The 2006 Boise State volleyball team enjoyed the end of two-a-days with the Varsity-Alumni get-together and match. Three-and-a-half decades of volleyball players gathered to remember and celebrate the past and prepare for the future. Fun was definitely had by all as Bronco head coach Robin Davis and assistants Kelle Bond and Doug English welcomed the veterans to introduce themselves to the squad of 2006.
2006 is a season of hope, transition and renewal for the Boise State volleyball program. Nine returning athletes, three enthusiastic coaches and six newcomers are bringing excitement and anticipation to Bronco Gym.
The Boise State volleyball team went 17-12 in 2004 and 8-18 in 2005. While the group was disappointed in the team’s final 2005 record, the squad was encouraged by strong play in the final couple of weeks including a nice home victory over Fresno State and a strong win over Louisiana Tech in the opening match of the conference tournament. The team graduated just two seniors (Kim Fenneman and Telia Peterson) from last fall’s squad.
The Broncos return several players who saw playing and starting time in 2005 and the team’s libero. Included in those positions are senior middle blocker Cameron Flunder, an all-conference first-team selection in 2005 and a WAC preason honoree in 2006, senior libero Jackie Stroud, sophomore setter Mandy Klein, and sophomore middle blocker Robyn Hewitt. The team also returns starters in junior Jamie Claussen (junior outside hitter) and sophomore Jeanette Jenkins (sophomore outside hitter).
Flunder lead the team in 2005, playing in all 92 of the team’s games and averaging 3.89 kills, 0.36 aces and0.95 blocks per game.
Jenkins, even though a true freshman in 2005, closely following Flunder in the statistics column with 2.86 kills and 1.11 digs per game.
Another true freshman in 2005, Klein averaged 1.07 kills, 8.61 assists and 1.32 digs per game.
Stroud averaged 3.92 digs per game in 2005 while Claussen averaged 2.49 digs.
Also returning for the Broncos are junior Tiffany Starring (middle blocker) and sophomore Andrea Kelley (defensive specialist). Both players saw significant playing time in 2005, sometimes in back-up roles and sometimes in starting roles.
The Broncos averaged 14.07 kills, 12.87 assists, 1.45 service aces, 15.08 digs, and 2.44 blocks per game in 2005.
The Broncos have five freshmen and a one transfer to join the Broncos in 2006. The freshmen are Elise Ardron (6-2 middle blocker) from Langley, British Columbia; Katie Lewis (5-8 setter) from Houston, Texas; Jeanene Rose (5-8 defensive specialist); Arlee Tamietti (6-0 hitter) from Sahuarita, Ariz.; and Kim Van Lith (5-11 middle blocker) from Eagle, Idaho. The transfer is Kristen Voyson (6-2 sophomore hitter) from Long Beach State and now naming Boise, Idaho, home as her family has just recently moved into the Treasure Valley.
Welcoming New Coaches ...
Boise State also welcomed head coach Robin Davis to take the helm of the program in April. Davis, a former assistant at Notre Dame for the past five years, also served as the head coach at a very successful Biola program in southern California for 10 years. While at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish were ranked in the top 25 each of his five years and made it to the round of 16 in 2005. In his 10 seasons at Biola University, Davis tallied a record of 224-80 and led the team to the NAIA national semifinals twice.
Coach Davis brought in two trusted assistants with ties to the west Kelle Bond, who played for Davis at Biola at the middle blocker position and earned NAIA All-American honors in 1997; and Doug English, an All-American libero at Cal State-Northridge who just completed a one-year coaching stint at Fordham in New York.