3), Portland (1-0), Saint Mary’s (0-1), San Francisco (2-0) and Santa Clara (0-1).

INDEPENDENT STATUS: Boise State has competed as an independent since its inception in 2014. While most of Boise State’s sports currently play in the Mountain West Conference, unfortunately the league does not currently sponsor beach volleyball with only three members competing in the sport: Boise State, New Mexico and San Jose State. There are rumors of other members exploring the option of adding the sport, but none of them have committed to it at this time.

WHAT’S BACK: Boise State returns eight letterwinners from the 2017 squad that went 5-6 overall. However there are a lot of unknowns on this squad with only one pair returning from last year that is projected to play together again this season, as well as a lot of new faces.

The Broncos return the tandem of junior Sabryn Roberts and sophomore Janell Walley from last year when they went 7-4 overall and 6-2 playing at No. 2 pair. Other players back from last year that will travel this weekend are Jensen Allen (So.), Skye Southwick (Jr.), Jaymee-Lee Bulda (Sr.), Cassedi Simon (So.) and Kenna Hanses (So.). Maddi Osburn (Sr.) also returns but will not travel because of injury.

WHAT’S NEW: The Broncos welcome eight newcomers to the beach team featuring Catherine Clemens (Fr., Burns, Ore.), Drew Hannemann (Fr., Flagstaff, Ariz.), Samantha Headley (Jr., Eagle, Idaho), Kylee Johnson (Fr., New Braunfels, Texas), Brindl Langley (Sr., Camas, Wash.) Kiley Lewis (Fr., Auburn, Wash.), Tiaja McKnight (Jr., Los Angles, Calif.) and Maya Watkins (Fr., Snohomish, Wash.).

Of the newcomers three have extensive experience in beach volleyball. Langley is a graduate transfer from Florida Southern where she was a NCAA DII All-American for the indoor team, while also playing for the beach exhibition team the last couple of years. Hannemann did not play indoor volleyball during high school opting instead to focus on the Coconino High beach team in Flagstaff, Ariz., as well as competing for a club team out of Scottsdale, Ariz. Lewis also has experience playing in several beach competitions in Washington and California during her youth club career.

PROGRAM FIRSTS: Last year Skye Southwick became the first-ever Bronco that was a beach only volleyball player after transferring from the College of Southern Idaho where she played indoor volleyball. After Southwick last year, this season the program has six beach only players on the squad including: Southwick, Hannemann, Headley, Johnson, Langley and Watkins. In addition, the program offered its first-ever scholarship this spring with Langley becoming the first Bronco to receive a beach volleyball scholarship at Boise State.

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