The Boise State volleyball team opens its 2006 season in Texas at TCU this coming weekend. The Broncos play in the TCU Tournament Aug. 25-26. Boise State will play South Carolina, Loyola-Maryland and TCU. The Broncos will then return home to host their first match on Wednesday, Aug. 30 vs. Idaho State.
Boise State 2006 Volleyball: This Week's Schedule ...
Aug. 25-26 at TCU Tournament
Aug. 25 vs. South Carolina, 2:30 p.m. CT
Aug. 26, vs. Loyola Maryland, 2:30 p.m. CT
Aug. 26, at TCU, 7:30 p.m. CT
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.
2006 Pre-Season All-WAC Team ...
Cameron Flunder, a sennior middle blocker on the Bronco volleyball team, was named to the preseason all-WAC volleyball squad. Flunder was a first-team All-WAC selection in 2005 and 2004 and a second-team member in 2003 as a freshman. She was also named to the 2005 WAC All-Tournament Team. She averaged 3.89 kills, 0.95 digs and 0.95 blocks per game last year. The poll was voted on by the nine league coaches.
2006 Pre-Season WAC Coaches’ Poll ...
In a preseason vote of the Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches, 10-time defending conference champion Hawaii was picked to win the 2006 conference volleyball title. Boise State, who finished 8-18 in 2005 and 3-13 last year in the WAC, was picked seventh. The 2006 Broncos, under first year head coach Robin Davis, return nine players (eight of which started at in 2005). The Broncos begin two-a-day practice on August 9.
Hawaii received eight of the nine coaches first place votes and received 64 points in the voting process. New Mexico State was picked second with one first place vote and 57 points. Nevada was selected to finish third with 48. Idaho was picked fourth (43). San Jose followed in fifth with 34. Fresno State was sixth with 26. Boise State tallied 22 points in the voting process. Utah State was selected eighth with 20 points. Lousiana Tech was ninth with 10.