The Broncos (1-2) are home this weekend for the Boise State Invitational, their lone home matches of the September.
Boise State is hosting Idaho State (1-2), A&M-Corpus Christi (3-0) and Northwestern (3-0) in the round-robin tournament at Bronco Gym.
The Broncos will open the tournament Thursday night against instate-rival and Big Sky Conference favorite Idaho State at 7 p.m.
The Blue and Orange will face A&M-Corpus Christi from the Southland Conference at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by an encounter with the Big Ten’s Northwestern Wildcats at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Thursday: Blue Out Bronco Gym, everyone is encouraged to wear blue to the match. It is also Family Night, a family of four will get in for $15 with each additional child getting in for $3.
Friday: Free admission all day.
Saturday: Orange Out Bronco Gym, everyone is encouraged to wear orange to the match.
THE OPPOSITION Idaho State (2-2, 0-0 Big Sky)
The Bengals enter the weekend 2-2 with a victory over CSU Northridge (W 3-0) and a pair of 1-3 defeats to No. 23 Utah and Lipscomb, all at the Utah Classic ... on Tuesday they defeated Utah Valley 3-0 in Pocatello.
Idaho State is the preseason favorite to win the 2015 Big Sky championship after going 23-9 and 15-1 last season.
The Bengals return two first-team All-Big Sky performers in Tressa Lyman and Makenzie Filer. Lyman was also named the Big Sky Most Valuable Player for the 2014 season.
Lyman leads the team after four matches with 57 kills (4.07 kps), while Makenzie Filer adds 45 kills (3.21 kps).
The series has been tight for a while with Idaho State clinging to a 32-31 advantage.
The two last met on Oct. 5, 2010 in Boise when the Broncos defeated the Bengals 3-1.
A&M-Corpus Christi (3-0, 0-0 Southland)
The Islanders are a traditional power in the Southland Conference where they are picked second out 13 teams in 2015.
TAMU-CC enters the week undefeated at 3-0 with a sweep at the Maverick Classic in Arlington, Texas, defeating Grambling and Campbell by 3-0 scores, and UT Arlington 3-1.
The Islanders return 10 letterwinners and five starters from last year’s squad that went 19-16 overall and 11-5 in conference.
Madeleine Doud leads the Islanders with 24 kills (2.18 kps) and 11 blocks (1.0 bps), followed by Kelsee Felux with 21 kills (2.63 kps).
Boise State leads the all-time series 2-0, including a 3-0 victory at A&M-Corpus Christi last year during the Islander Classic.
Northwestern (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Northwestern comes to Boise with a 3-0 mark after winning the Rambler Challenge in Chicago last weekend ... they won all three matches by shutout defeating Wake Forest, New Hampshire and Loyola Chicago.
The Wildcats are picked to place 10th out of 14 teams in the 2015 Big Ten race.
They return 12 letterwinners and four starters, plus the libero, from last season.
Symone Abbott leads Northwestern with 37 kills (4.11 kps), followed by Sofia Lavin at 30 kills (3.33 kps).
The all-time series is tied 1-1 with the home team winning each time ... Boise State won 3-1 in 1999, while Northwestern won 3-0 in 2013.
LAST WEEK FOR BOISE STATE Northwest Challenge
Boise State opened the season 1-2 at the eighth annual Northwest Challenge in Spokane, Wash.
The Broncos opened with a 3-0 win over Portland State ... Sierra Nobley led the team with 15 kills and 3 blocks.
The second match was versus 10th-ranked Washington with the Broncos falling 3-0 ... Sierra Nobley recorded a team-high 18 kills with one block.
The third contest was a 3-1 defeated at the hands of host Gonzaga ... the Broncos had their chances but could not capitalize on their opportunities ... once again Sierra Nobley led the team with 25 kills.
Sierra Nobley recorded a conference-high 58 kills on the weekend to average 5.8 kills per set (1st MW) to earn Northwest Challenge All-Tournament honors.
Senior setter Sarah Baugh opened her campaign with three consecutive double-doubles: Portland State (10 kills, 29 assists), Washington (31 assists, 11 digs), Gonzaga (45 assists, 11 digs).
Garus currently sits at 210-214 overall in his 15-year career as a collegiate head coach.
Garus is currently 95-94 at Boise State entering his seventh season.
2015 Preseason All-Mountain West
Sierra Nobley (Sophomore, Outside Hitter) was one of seven student-athletes named by the league coaches to the 2015 MW Preseason All-Conference Team.
2015 Mountain West Preseason Poll
Boise State was picked by the league’s 11 head coaches to tie UNLV for second-place in 2015.
Second-place is the highest preseason ranking for the Broncos dating back to the 1998 Big West Conference preseason poll, which is oldest poll found in our records.
WHAT’S BACK IN 2015 Postseason Honors
Four Broncos collected five MW postseason honors last year three All-MW, Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year ... all four are back in 2015 ... one earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-Region honors.
Aly Duffin (R-Sr., MB) also returns after redshirting in 2014.
The Broncos return 75.5 percent (1,148) of its kills, 95.5 percent (1,354) of the assists, 80.1 percent (1,148) of the digs, 61.2 percent (145) of blocks and 76.5 percent 1,449.5) of the points from 2014.