Broncos to Host Northwest Challenge Sept. 3-4

► What's Happening - The Boise State volleyball team prepares for a busy week ahead as they host the Third Annual Northwest Challenge Tournament, Sept. 3-4. The tournament includes Gonzaga, Portland State and #9 Washington and will be held in Bronco Gym, will be a two-day, four-team tournament consisting of six matches. The Broncos also play host to Utah Valley University on Tues., Sept. 7 at 7 pm in Bronco Gym.

Tournament Schedule - The two-day, four-team, round-robin tournament will be held Sept. 3-4, including six matches overall.

Sept. 3
5 pm - Portland State vs. #9 Washington
7 pm - Boise State vs. Gonzaga

Sept. 4
11 am - Gonzaga vs. Portland State
1 pm - Boise State vs. Washington
5 pm - Washington vs. Gonzaga
7 pm - Boise State vs. Portland State

Internet Coverage - Live stats will be available for all six matches of the tournament by going to the 'Multimedia' tab under and clicking on 'Live Stats' or by going to A link will show up once the event is available. Video of the Broncos at the Northwest Challenge will be available on Bronco Vision, under the 'Multimedia' tab at Monthly subscriptions for audio and video are available for $9.59, while just audio for a month is $4.95. A yearly subscription is $69.95.  

A Look at Boise State:
● The Northwest Challenge Tournament:
The Northwest Challenge tournament is a four-team, four-year tournament between Boise State, Gonzaga, Portland State and Washington. Washington held the first year of the tournament, while Portland State held the second in 2009. Boise State plays host this season, while Gonzaga will host the final round in 2011.

About the Broncos: Boise State opened up their season with a 2-1 record at the Falcon Invitational last weekend (Aug. 27-28). The start is the best since the Broncos went 2-1 in 2007. The Broncos fell 3-1 to South Dakota State and won over Long Island (3-0) and Air Force (3-1). Seniors Sadie Maughan and Alisha Young were named to the all-tournament team, while Young led the team in all three matches in kills. Young leads the team overall in kills (42) while sophomore outside hitter Liz Harden leads the defense at the net with 10 total blocks this season. Junior libero Amanda Remy leads the team in service aces (5), as well as, digs (36) Breann Nesselhuf has tallied 125 set assists as the starting setter this season.

Boise State Head Coach: Shawn Garus enters his second season at Boise State. After this past weekend, he holds a 125-143 record.

Match 4 Preview - vs. Gonzaga:
● The Series:
This will be the 25th meeting in history between the two teams, with Boise State leading 14-10. Although the Broncos have the overall lead, Gonzaga has won the last three meetings, including a 3-0 win over Boise State in the Second Annual Northwest Challenge on Sept. 5, 2009.

About the Bulldogs: Gonzaga opened their 2010 season up last weekend with a tournament, including four matches. The Bulldogs went 2-2 in their matches winning over San Jose State (3-0) and Cal State Bakersfield (3-2), while falling to Drake (0-3) and North Dakota (2-3). They are currently led by sophomore outside hitter Terran Poindexter who has totaled 41 kills over four matches. Senior outside hitter Caitlin Cozad leads the team with 13 total blocks, while Allyson Powell has tallied 81 digs. Freshman libero/outside hitter Kristina Lavrisha and junior setter Deni Van de Mortel each have three service aces on the season, while Van de Mortel has 137 assists.

Gonzaga Head Coach: Dave Gantt enters his second season at Gonzaga and now holds a 12-20 record, including this season's matches.

► Match 5 Preview - vs. Washington:
The Series: This will be the 12th meeting in history between the two teams, with Washington leading 5-6, winning the last six matches. Washington earned a 3-0 win over Boise State in the Second Annual Northwest Challenge on Sept. 4, 2009.

About the Huskies: Washington enters the weekend as the only ranked team in the tournament, sitting at No. 8 with a 2-0 record. The Huskies opened their season with a pair of wins over Mercer (3-0) and Eastern Washington (3-0) last weekend. They are led by Kindra Carlson with 22 kills on the season, Becky Perry with seven total blocks and five service aces and Jenna Orlandini with 13 digs. Setter Jenna Hagglund has run the offense with her 65 set assists in two matches.

Close Ties: Boise State freshman setter Casey Rose and Washington freshman outside hitter Gabbi Parker both hail from Eugene, Oregon's Sheldon High School.  

Washington Head Coach: Jim McLaughlin enters his tenth season at Washington and holds a 305-103 overall record at UW.

► Match 6 Preview - vs. Portland State:  
The Series: This will be the 17th meeting in history between the two teams, with Portland State leading 2-15, including the last three match-ups, Portland State earned a 3-0 win over Boise State in the Second Annual Northwest Challenge on Sept. 5, 2009.

About the Vikings: Portland State opened up their 2010 season in Seattle with a 2-0 record, picking up two wins over Mercer (3-0) and Seattle University (3-1) last weekend. The Vikings are led by senior outside hitter Whitney Phillips in kills (51), digs (23) and services aces (4) so far this season. Senior middle blocker/outside hitter Christie Hamilton leads the team with eight total blocks, while freshman setter Garyn Schlatter leads the team with 53 set assists.

Close Ties: Boise State sophomore defensive specialist Jen Visser and Portland State's senior outside hitter Whitney Phillips were both members of the 2008 New Mexico State roster.  

Portland State Head Coach: Michael Seemann is in his fourth year at Portland State and holds a 70-25 record with the Vikings.

► Match 7 Preview - vs. Utah Valley:  
The Series: This will be the first of two matches between the teams this season and will mark the eighth meeting in history. Utah Valley holds a 6-1 all-time series lead over Boise State, including a two-match win streak. In their most recent meeting (Oct. 5, 2009) the Wolverines swept the Broncos 3-0.

About the Wolverines: Utah Valley opened their 2010 season with a 0-3 record at a tournament hosted by the University of Missouri. The Wolverines fell to Nevada (3-1), Maryland (3-0) and Missouri (3-0) last weekend. The team is led by senior outside hitter Kaylie Doxey in kills (37), freshman setter Brookelyn Campbell in assists (74) and junior rightside/middle blocker Sarah Clement in blocks (two). Sophomore middle blocker Erica Nish and senior libero Kathleen Steven lead the team with three service aces apiece, while Stevens also leads in digs (30).

Utah Valley Head Coach: Sam Atoa is in his 12th season with the Wolverines and holds a 251-118 record, including his 2010 season matches.

Bronco  Extras
Match Club - Boise State volleyball has created a new way for fans to support the Bronco volleyball program. Check out the "Match Club" button on the volleyball page of the website for more details.

All-Tournament Team Members - Alisha Young and Sadie Maughan were named to the 2010 Falcon Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Record Watch - A handful of Broncos are moving up or nearing the Boise State top-10 record books in their respective categories. Here is a listing of those athletes:
Total Career Points - Sadie Maughan remains at #3 (850.5 points), Alisha Young moves up to #4 (796.5)
Hitting Percentage in a Match - Sadie Maughan took over the #7 spot this past weekend (.692, 9-0-13)
Total Career Blocks - Sadie Maughan remains at #10 (298), needs 14 to move up.
Total Career Assists - Breann Nesselhuf nears the top-10 with 1069 assists (#10 currently is 1130)
Total Career Digs - Lauren Hamm remains at #8 (1058), but nears #7 (1160).

WAC Coaches Poll - Boise State was picked to finish fifth in the 2010 WAC Preseason Coaches' Poll in August, earning 35 points. Hawaii was picked to win its 15th-straight WAC title (64 points, 8 first place votes), New Mexico State was picked second (57 pts., one first place vote), Fresno State was picked third (44 pts.) and Utah State was picked fourth (38 pts.) to finish ahead of the Broncos. Rounding out the conference was Idaho in sixth (32 pts.), Nevada in seventh (30 pts.), Louisiana Tech in eighth (30 pts.) and San Jose State in ninth (9 pts.).

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