Boise State volleyball's five newcomers (L-R): Mary Douglass, Katie Elgan, Reece Carman, Phoebe Bell and Sabryn Roberts.
Aug. 10, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State volleyball opened preseason camp on Monday with 15 players reporting on the first day. Coach Shawn Garus, entering his seventh season, welcomed 10 veterans and five newcomers for the first day of two-a-days. Camp will run for two weeks, Aug. 10-22 highlighted by a intra-squad scrimmage on Aug. 20. School begins on August 24th with the first regular-season match scheduled for Friday, August 28, against Portland State at the Northwest Challenge in Spokane, Wash.
“I am thrilled to see all 15 players here finally,” said coach Garus. “It has been a long summer with eager anticipation for what we can accomplish this season. I feel like this is the most talented group we have had here during my time at Boise State and I cannot wait to get started.”
The Broncos return a solid core from last year’s 18-12 team that tied for fourth in the Mountain West Conference at 11-7. Boise State returns all four of its 2014 MW postseason honorees: Sarah Baugh (Sr., setter), Maddy O’Donnell (Jr., middle blocker/outside hitter) and Sierra Nobley (So., outside hitter) were All-MW; Nobley was MW Freshman of the Year, while Kaitlyn Oliver (R-So., middle blocker) was the MW Newcomer of the Year.
In addition, Boise State returns five starters Baugh, O’Donnell, Oliver, Nobley, Maddi Osburn (defensive specialist/libero) and the primary libero Hannah Hubbard. Together the six are one of the strongest returning lineups in the always tough Mountain West Conference.
Also back are four players with plenty of experience as well, senior Katelyn Kinghorn (outside hitter), Laney Hayes (R-So., middle blocker), Jaymee-Lee Bulda (So., libero) and redshirt-senior Aly Duffin (middle blocker).
“We had alot of recognition last year having the Mountain West Newcomer of the Year, freshman of the year and three all-conference players,” said Garus. “That’s something that we just haven’t experienced in the past, so to have that level of talent and caliber of player back on this year’s team speaks highly of our program. I feel we should be a really good team this fall and hopefully compete for a Mountain West championship.”
Joining the 10 veterans are five newcomers which include one sophomore transfer and four true freshmen. The transfer is Meridian, Idaho, native Katie Elgan (Rocky Mountain HS) who will be a sophomore this fall after playing for Southern Utah as a freshman in 2014. The four freshmen include Phoebe Bell (Brisbane, Australia), Reece Carman (Walla Walla, Wash.), Mary Douglass (San Clemente, Calif.) and Sabryn Roberts (Torrance, Calif.). This could be the most talented recruiting class in coach Garus’ tenure at Boise State.
“We have five new players this year and all five have the ability to impact our lineup right away,” commented Garus. “We have one transfer and four true freshmen. A couple of the freshmen spent the summer here in Boise to get ready physically for the season. The group is very talented, they fit the needs that we have and I can’t wait to get them in the mix.”
This is the first time since the 2007 season that three Idahoans have been on the roster: Kinghorn (Rigby), Osburn (Nampa) and Elgan (Meridian).
It also includes the Broncos’ first Australian in Phoebe Bell. She is only the program’s fifth international player in history and the first non-Canadian international to play for Boise State.
Coach Garus and his staff are excited about this year’s roster and the potential the team has for the upcoming campaign. Learn more about each of the Broncos by checking out the players bios on BroncoSports.com.
Bronco Nation will have its first chance to see the 2015 team in action during the Bronco Scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 20, in Bronco Gym at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars, the first home match will be against in-state rival Idaho State on Thursday, Sept. 3, to open the Boise State Invitational (Sept. 3-5).