Broncos Close Season Against Washington
April 17, 2018

THIS WEEK IN BRONCO BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Location: Boise, Idaho (Boise State Sand Volleyball Courts)
Dates: April 18-21, 2018
Admission: Free
Parking: Lincoln Garage (use the Kiosk and pick volleyball option)

Wednesday, April 18

  • Exhibition: College of Idaho vs Boise State (3-9) at 5 p.m. (MT)

Thursday, April 19

  • Exhibition Pairs Tournament: Starts at 1 p.m. (MT)
  • Teams: Boise State, College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene, Southern Idaho and Treasure Valley

Friday, April 20

Saturday, April 21

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Boise State will have a busy week as it closes the season with four straight days of competition. The Broncos (3-9) will host the College of Idaho in an exhibition match at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by an exhibition pairs tournament on Thursday featuring five teams: Boise State, College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene, Southern Idaho and Treasure Valley. The week and 2018 campaign will conclude with two matches against the Washington Huskies, the first is set for Friday at 5 p.m. and the second at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS: The Washington Huskies enter the week at 10-11 overall. The Huskies are coming off a 2-2 split at home last weekend in the Pac-12 North Invitational where they defeated No. 13 Cal 3-2 and Oregon 5-0, while falling to No. 4 USC 4-1 and No. 14 Stanford 4-1. Washington has already defeated the Broncos twice this season by 5-0 scores in Seattle March 29-30 and leads the all-time series 2-1. None of the schools competing in exhibitions sponsor the sport officially.

LAST TIME OUT FOR BOISE STATE: Boise State just completed a six-day road trip where they went 2-3 overall. The Broncos opened with a 5-0 exhibition victory over Foothill College (Calif.) at Sacramento State, then followed with a 4-1 loss to Sac State on Wednesday. The Broncos then traveled to Honolulu where they went 2-2 sweeping Arizona State and falling twice to third-ranked Hawai’i. On the week Boise State was led by its No. 1 pair of Sabryn Roberts and Janell Walley who went a combined 3-2 overall recording the lone win versus Sac State and winning both matches versus ASU. The No. 2 pair of Brindl Langley and Kiley Lewis, as well as the tandem of Jaymee-Lee Bulda and Jensen Allen at No. 4 pair went 2-3 on the week each team recording a pair of victories against ASU.

LEADING THE BRONCOS: The top team in the Boise State lineup is the No. 1 tandem of Roberts and Walley who are 4-8 overall this year, all at the top position. After that it is Langley and Lewis who are 3-5 overall playing at No. 2 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 21-39 (includes 3-9 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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