Boise State Volleyball Heads Off to Twin Falls
What's Happening this Weekend

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State heads into the second week of the spring exhibition season with a trip to Twin Falls, Idaho, on the schedule for this Friday. The Broncos will take on two Gem State schools in their host the College of Southern Idaho and the College of Idaho. This is the second tournament for Boise State this month with the Broncos going 3-2-1 last weekend at Washington State's Tournament.

"I think that the spring season is really important in the development of our team," said coach Shawn Garus. "These competitions give us a chance to place the girls in different roles and positions to give them the needed experience to succeed. It also gives us a chance to get the new kids (two spring transfers) and redshirts onto the court with the veterans so they can become familiar with the system, their new teammates and build a new team chemistry."

This week's action begins at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the CSI Gymnasium when Boise State faces the CSI Eagles in the first match of the day. The Broncos will then followed that match with one versus the College of Idaho from Caldwell at 5:00 p.m.

The Boise State roster is highlighted by next year's senior class of Liz Harden, Fiona Jones and Kersti Whitney. They are joined by juniors Casey Rose and Leah Stevens, three sophomores-to-be in Kristyn Kirschenman, Taylor Murphey and Brittany Reardon, as well as two redshirt freshman Katelyn Kinghorn and Sarah Webster. Boise State has added two additional players to the roster this spring in transfers Aly Duffin (Georgia Southern) and Alyssa Gammel (Virginia Tech), both are natives of California and will be eligible to play as sophomores next fall.

Recapping Last Weekend at Washington State

Boise State traveled last Saturday to Pullman, Wash., where they participated in a seven-team round robin tournament. The Broncos played six two-set matches in all going 3-2-1 with wins over Idaho, Eastern Washington and Central Washington. Broncos who stood out to the coaches last week were Casey Rose playing solely as the setter after coming in off the bench the last two seasons; Kersti Whitney playing full-time as the libero (defensive specialist); and newcomer Alyssa Gammel who plays outside hitter.

"I thought we had several players show signs of improvement this weekend," commented Garus. "Overall I thought Casey (Rose), Kersti (Whitney) and Alyssa (Gammel) stood out this weekend in positions that we will need them in next fall. The girls played hard and worked well together as a team. We were able to experiment with several different lineups to see what groups work well together. They learned a lot and showed improvement as the day went along. I was really pleased with this experience."  

Last Weekend's Results
Match 1 Vs. Central Washington, W 2-0
Match 2 Vs. Washington State, L 0-2
Match 3 Vs. Montana State, L 0-2
Match 4 Vs. Eastern Washington, W 2-0
Match 5 Vs. Seattle, T 1-1
Match 6 Vs. Idaho, W 2-0

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