Boise State Heads to Ohio
Aug. 31, 2016

THIS WEEK FOR BRONCO VOLLEYBALL

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Friday, Sept. 1
Golden Flashes Classic
Kent, Ohio (Kent State)

Wright State vs. Boise State
Series: First Meeting
9 a.m. (Mountain)
Boise State at Kent State
Series: First Meeting
5:30 p.m. (Mountain)

Saturday, Sept. 2
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Cleveland State)

Boise State at Cleveland State
Series: First Meeting
2 p.m. (Mountain)

WHAT'S HAPPENING

This week Boise State (1-2) continues a stretch of three straight weeks on the road to open the season when the Broncos head to the state of Ohio to participate in two separate tournaments.

It begins on Friday at Kent, Ohio, when the blue and orange take on Wright State (0-3) at 9 a.m. (Mountain) and Kent State (2-1) at 5:30 p.m. (Mountain) in the Golden Flashes Classic. It wraps up when Boise State travels to Cleveland for a Saturday afternoon encounter at Cleveland State (2-1) as part of the CSU Invitational. It will be challenging for the Broncos with both Kent State, picked second in its MAC division, and Cleveland State, picked to win the Horizon League, expecting big years in 2016.

BRONCO QUICK HITS

  • Boise State is coming off a 1-2 weekend at the TCU Invitational last week defeating Northwestern State 3-0 before falling to NC State 3-1 and TCU 3-0.  
  • Sierra Nobley led the Broncos last week tallying 53.5 points on 48 kills, two service aces and seven block assists, also had two double-doubles ... that earned her all-tournament honors at the TCU Invitational.
  • Boise State has never met any of the three opponents it will face this weekend in Ohio.
  • The Broncos are 3-3 all-time against schools from the state of Ohio: Ohio State 0-3, Akron 1-0 and Bowling Green State 2-0.
  • Boise State’s match at Cleveland State will mark the first time in program history that it has played on a major national network.


ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Broncos open the season with three straight road tournaments.
  • If that was not hard enough, the first two trips will have the Broncos traveling approximately 6,100 miles ... last week they were in Fort Worth, Texas, at the TCU Invitational; this week they are in Ohio.
  • That makes next week’s 220 mile (440 total) trip across state to Pocatello for the Idaho State Invitational seem like a walk in the park.


QUICK LOOK AT WRIGHT STATE

  • Boise State (1-2) opens the Golden Flashes Classic Friday morning against the Wright State Raiders (Dayton, Ohio) out of the Horizon League.
  • The Broncos have never faced the Raiders before and are 2-0 all-time against the current membership of the Horizon League.
  • WSU who returns four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 15-16 overall and 4-12 in conference is picked to place eighth out of nine schools in the 2016 league race.


QUICK LOOK AT KENT STATE

  • The Broncos close out Friday’s Golden Flashes Classic versus the tournament host Kent State.
  • Boise State has never met KSU in volleyball prior to this year and are 8-0 all-time versus the Mid-American Conference.
  • Kent State returns four starters plus the libero and 11 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 20-10 overall and won the MAC’s East Division at 13-3 is picked to place second of the six schools in its league’s division during 2016.


QUICK LOOK AT CLEVELAND STATE

  • The blue and orange closes out the Ohio trip when it travels to Cleveland State on Saturday in the CSU Invitational. The Broncos will only play the Vikings at Cleveland before returning home.
  • Like Wright State, Cleveland State is also a member of the Horizon League. In addition, the two schools have never met before on the volleyball court.
  • Cleveland State was picked to repeat as HL champions after going 26-7 overall and 13-3 in conference to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Vikings return five starters and 11 letterwinners.


2016 BRONCO NOTABLES  


NOBLEY LOOKING FOR 1,000  

  • Boise State’s junior outside hitter Sierra Nobley needs seven kills to become the 14th member of the 1,000 career kills club.
  • She will be only the second Bronco ever to reach milestone as a junior.
  • She will set the school record for the fastest player to reach the mark, most likely at 64 matches on Friday versus Wright State ... Cameron Flunder (2003-06) currently leads at 76 matches, accomplished as a junior.
  • Nobley will be the 50th player all-time to reach 1,000 kills in MW history.


MW TOP 10 ATTACKS

  • Three current Mountain West players rank 4-5-6 on the league’s career attack percentage list, two are Broncos.
  • Boise State junior Kaitlyn Oliver is fourth at .381, while Bronco senior Maddy O’Donnell is fifth with a .367 attack percentage.
  • Oliver is Boise State’s current career leader.






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