Broncos Head to Hawaii for Four
April 13, 2018

THIS WEEK IN BRONCO BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Honolulu, Hawaii (Clarence T.C. Ching Complex)
April 14-15, 2018

Saturday, April 14
  • Match 9: Boise State (1-7) vs Arizona State (10-13) at 5 p.m. (MT) | Live Stats
  • Match 10: Boise State (1-7) vs No. 3 Hawai’i (28-3) at 7 p.m. (MT) | Live Stats
Sunday, April 15
  • Match 11: Boise State vs Arizona State at 4 p.m. (MT) | Live Stats
  • Match 12: Boise State vs No. 3 Hawai’i at 8 p.m. (MT) | Live Stats | Live Video


WHAT’S HAPPENING: Boise State (1-7) beach volleyball continues this week’s road trip with four matches at Honolulu, Hawaii, where they will face the Arizona State Sun Devils and Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine twice each. The Broncos will play each team once each on Saturday and Sunday at the University of Hawai’i’s Clarence T.C. Ching Complex.

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS: Arizona State enters the week at 10-13 overall and are coming off a 2-3 weekend in Arizona last week where they defeated Colorado Mesa and Vanguard by 5-0 scores. Hawai’i enters the week ranked third nationally with a 28-3 overall record. The Rainbow Wahine are 15-1 at home this season and are coming off a 5-0 weekend last week at home in the Queen’s Cup. Boise State is 0-2 versus Hawai’i and 0-3 against Arizona State all-time.

LAST TIME OUT FOR BOISE STATE: Boise State opened their final road trip of the year by splitting two at Folsom, Calif., on Wednesday (April 11) where they defeated Foothill College 5-0 in an exhibition match before falling to Sacramento State 4-1. The Sac State contest was tight with three of the five matches going to three sets before the Hornets claimed the win. Boise State was led by its top duo of Sabryn Roberts and Janell Walley who won both of their matches on the day.

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 19-37 (includes 1-7 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.

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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