Boise State to Host First Home Matches in History
Shawn Garus.
April 22, 2015

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

  • Match 1: Oregon (1-4) at Boise State (3-10)
  • Date and Time: April 24 (Friday) at 1 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts)
  • Match 2: Oregon (1-4) Vs. No. 10 Arizona (15-3)
  • Date and Time: April 24 (Friday) at 3 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts) 
  • Match 3: No. 10 Arizona (15-3) at Boise State (3-10)
  • Date and Time: April 24 (Friday) at 5 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts) 
  • ADMISSION: Free admission to the sand volleyball matches.
  • PARKING: Free parking will be available on the fourth and fifth floors of the Lincoln Parking Garage, one block east of the sand volleyball courts.



WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Boise State (3-10) closes its second campaign this Friday with the program's first ever home matches featuring a pair of Pacific-12 Conference teams in the Oregon Ducks (1-4) and 10th-ranked Arizona Wildcats (15-3).
  • The Broncos have played 24 matches in the program's history, all of them on the road, including the first 13 this season. 
  • The action begins at 1 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday when the Broncos take on the Oregon Ducks, followed at 3 p.m. by Arizona versus Oregon. The day will conclude with Boise State facing the Arizona Wildcats at 5 p.m.
  • All three matches will be held on campus at the Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts on the corner of Belmont Street and Oakland Avenue.
  • This week's competition will feature a round robin with the three teams playing each other once.


THE OREGON DUCKS

  • The Oregon-Boise State match is the second meeting all-time between the two programs with the Broncos defeating the Ducks 3-2 last year in Portland. 
  • The Ducks enter the contest at 1-4 overall and are coming off a 1-3 weekend at the Stanford Tournament April 10-11 where they recorded their lone victory a 3-2 win over Cal Poly.


THE ARIZONA WILDCATS

  • Friday's encounter between the Broncos and Wildcats will be the third of the series and second this season ... Arizona leads the series 2-0.
  • The two met earlier this year at the Wildcat Spring Challenge on March 27 in Tucson where Arizona won 5-0.
  • Arizona enters the weekend ranked 10th nationally with a 15-3 overall record ... two of their three defeats came last weekend to No. 1 Southern California by 5-0 scores at the Pac-12 Invitational where they went 2-2 overall, including wins over No. 8 UCLA (W 3-2) and Arizona State (W 5-0).


RECENTLY FOR BOISE STATE

  • Boise State took last weekend off.
  • Prior to that the Broncos were at the USAV Collegiate Challenge at Hermosa Beach, Calif., April 11-12 where they went 0-2 falling to both No. 1 Southern California and No. 2 Hawai'i by 5-0 scores.
  • Boise State also competed in its first ever "Pairs Tournament" at the USAV Collegiate Challenge where the pair of Sarah Baugh and Sierra Nobley, as well as the freshmen tandem of Jaymee-Lee Bulda and Maddi Osburn both pairs went 1-1 claiming the first Bronco victories in a pairs tournament. 


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 currently 3-10 this season.
  • Road Warriors: Boise State played the first three weeks of the 2015 season on the road for a total of 13 matches ... in all they played the first 24 matches of the program's history on the road over the 2014 and 2015 campaigns going a combined 7-17.
  • Home Debut: The Broncos will play their first home matches in program history on Friday, April 24, when they host No. 10 Arizona and Oregon.


THE ROSTER


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.
  • The addition of sand volleyball gave Boise State 20 intercollegiate teams.
  • Boise State was the first school to officially 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 sport sponsored by the organization starting in the spring of 2016. 
  • This takes the sport off the "emerging sports list" and makes it an official sport with a NCAA sponsored nationally championship tournament.
  • There are currently 47 NCAA schools sponsoring the sport in 2015 with four 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 does serve as the official home of the Boise State sand volleyball program and will host all home matches for the team.


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.
The Last Meeting
Boise State0
Arizona5
March 27, 2015
Tucson, Ariz.
Boise State Falls Twice in Arizona
Boise State's sand volleyball team struggled on the opening day of the Wildcat Spring Challenge in Tucson, Ariz., falling to 10th-ranked Arizona 5-0 and Nebraska 5-0.

The Last Meeting
Boise State3
Oregon2
April 12, 2014
Portland, Ore.
Boise State Sweeps Three in Portland
Boise State sand volleyball took care of business on Saturday sweeping three matches over Portland State 2-1, Oregon 3-2 and Washington 3-2 at The Courts at Eastmoreland in Portland, Ore.


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