Broncos Open at Sun Devil Classic
Aug. 23, 2017
SUN DEVIL CLASSIC
WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Boise State opens the season on the road at the Sun Devil Classic this Friday and Saturday (Aug. 25-26) where the Broncos will face North Dakota State, Weber State and their host Arizona State. All contests will be played at Wells Fargo Arena on the ASU campus.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE MATCH
(Aug. 25) The Broncos open the season on Friday at 3 p.m. (Mountain) against the North Dakota State Bison. Boise State is 1-0 all-time versus NDSU which place third last year in the Summit League race. NDSU returns three starters, the libero and seven letterwinners. The Bison are picked to place tied for fifth out of eight in this year’s conference race.
WEBER STATE MATCH
(Aug. 26) Boise State is meeting former Big Sky Conference rival Weber State for the 45th time in series history with the Broncos leading the Wildcats 28-16. The first encounter since 2011 is scheduled for 11 a.m. (MT) start on Saturday. Weber State went 14-13 last year and finished ninth of 12 in the Big Sky. They return three starters and six letterwinners in 2017. WSU was picked to place 10th of 12 during the conference race.
TIME CHANGE FOR WEBER STATE
The contest with Weber State has been bumped from 10:30 a.m. (Mountain) to 11 a.m.
ARIZONA STATE MATCH
(Aug. 26) The Blue and Orange closes out the Sun Devil Classic against its host Arizona State at 6 p.m. (MT) on Saturday. Boise State defeated ASU 3-1 in Boise last year to even the series at 1-1. The Sun Devils went 12-20 overall and 5-15 in league during 2016. They have a new coach and return three starters, the libero and eight letterwinners while being picked to place 12th in the 2017 Pac-12 race.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE BRONCOS
In addition to the regular Boise State social media outlets, live stats for all three contests and a live video stream for the ASU match only will be available for the Sun Devil Classic on the Arizona State website: thesundevils.com.
BRONCOS IN SEASON OPENERS
Record: Boise State is 19-19 in season openers since the 1979 campaign.
Current Streak: The Broncos have won two straight openers.
Last Victory: Last year Boise State opened with a 3-0 victory over Northwestern State (La.) at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.
Garus Era: Broncos are 2-6 under head coach Shawn Garus in openers.
At Home: 9-5 all-time when opening at home.
On Road: 10-14 all-time when opening on the road.
Boise State senior Sierra Nobley will be heading home when the Broncos open the season at the Sun Devil Classic. Nobley grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., and will have plenty of support when Boise State plays this weekend.
LOPEZ VS LOPEZ
When Boise State meets North Dakota State in the season opener there will also be a little side battle between the Lopez sisters. NDSU’s interim head coach Jennifer Lopez is the sister to the Broncos’ strength coach Kelly Lopez, who is a NDSU alum herself.
NOBLEY EYES SCHOOL KILLS RECORD
Sierra Nobley is staring down the Boise State school record for career kills of 1,510 currently held by Cameron Flunder (2003-06). Nobley enters the year 43 short of tying the record with 1,467.
AVCA COACHES POLL
Boise State received votes in the AVCA Preseason Poll collecting a total of 21 points.
AVCA RANKED OPPONENTS
Boise State will face three teams ranked in the AVCA Preseason Poll: No. 4 Minnesota (Sept. 15), No. 10 BYU (Aug. 31) and No. 19 Missouri (Sept. 2), all at Bronco Gym in Boise.
THE MW IN AVCA POLL
The Broncos are one of two Mountain West Conference teams getting votes in the preseason poll along with Colorado State who received 55 points.
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