Volleyball Opens Season by Hosting Bronco Invitational

► What’s Happening - Boise State volleyball opens up it’s 2009 campaign on Friday with day one of the Bronco Invitational. Under the guidance of newly named head coach Shawn Garus, the Broncos will host the four-team tournament including Northern Arizona, University of Tulsa and Cal State Northridge. The round robin style tournament will consist of six matches, two on Friday, Aug. 28 and four on Saturday, Aug. 29. The Broncos begin play at 7 p.m. on Friday against Northern Arizona. They continue play on Saturday against Tulsa at 12 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. match against Cal State Northridge on Saturday evening.

► Tournament Schedule
        Fri., Aug. 28 - 5 p.m. - Cal State Northridge vs. Tulsa
        Fri., Aug. 28 - 7 p.m. - Boise State vs. Northern Arizona
        Sat., Aug. 29 - 10 a.m. - Northern Arizona vs. Cal State Northridge
        Sat., Aug. 29 - 12 p.m. - Boise State vs. Tulsa
        Sat., Aug. 29 - 5 p.m. - Northern Arizona vs. Tulsa
        Sat., Aug. 29 - 7 p.m. - Boise State vs. Cal State Northridge

► Meet and Greet/Autograph Session - To welcome fans to a new season of Boise State volleyball, the 2009 squad will host a meet and greet as well as an autograph session following the 7 p.m. match on Friday, Aug. 28. All fans are encouraged to join in and meet the 2009 Bronco Volleyball team.

Looking at Boise State...
► In General - The 2009-10 academic year is the 40th anniversary of women’s athletics at Boise State University as well as the volleyball program. The Broncos are entering their ninth season as members of the Western Athletic Conference where they have been picked to place eighth in this year’s preseason standings by the WAC head coaches.

► Boise State in Season Openers - Boise State is 17-15 all-time in recorded season opening matches with their most recent season opening win coming in 2007 against Texas San Antonio (3-0). In their 2008 season opener the Broncos fell 3-0 to Seattle University.

► Quick Look at the Broncos - Boise State features a well-balanced roster for 2009, including 15 student-athletes. The team is broken down to two seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and six freshmen. All six freshmen plus one sophomore are new to the roster, changing the chemistry from last season significantly.

► Boise State Returnees - The Broncos return eight from the 2009 season. Defensive specialists Jeanene Rose and Kati Lewis begin their final season as Broncos and look forward to being a part of the Shawn Garus era of Boise State volleyball. The Broncos return a talented junior class in Sadie Maughan, Lauren Hamm, Alisha Young and Emily Botts. Maughan was the only Bronco to be named to a 2008 WAC post-season honor list earning a second team nod. Hamm led the Broncos last season in digs and shared the leading mark in service aces with Young. Young, formerly Alisha King, was a strength at the net for the Broncos last season, finishing as one of the top blockers and second in kills on the team. Botts, who played as a defensive specialist made a pair of key plays in one of two wins against Louisiana Tech last season. Sophomores Elizabeth Griffin and Amanda Remy return as two key players as well. Griffin was a force on the outside last season and is the No. 3 returner in kills. Remy will be a solid foundation in the backcourt this season after playing in the defensive specialist position last season.

► The Newcomers - The Broncos welcome on sophomore and six freshmen to the 2009 roster. Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf, a transfer from Washington State, will make an immediate impact for the Broncos. Her qualities as a setter and hitter will make her useful in all rotations of the match. Freshmen Liz Harden and Cailin Fellows will look to make an impact at the outside hitter position while Laura Watt hopes to make a difference at the net as well in the middle. Kersti Whitney adds depth in the backrow as a defensive specialist while Kirsten Duren and Emily Compton look to make the setters group stronger.

► New Coaching Staff - Not only does the roster boast a handful of newcomers to Bronco volleyball, but the coaching staff is brand new as well. Head coach Shawn Garus took over the program on June 30, 2009 and filled his two assistant positions by August 10, 2009. Chris Rushing and Candy Murphy join Garus as the 2009 Boise State coaching staff.


An Overview: Boise State vs. Northern Arizona...
► The Series - Boise State and Northern Arizona have met 20 times in their series history. The Broncos have a 13-7 record over the Lumberjacks. In their most recent meeting the Broncos came away with a 3-0 victory in Flagstaff, Ariz.

► About NAU - The Lumberjacks return three starters from the 2008 season as well as three additional key returning letterwinners, one sophomore and one redshirt. Six freshmen join the squad who was 15-10 overall last season and finished 7th in the Big Sky.


An Overview: Boise State vs. Tulsa
► The Series - Boise State and Tulsa have only met five time in series history dating back to 2001. The Golden Hurricane hold a 4-1 record over the Broncos, however Boise State came away with the win in their most recent meeting. The Broncos earned a 3-2 win at home over Tulsa in 2004.

► About Tulsa -
The Golden Hurricane feature 12 on their 2009 roster, including six key returnees from last season. They add six incoming freshman mainly to the backrow and outside positions to round out their 2009 roster. Tulsa finished the 2008 season with a 22-11 record as well as a 5th place finish in the Conference USA standings.

 

An Overview: Boise State vs. Cal State Northridge
► The Series - Boise State and Cal State Northridge have squared off four times in their series history with Northridge leading with three wins. The Broncos won their very first meeting in 2001 and CSUN has won each meeting since then. The two teams faced off last season at the 2008 Bronco Invitational with the Matadors coming away with a 3-1 victory.

► About CSUN - The Matadors return six key players to the roster this season as well as two additional returnees. They also welcome four freshmen to the team and hope to improve on their 9-21 record from last season. CSUN finished in a tie for eighth last season in the Big West Conference standings.

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