Broncos Hit the Road for Northwestern's Wildcat Challenge
Taylor Murphey led the Broncos last week.

Sep 5, 2013

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Friday, Sept. 6:  Boise State vs. Belmont     9 a.m. (MT)

Friday, Sept. 6:  Boise State vs. Columbia    4 p.m. (MT)

Sunday, Sept. 8:   Boise State at Northwestern    10:30 a.m. (MT)


  • The second week of the season has Boise State traveling to the midwest to participate in the Wildcat Challenge at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.  
  • The Broncos will open the competition on Friday morning at 9 a.m. (Mountain Time) against Belmont University (1-3), then follow that with a second match on Friday against Columbia University (0-0) at 4 p.m. (MT). The tournament will conclude on Sunday when Boise State takes on the tournament host Northwestern (1-2) at 10:30 a.m. (MT).
  • These will be the final non-conference road matches for Boise State heading into the Broncos home tournament next weekend which will be followed by the 20-match Mountain West Conference schedule starting Sept. 18.



  • The Record: The Broncos opened the season last weekend in Portland, Ore., at the sixth annual Northwest Challenge where they went 1-2 overall.
  • This Week: The Broncos will look to get on track this weekend in Illinois where they will face two opponents for the first time ever in Belmont, out of the Ohio Valley Conference, and Columbia, of the Ivy League. The only team the blue and orange has played before will be the host squad in the Big Ten’s Northwestern Wildcats, meeting for the second time.


  • Recent Opponents: Boise State opened against No. 5 Washington at the Northwest Challenge falling in three, then rebounded to defeat Gonzaga 3-2, before falling to the tournament host and two-time defending Big Sky champion Portland State 3-0.

    Last Week’s Standouts

  1. Boise State was led by junior Taylor Murphey who recorded 35 kills for a 3.18 per set average while hitting 30.1 percent on the weekend, She also had six blocks.
  2. Redshirt-sophomore Katelyn Kinghorn and senior Sarah Horton each recorded 23 kills, while Kinghorn hit 23.4 percent from the floor.
  3. Junior Brittany Reardon had 16 kills and eight blocks, four by solo.
  4. Junior Aly Duffin finished with 13 kills and a team-high 13 blocks.


  • The Head Coach: Shawn Garus enters his fifth season in charge of the Broncos where he is 63-66 to go with a career record 178-186.  
  • League Affiliation: The Broncos are entering their third year as members of the newly expanded Mountain West Conference where they have tie for fifth-place in each of the two previous campaigns.
  • Preseason Poll: Boise State was selected to finish seventh out of 11 teams in the 2013 league race by the MW coaches in their preseason poll.
  • Winning Seasons:  The Broncos are looking to add to their streak of three-consecutive winning seasons in 2013. They went 17-15 in 2012, 16-15 in 2011 and 21-12 in 2010.
  • At Home: Boise State was hard to beat at home in 2012 going 10-3 in Bronco Gym, including an upset of MW co-champion San Diego State.
  • On the Road: The Broncos went 7-12 on the road last season including going 5-9 on the opponents home court and 2-3 on neutral floors.


Taylor Murphey

  • Leads Boise State in kills with 35 to average 3.18 per set while hitting 30.1 percent.
  • Recorded a career-high 20 kills in the five-set Bronco victory over Gonzaga on Aug. 31.

Sarah Horton

  • Transferred to Boise State this summer after earning All-Big Sky First Team recognition at Montana State in 2012 ... started all 29 matches for MSU and led the Big Sky in kills with 497 to average 4.21 kills per set.
  • Had 11 kills in the match against Gonzaga to go with 12 digs, both season highs, to record her first double-double as a Bronco.   

Katelyn Kinghorn

  • Tied for second on the team for kills with 23 for a 2.09 per set average while hitting 23.4 percent from the floor.
  • Recorded first career double-double in the Bronco victory over Gonzaga with 11 kills and 21 digs, both totals are career highs.

Brittany Reardon

  • Fourth on the team for kills with 16 while hitting 32.5 percent.
  • Hit 39.1 percent against Gonzaga with 11 kills and four blocks.
  • Second on team in blocks with eight, four are solos.

Aly Duffin

  • Had a career match against Gonzaga on Aug. 31 with several all-time highs: 10 kills, 60 percent hitting percentage, three digs and seven blocks.
  • Recorded six blocks in match at Portland State, the second straight contest with six or more blocks.

Casey Rose

  • Has a team high 68 assists on the year with a season high of 36 against Gonzaga on Aug. 31.
  • Recorded a double-double against Gonzaga with 36 assists and 10 digs.

Sarah Baugh

  • Second on the team in assists with 50, season high was 28 in Gonzaga match on Aug. 31.

Hannah Hubbard

  • Only freshman to start all three matches for the Broncos, plays at libero.
  • Has a team-high 51 digs with a career best 26 in the Gonzaga match on Aug. 31.



  • The four schools competing in the event are Belmont, Boise State, Columbia and Northwestern. It is a round robin format beginning on Friday, Sept. 6.
  • The Boise State-Northwestern contest was moved to Sunday to avoid going at the same time as the Northwestern home football game.
  • All of the matches will be played in Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena.
  • Live stats will be available for every match.


  • This is the first ever meeting between the two programs.
  • The Broncos are 3-0 all-time against the current membership of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC): 1-0 vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1-0 vs. Morehead State and 1-0 vs. Murray State.
  • The Bruins enter the contest at 1-3 overall with a win over Gardner-Webb (3-2) and losses to Memphis (3-2), Miami of Ohio (3-0) and most recently on Tuesday night at No. 16 Western Kentucky (3-1).
  • Belmont was picked to win the East Division of the OVC in 2013 after going 18-17 overall and 11-5 in league during 2012.
  • Belmont won the 2012 OVC Tournament and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Bruins return everyone from last year’s team, all six starters, libero and 14 players.


  • Boise State and Columbia have not met previously on the volleyball court.
  • The Broncos are 2-0 over the current membership of the Ivy League going 1-0 against both Dartmouth and Yale.
  • The Lions have not played yet with their season opener coming against Northwestern on Friday.
  • Columbia tied for second in the Ivy League last year going 9-5 in conference and 16-9 overall.
  • They return nine letterwinners from last year.


  • Boise State won the one previous meeting in the series in four sets over Northwestern on Sept. 11, 1999 in Boise.
  • Boise State is 3-7 all-time against the current membership of the Big Ten Conference.
  • The Wildcats are 1-2 heading into their first home matches of the season. They lost their first two last weekend to Western Michigan (3-2) and Oklahoma (3-1), then regrouped to down Milwaukee (3-2).
  • The Big Ten preseason poll includes only the top six teams in which Northwestern was not picked among that top group in 2013.
  • The Wildcats went 16-15 overall and 5-15 (t-9th) in league play last year.
  • Northwestern returns five starters plus the libero and nine letterwinners from last year’s team.

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