With the nine returnees, the team chemistry will be strong among the players as well as the coaches. With six starting positions to fill,
“I am very comfortable with how our spring season went,” said
In addition to the well-rounded returning group,
“Our job as coaches is to now blend the group of nine returnees and six freshmen to achieve the perfect team chemistry and develop our strongest possible lineup,” said
The Broncos possess a senior class made up of three successful athletes who are motivating leaders looking to guide their team to a successful 2008 season. Mandy Klein and Jeanette Jenkins return for their fourth year as Broncos while Maren Ericson enters her second season with the team.
A tough competitor, Klein will be looked upon as a major leader this season returning after two seasons as starting setter. Throughout her years at
“Mandy always comes to play,” said
Three-year starter Jenkins enters her final season after a solid spring season. A starter since she first entered the program, Jenkins will be an important piece to the team chemistry having the most collegiate playing experience.
“Jeanette worked really hard during the off-season and had the best spring season out of all nine returners,” explained
Ericson has a slightly different story. She enters her second season with the Broncos and her fourth season as a collegiate volleyball player. Playing as an outside hitter last season, Ericson will again fight for a starting position on the left side, but may also look to be a contender as a right-side hitter.
“In Maren’s first spring at Boise State she got to play a lot at the outside position, but shined as an attacker on the right side in the small amount of time that she played that position,” explained Davis. “During a
The Broncos’ junior class features two returners, Jeanene Rose and Katie Lewis, both of whom will play roles in the backcourt this season.
Rose has fought back and is healed after multiple injuries from her sophomore season. Hoping to reclaim her starting spot as defensive specialist now that she is healthy, Rose will be important to the team’s improvements this season.
“Jeanene’s injuries slowed her down last season, but she’s always there to compete and achieve,”
Lewis enters the season with a new role after playing the past two seasons as a backup setter. During the off-season, Lewis worked on her backcourt skills and will look to be a contributor as a defensive specialist this season.
“Kati and we (as coaches) felt that the best position for her would be in the back row,” said
The Broncos welcome back four sophomores this season, including Lauren Hamm, Emily Botts, Alisha King and Sadie Maughan.
“Lauren’s freshman year of starting at the important libero position is really going to pay off for her and the team going into her sophomore year,” explained
Botts enters the season after seeing action in only three games in the 2007 season. Her improvements over the off-season will make her a competitor in the outside hitter, right-side hitter and defensive specialist positions.
“Emily had the perfect spring for her coming off her freshman fall season,”
King will return to the outside hitter position after a successful freshman campaign. During the spring season, King became a more consistent and powerful player.
“Alisha made big improvements and started for us most of the spring season,”
Maughan enters her second year with the Broncos hoping to see more action that in her inaugural season. After being sidelined most of the 2007 season, she has worked hard to become healthy during the off-season.
“Sadie getting healthy is the most important thing for her and the team,” said
The Broncos welcome six freshmen to their 2008 roster. All six bring a strong talent to the squad and will add much needed depth in some positions. The Bronco freshman class will look to immediately compete for starting positions this fall.
Eliza Pledger joins the Broncos from
“Eliza is very physical,” said
A 5-foot, 8-inch setter from
“Alexandra was a highly recruited setter who has numerous MVP awards from region and area high school teams as well as club teams,” said
Lydia Blaha joins the Broncos after competing for The Classical Academy in
Another 6-foot middle blocker, Kaycee Gow of
“Kaycee can play middle blocker and right side because she is a pure, fast athlete who has had excellent club training,”
Adding to the Broncos’ backcourt, Amanda Remy will fight for the libero or defensive specialist spots. The 5-foot, 9-inch freshman was the top outside hitter at St. Lucy’s High (
“As good as an outside hitter that Amanda was, she is committed to playing back row at