The Bronco volleyball team (3-4) travels to Arizona for the team's final road preseason tournament of 2006. Boise State played in the NAU Fiesta Bowl Classic along with host Northern Arizona and Florida International and and Texas A&M (Corpus Christi) - also known as TAMUCC.
Boise State will play Florida International first on Friday, Sept 8 at 5 p.m. The Broncos then play two matches Saturday, Sept. 9 - versus Northern Arizona at Noon and versus TAMUCC at 5 p.m.
Florida International is 4-2 overall in 2006. Last week FIU defeated Oral Roberts (3-2) and Xavier (3-1) and lost to California (0-3).
Florida International is led by Yarimar Rosa who averaged 5.95 kills and 2.9 digs per game and Keila Oliveira who averages 12.52 assists.
Northern Arizona is an old rival of the Broncos, dated back to the Big Sky era. Also, Bronco head coach Robin Davis served as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona 1999-00. Northern Arizona is 3-3 overall and last week lost to Denver (1-3) and Bowling Green State (0-3) and defeated UC Riverside (3-2).
Norhtern Arizona is led by Kim Babcock (3.48 kills and 2.09 digs) and Kelly Verboom (11.96 assists).
The Broncos' final opponent this coming weekend is TAMUCC. The team is 1-6 so far in 2006 with losses last weekend to VCU (0-3), BYU (0-3) and No. 4 Stanford (0-3).
TAMUCC is led by Christie Feliz (3.00 kills and 0.45 aces) and Paula Aranjo (8.82 assists).
Bronco Leaders and Stats in 2006:
The Boise State team averages 13.55 kills, 12.27 assists, 2.41 aces, 17.59 digs and 2.02 blocks. Boise State's opponents are averaging 14.36 kills, 13.14 assists, 1.73 aces, 17.17 digs and 2.41 blocks.
After a week of play, Cameron Flunder averages 3.0 kills and 0.75 blocks; Jeanette Jenkins is at 3.18 kills; and Kristen Voyson averages 3.0. Mandy Klein averages 10.14 assists per game. Elise Ardron averages 0.80 blocks. Jackie Stroud averages 5.12 digs and Jamie Claussen backs her up with 3.18 digs per game.
Broncos Receiving 2006 Honors:
Cameron Flunder - WAC Preseason All-Conference
Mandy Klein - TCU All-Tournament Team - Aug. 25-26
Jackie Stroud - Washington State All-Tournament Team -
The Broncos will return home after their tournament in Flagstaff, to host Oregon and Gonzaga inthe Bronco Fall Invitational, Sept. 15-16 in Bronco Gym. Oregon will play Gonzaga on Friday, Sept. 15 and then the Broncos will play both Oregon and Gonzaga on Sat., Sept. 16. Boise State will first play Gonzaga at 12:30 p.m. on the 16th and then Oregon at 5 p.m.