Volleyball Opens Preseason Camp
Aug. 10, 2016

Boise State's volleyball team has started its 2016 preseason training camp with 14 players reporting on Tuesday for the first day of practice.  The team is practicing in Bronco Gym which went through some renovations this summer with a new floor and overall new look inside the arena. The team will practice twice a day over the next two weeks leading up to the start of school on Monday, Aug. 22.

Fans will get there first chance to see the team in action next Thursday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m. when the Broncos will host their annual intra-squad scrimmage in Bronco Gym. The public is welcome and admission is free. The season begins in earnest Aug. 27-28 when Boise State travels to Fort Worth, Texas, to participate in the TCU Invitational against Northwestern State (La.), North Carolina State ans TCU.  

Among the 14 players who reported to camp this week are seven returners and seven newcomers. Veterans back include four All-Mountain West honorees and one AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, four starters, the libero and two additional letterwinners from last year's outstanding season. The Broncos return the bulk of a team that went 23-7 overall and 15-3 in Mountain West play finishing second in the league while tying the school record for conference wins in a season. For a complete review of the 2016 Broncos please checkout the team ROSTER on BroncoSports.com

The Veterans:

No. 19  Maddy O'Donnell
O'Donnell is the lone senior on the 2016 roster. She is a two-year starter at middle blocker and a two-time All-MW honoree. O'Donnell battled through injuries as a junior but still managed to earn postseason honors. She finished ranked fifth in MW and 80th nationally for hitting percentage at .350, sixth in league for blocks average (0.96), third in service aces (26) and eighth in points per set (3.26).

No. 4 Kaitlyn Oliver
The redshirt-junior was the 2014 MW Newcomer of the Year and a 2015 All-MW honoree. The 6-foot-4 middle blocker was twice named the MW Offensive Player of the Week last season and finished the year hitting a school record 40.1 percent to rank first in MW and 23rd nationally.

No. 15 Sierra Nobley
Nobley has been dominating since she arrived on campus setting the Mountain West kills record for a freshman in 2014 and followed with the sophomore record last year. The 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter was the 2014 MW Freshman of the Year, is a two-time All-MW honoree and was named an AVCA All-Region First Team honoree and honorable Mention All-American as a sophomore in 2015. Last year Nobley led the Mountain West in kills (513), kills per set (4.75) and points (572.5). Her national rankings included sixth in kills per set, eighth in points per set (5.3), 19th in total kills and 22nd in total points.

No. 17  Maddi Osburn
The Nampa, Idaho, native enters her second full season as the primary libero for Boise State. Osburn is coming off an outstanding sophomore campaign where she earned All-Mountain West honors after leading the Broncos' defensive efforts with a team-high 493 digs, third most in program history. She ranked fourth in the MW for total digs and digs per set (4.55). On the national stage Osburn ranked 87th in digs per set and 111th in total digs.

No. 1 Sabryn Roberts
Roberts returns for her sophomore campaign after playing a major role in last year's success starting at outside hitter in 15 of 29 matches played as a freshman. She recorded 244 kills (2.52 kps) while hitting 22 percent. The 5-foot-9 Torrance, Calif., native also tallied 53 blocks on the year, fourth on the team.

No. 6  Laney Hayes
The redshirt-junior from Bend, Ore., returns for her third season in the blue and orange after playing at middle blocker in 14 matches to date.

No. 12 Jaymee-Lee Bulda
Bulda enters her junior season looking to move into the full-time setter position vacated by standout Sarah Baugh who graduated. Bulda  saw limited action the first two years but has played in 29 matches to date.

Joining the seven returners are seven newcomers made up of a combination of transfers and true freshmen. All seven bring solid potential to the Boise State program and a few could step into key roles during their first year on campus.

The Newcomers:

No. 5  Emily Sullivan
Sullivan transferred to Boise State from Carroll College (Mont.) during winter break last year and played for the Bronco beach volleyball team last spring. The 6-foot outside hitter was the Frontier Conference and AVCA Northwest Region Freshman of the Year in 2014 at Carroll. Sullivan started in 20 of the 30 matches she played in, recording 255 kills, 13 assists, 20 service aces, 170 digs, 26.5 blocks and 297 points.

No. 16  Celine Christensen
Christensen is also a transfer joining the Broncos this summer from Snow College in Utah where she started in 27 matches as a true freshman in 2014. Last year the 6-foot-4 middle blocker recorded 94 kills, 17 service aces, 26 digs and 47 blocks ─ 26 were solos ─ for a total of 147.5 points.

The five true freshmen include the Simon twins, Cassedi and Maddie (West Liberty, Iowa), Janell Walley (Yucaipa, Calif.), Jensen Allen (Brea, Calif.) and Kenna Hanses (Renton, Wash.). All five are talented athletes and were highly decorated during their prep careers, each add depth and will push the returners for playing time.

Freshmen Class:
No. 14  Jensen Allen | 5-10 | Outside Hitter
No. 10 Kenna Hanses | 6-0 | Outside Hitter
No. 13 Cassedi Simon | 5-9 | Setter
No. 8  Maddie Simon | 5-4 | Defensive Specialist/Libero
No. 11  Janell Walley | 5-11 | Outside Hitter

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