Broncos Open Beach Season in Oregon
March 31, 2016




Oregon Beach Volleyball Tournament
Delta Owens Sports Park | Portland, Ore.
Address: 10737 N Union Ct., Portland
No Live Scoring

Tournament Central 

MATCH 1
Boise State (0-0) vs. Portland Pilots (0-4)
Saturday, April 2 | 11 a.m. (Mountain)
Series History: First meeting

MATCH 2
Boise State (0-0) at Oregon Ducks (0-0)
Saturday, April 2 | 3 p.m. (Mountain)
Series History: Broncos lead 2-0
Last Meeting: BSU 4-1 (April 24, 2015 at Boise)

MATCH 3
Boise State (0-0) vs. Stanford (2-3)
Sunday, April 3 | 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Series History: First meeting
1 p.m. vs. Stanford Cardinal


WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Boise State beach volleyball opens its third season this weekend at the University of Oregon Beach Volleyball Tournament at Portland, Ore., this Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3. 
  • The Broncos will open the year against a first year program the Portland Pilots (0-4) of the West Coast Conference at 11 a.m. (Mountain) this Saturday and follow that with a second match at 3 p.m. versus the Oregon Ducks (0-0). 
  • The tournament will conclude on Sunday when Boise State faces the Stanford Cardinal (2-3) at 1 p.m.
  • All matches will be played at Portland's Delta Owens Sports Park on North Union Court.

"I am really excited to kickoff our third season of beach volleyball here at Boise State this weekend in Portland," said coach Shawn Garus. "We will have three matches this weekend opening against the University of Portland which is in its first year, the University of Oregon and Stanford. All three should be good tests for us. At this time I think our team is just excited to get out and play someone else and see how they fare."



WHAT'S BACK

"Everyday out on the sand we look more and more like an experienced team," commented Garus. "We are now in our third season and most of our roster is now experienced playing beach volleyball, which is the opposite of when we first started out two years ago when very few had ever played the sport competitively. The players now know what to expect and have the skills to respond to whatever happens during the match. Each day they are improving on skill level, as well as learning how to make their partners better. I think the level of play will continue to rise within our program and we should be more competitive as a team now and in the future."



WHAT'S NEW

"Our three newcomers are doing a great job out at the sand," Garus said. "Emily Sullivan is probably the newest to the beach game. I know she really enjoys it and her skill level is really good out there, she is a well rounded player but she is still learning about the game."

"Katie (Elgan) Hall who is a middle on the indoor team has transitioned to the sand really well," said Garus. "I think she is one of the better attackers for us right now. She works really hard and will be a good partner for who ever she plays with."

"Sabryn Roberts is more of a natural having come to Boise with a lot of beach skills," Garus commented. "She has played the game a lot having grown up on the beach, coming from southern California. Her game is very well suited for the beach, she has all the shots and has ball control to go with it. I think all three new players have been a nice addition to our roster and should help us out immediately."



THE SCHEDULE

  • Boise State will play a total of 15 matches this season, 12 regular season contests and three exhibition matches.
  • The Broncos' schedule includes five matches against members of the Pacific-12 Conference in Arizona State, California. Oregon and Stanford (twice) ... it also features the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine who are currently ranked fourth nationally and vying for a national title. 
  • The Broncos lone home contests will be during the Boise State Exhibition Tournament on Saturday, April 23 ... Boise State will play three matches against Northwest Nazarene, College of Idaho and Southern Idaho as exhibitions.

"I feel like we have a competitive schedule overall," commented Garus. "We play all of our regular season matches on the road over a 14 day span, so it will come fast and furious from the get go. There are five Pac-12 schools on our schedule and a few other very strong programs like Hawaii who is one of the best programs in the country and in the national title hunt ranked fourth."

"I am excited for our tournament here in Boise against schools from Idaho who are just starting to look at the sport," said Garus. "I think it is good to showcase the game throughout our state and build interest. The three schools have been successful at their respective levels in the indoor game so it will be fun to see how they do in the sand. I think it will be a fun day for everyone involved."



AFFILIATION

  • The Broncos will continue to compete as an independent for the 2016 season.
  • Boise State is currently one of three Mountain West schools competing in the sport, San Jose State and New Mexico are the other two. 
  • Other Mountain West schools who are reportedly considering adding the sport include: UNLV and San Diego State.


COACHING STAFF

  • Shawn Garus returns for his third season as head coach of the Broncos entering the year at 8-18 overall.
  • Allison Buck joined the Boise State family on March 7th as the new beach volleyball assistant coach ... she came to Boise State from the University of New Mexico where she had worked for three years ... collegiately Buck was a standout libero for the Lobos' indoor team 2008-11 and was a two-time All-Mountain West honoree.
  • Candy Murphy returns for her third season as the director of operations for the beach program.


HOME OF THE BRONCOS

  • The Boise State beach volleyball team calls the Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts home.
  • It features three courts and is located on the corner of South Oakland Avenue and Belmont Street.


NCAA MAKES IT OFFICIAL

  • The NCAA officially added the sport of beach volleyball for the 2016 season moving it off the women's emerging sports (exploratory/trial) list.
  • Along with the recognition came a name change from "sand" volleyball to "beach" volleyball to match the Olympics and what the international community calls the sport.
  • There are officially 47 NCAA DI programs for the 2016 season.


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