Shawn Garus, Boise State Head Coach
Aug. 8, 2014
Boise State’s volleyball team reports to campus Friday in preparation for the start of summer preseason training. Sixth-year head coach Shawn Garus welcomed five starters, eight letterwinners, two redshirts and four newcomers to the Broncos first meeting this afternoon.
“I am excited about the season. We return alot of experienced kids with four seniors, which is a large senior class in volleyball,” said Garus. “All four have played alot during their careers and should be able to provide the leadership we need on the floor. We only graduated two players last year so we have experience coming back. I also like our new kids that are coming today, they are talented and increase our depth at a couple positions where we needed it. I am excited about this team and I can’t wait to get in the gym to get started training.”
After all the team meetings, physicals and compliance sessions are over on Friday, the team will begin the hard work in earnest Saturday with the first two-a-day training sessions. The team will continue the double sessions for most of the next two weeks heading up to the start of school on August 25, followed by the opening matches at home during the Northwest Challenge over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-30.
The Broncos will practice twice a day for two weeks with the first session running 9-11:30 a.m. and the second from 3-5 p.m. The schedule and length of each session could vary depending on where the coaches feel they are in the training process.
Boise State returns five of seven starters, with the libero, from the 2013 campaign including seniors Aly Duffin (middle blocker), Alyssa Gammel (outside hitter), Taylor Murphey (outside hitter) and Brittany Reardon (middle blocker). In addition, sophomore Hannah Hubbard played at libero in every match.
Junior Katelyn Kinghorn (outside hitter) also returns after starting in 16 of 30 matches in 2013. She is joined by sophomore Maddy O’Donnell who came on strong last season at middle blocker earning 12 starts.
The floor captain this year is junior setter Sarah Baugh. She spent her first two seasons rotating into the lineup with Casey Rose, a senior last year. During Baugh’s first two campaigns she played in every contest while recording 21 starts.
“Sarah is a hard worker and has played since the first day she arrived. Sarah has a lot of experience at a key position as our setter, so she has an opportunity to take on a larger role this fall as a leader,” commented Garus. “I like all her intangibles, she is very driven, very motivated, she’s good in the classroom and is someone I trust to lead by example.”
Joining the eight returning letterwinners are two redshirt freshmen in Kaitlyn Oliver and Laney Hayes, both are middle blockers. The Broncos also added one transfer Erienne Barry (setter) and three freshmen in Sierra Nobley (outside hitter), Maddi Osburn (libero/defensive specialist) and Jaymee-Lee Bulda (setter).
A more in depth analysis of each player, each position and the team will be coming over the next two weeks as we head into the season opener.
Boise State opens the season by hosting the seventh annual Northwest Challenge over Labor Day weekend Aug. 29-30. The tournament features Washington, Portland State and Gonzaga on a annual basis with the four schools taking turns hosting the event. The Broncos open with Gonzaga on Friday night, followed by matches with Portland State Saturday morning and Washington that afternoon. The Huskies finished 2013 ranked fourth nationally and are expected to be in the AVCA preseason top 25 poll when it is released next week.
The Broncos will then hit the road for three weeks before hosting its Mountain West Conference openers against Wyoming on Thursday, Sept. 25, and Colorado State on Sept. 27.
The season wraps up with an 18-match conference schedule. Boise State closes the season by hosting San Diego State Nov. 19 for Senior Day, before concluding the regular season on the road at UNLV Nov. 22 and at Utah State Nov. 25. The MW does not sponsor a postseason conference volleyball tournament.
All home matches (BroncoSports.com) and most conference road contests (TheMW.com) will be streamed live for free over the internet in 2014. Once again all home contests are held in Bronco Gym on the Boise State campus.
Admission to Boise State home contests remain the same with adults getting in for $6, senior citizens (62 years or older) and youth are $4. Children two years of age or younger are free, as are Boise State students with proper student identification. The best value for a Bronco fan is the Bronco Sports Pass for $75 which gets you into every regular season event for all sports except football and men’s basketball.
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