Boise State Heads to ISU Invitational

Sept. 7, 2016

THIS WEEK FOR BRONCO VOLLEYBALL

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Idaho State Invitational
Pocatello, Idaho

Sept. 8-10

Thursday, Sept. 8

Friday, Sept. 9

  • Boise State vs No. 10 Brigham Young
  • Series: BYU leads 6-0
  • 4 p.m. in Reed Gym
  • Live Stats
  • No Live Video

Saturday, Sept. 10

  • Boise State vs No. 35 Missouri
  • Series: UM leads 1-0
  • 3:30 p.m. in Reed Gym
  • Live Stats
  • No Live Video


WHAT'S HAPPENING

Boise State (4-2) wraps up three straight weeks on the road this weekend at the Idaho State Invitational in Pocatello, Idaho. It starts on Thursday (Sept. 8) for the Broncos when they take on instate-rival Idaho State (4-3) at 7 p.m. (Mountain) in Reed Gym. The tournament continues Friday when Boise State faces 10th-ranked BYU (6-0) at 4 p.m., followed by the finale against No. 35 Missouri (4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will be live stats available for all three contests, but only the ISU match will have live video. Links to all live stats and video feeds can be found on BroncoSports.com.

The Broncos are 31-33 all-time versus Idaho State, 0-6 against BYU and 0-1 versus Missouri. Boise State lost to ISU in four last year at Boise. The last time the blue and orange played BYU was a four set loss in 2008; while Missouri defeated the Broncos in three at Moscow, Idaho, in 2014.


BRONCOS SWEEP MW WEEKLY HONORS

  • Boise State juniors Sierra Nobley (outside hitter) and Maddi Osburn (libero) were named the Mountain West Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week after leading the Broncos to a 3-0 record last week in Ohio. 
  • Nobley was awarded the conference's offensive honor after recording a team-high 51 kills (5.1 kps) to go with two service aces and eight blocks for 58 points over the weekend. She hit a solid 34.8 percent and added two assists and 29 digs.
  • Osburn was the Bronco standout on defense leading the team in digs with 63 (6.3 dps) and was outstanding in serve receive with a 96.4 reception rate making only two errors on 56 attempts.


THIS WEEK'S BRONCO QUICK HITS

  • Boise State is coming off a successful weekend in Ohio where they swept both Wright State and Kent State on Friday (Sept. 2) by 3-0 scores to win the Golden Flashes Classic ... the Broncos then won at Cleveland State in four on Saturday (Sept. 3) in a match that was broadcast live on ESPN3.
  • Sierra Nobley led the Broncos last week tallying 58 points on 51 kills, two service aces, two block solos and six block assists ... she also had two double-doubles against Kent State (15 kills/12 digs) and Cleveland State (20 kills/10 digs) ... she was named the Golden Flashes Classic MVP and to the all-tournament team.
  • The middle blocker tandem of Maddy O'Donnell and Kaitlyn Oliver both had outstanding weekends in Ohio hitting 45.5 percent and 42.9 percent, respectively.
  • Boise State is coming off a week where the Broncos hit 28.9 percent as a team which included hitting 31.8 percent against Wright State and 32 percent at Kent State.


ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Broncos open the season with three straight road tournaments. 
  • If that was not hard enough, the first two trips had the Broncos traveling approximately 6,100 miles ... Fort Worth, Texas, as well as Kent and Cleveland, Ohio. 
  • That makes this 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 IDAHO STATE

  • Idaho State is 4-3 overall, all on the road ... the Bengals have won four straight including three last weekend over Lamar (3-0), Houston (3-1) and Texas Southern (3-1), all at Houston.
  • ISU who returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 23-10 overall and 13-3 in the Big Sky Conference, good for second overall.
  • The Bengals are picked to place fourth out of 12 schools in the 2016 league race.


QUICK LOOK AT BYU

  • BYU enters the week ranked 10th national with a 6-0 record, 3-0 at home and 3-0 on the road ... last week they defeated Wyoming (3-0), LIU Brooklyn (3-0) and No. 11 Ohio State (3-2) in Columbus, Ohio.
  • The Cougars return four starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's squad that went 28-4 overall and won the West Coast Conference at 16-2 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • BYU is picked to place second of the 10 WCC schools during 2016.


QUICK LOOK AT MISSOURI

  • The Tigers come to Pocatello with a 4-2 overall record going 1-2 last week at home with two tough 3-2 losses to Utah and Miami (Ohio) and a win over Rice in four.
  • Missouri is picked to place fourth out of 13 teams in the Southeastern Conference during the 2016 race. 
  • Last year the Tigers placed second in the SEC at 14-4 in league and went 27-6 overall advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... The Tigers return six starters and 11 letterwinners.


2016 BRONCO NOTABLES


NOBLEY JOINS 1,000 KILLS CLUB

  • Boise State's junior outside hitter Sierra Nobley needed seven kills last week to become the 14th member of the 1,000 career kills club, she tallied 51.
  • She recorded the seven in the first set against Wright State in the first match of the week. 
  • She is only the second Bronco ever to reach the milestone as a junior.
  • Nobley is also the 50th player all-time to reach 1,000 kills in MW history.


NOBLEY SETS SCHOOL AND MW RECORD, QUICKEST TO 1,000

  • The junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., set the school and Mountain West Conference record for the quickest to 1,000 career kills doing it in her 64th match.
  • The previous Boise State record was set by Cameron Flunder (2003-06) who is the only other Bronco to do it as a junior but took 76 matches. 
  • The previous MW record of 73 was set by Maria Aladjova (junior) from UNLV in 2006.


MW TOP 10 ATTACKERS

  • 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 .384, while Bronco senior Maddy O'Donnell is fifth with a .371 attack percentage. 
  • Oliver is Boise State's current career leader followed by O'Donnell in second.


BRONCOS UNDEFEATED WHEN

  • Over the last two seasons (2015 and 2016) Boise State is 21-0 when holding opponents below 20 percent hitting, 4-0 in 2016.

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