Broncos Travel to Spokane for Gonzaga Tournament

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State University volleyball team looks to continue their outstanding play as they travel to Spokane, Wash., for the Gonzaga Tournament, Aug. 31 Sept. 1 at the Martin Centre.

“I really love our schedule for this weekend,” Bronco head coach Robin Davis said. “The teams involved we’ll face will be a good test for us and we hope to play better this weekend than we did last, which will be challenge since we played so well.”

The Broncos will face-off against Morgan State, No. 8 Washington and Gonzaga in the round-robin tournament. Their first game is scheduled for Friday against Morgan State at 5 p.m. A complete tournament schedule is listed below.

Admission Admission to the tournament is $5 per day.

Gonzaga Tournament Schedule
Friday - August 31
Boise State vs. Morgan State 5:00 p.m.
No. 8 Washington at Gonzaga 7:00 p.m.

Saturday September 1
No. 8 Washington vs. Boise State 11:00 a.m.
Morgan State at Gonzaga 1:00 p.m.
No. 8 Washington vs. Morgan State 5:00 p.m.
Boise State at Gonzaga 7:00 p.m.

Sizing Up the Competition Morgan State, who has been picked to finish second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s preseason poll, opens their season Friday against Boise State. This is the first meeting between the Bears and Broncos ... No. 8 Washington enters the tournament with a 3-0 record after winning the Husky Classic, posting 3-0 sweeps over the University of San Francisco, Fresno State and Cal State Northridge. This marks the ninth meeting between the Huskies and Broncos ... Gonzaga is off to their best start in nearly 10 years after closing out their opening weekend at the Ruby’s Montana Tournament with a 2-1 record. The Broncos hold a 12-6 advantage over the Bulldogs and have won the last three meetings.

Head Coach Robin Davis on the Broncos’ Opponents...
On Morgan State...
“Morgan State is an unknown since they didn’t play last week, but I think it will be a good test. They’re a good team with. They finished second in their Conference last year and they’re picked to finish second this year, so I think this will be a good start for us at the tournament and a good test. ”

On Washington...
“We’ve looked at them on tape and they’re a good team. With them being in the Final Four the last two years, they are obviously a good team that is coached well. They are always good early in the season, so it will be tough.”

On Gonzaga...
“Being chosen as their feature match is a great, smart choice. It will be a good match and is a must win for their program, but we hope to hold them lightly and take control early. ”

Last Week at the Bronco Invitational...

 Against UTSA The Boise State volleyball team picked up its first win of the 2007 season with a three-game sweep over UTSA (30-19, 30-12, 30-26) ... Jamie Claussen began her senior campaign with a double-double, recording 12 digs and a team-high 12 kills ... freshman middle blocker Sadie Maughan hit .400 (8-0-20) ... sophomore right-side hitter Arlee Tamietti posted 10 kills en route to a hitting-percentage of .318 ... freshman libero Lauren Hamm led the team with 17 digs.

 Against CSU-Fullerton The Broncos recorded their second consecutive sweep at Bronco Gym, defeating CSU-Fullerton in three games (30-25, 31-29, 30-28) ... Boise State out-hit CSU-Fullerton .255 (55-20-137) to .163 (49-27-135) ... junior Robyn Hewitt posted a hitting-percentage of .462 (7-1-13) ... senior outside hitter Jamie Claussen notched 12 kills and 13 digs for her second double-double of the season ... For the second straight match, the Broncos outblocked their opponent, 9.0 to 7.0.

 Against No. 24 Santa Clara The Boise State volleyball team stayed on pace with the Broncos of Santa Clara, dropping the three games by scores of 27-30, 26-30 and 24-30 ... Arlee Tamietti led Boise State with 10 kills, hitting .348 (10-2-23) ... junior setter Mandy Klein posted a team-high 12 digs and 31 assists, while freshman libero Lauren Hamm posted 10 of her own.

Stellar Start - The back-to-back three-game sweep over CSU-Fullerton and UTSA marked the first time since 2000 that Boise State had swept its first two matches of the season.

Double Take - Senior Jamie Claussen began her senior campaign with a double-double, recording 12 digs and a team-high 12 kills against UTSA ... the outside hitter followed up that performance with 12 kills and 13 digs against CSU-Fullerton for her second double-double of the season ... Claussen led the Broncos with nine double-doubles in 2006.

Klein Climbs Charts - Junior setter Mandy Klein, who ranks seventh on the Broncos’ career list in assists, posted 116 over the weekend at the Bronco Invitational ... Klein now has 1,855 assists on her career, and with 7 more, she will take sole possession of sixth place.

Simply Flawless - Freshman middle blocker Sadie Maughan, hit .400 (8-0-20) against UTSA in her inaugural Bronco match, posting the Broncos’ fifth-most attempts without an error since 1993.

Tournament Team Players Senior Jamie Claussen and sophomore Arlee Tamietti were both named to the Bronco Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Claussen averaged 3.67 kills and 3.22 digs per game ... Tamietti averaged 3.44 kills and 1.11 digs per game during the three-match round-robin tournament.

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