The Bronco volleyball team (5-5) returns home for only the second time this season to host a final preconference tournament of 2006. The Broncos will host Oregon of the Pac-10 and Gonzaga of the WCC.
Gonzaga will play Oregon Friday (Sept. 15) at 7 p.m. in Bronco Gym. The Broncos will then play Gonzaga Saturday (Sept. 16) at 12:30 p.m., and after a short break will return to play Oregon at 5 p.m. All three matches will be played in Bronco Gym. Tickets are $5 for an adult ticket and $3 for a junior ticket each day. (Boise State students with a valid ID card will get in free.)
Gonzaga, of the West Coast Conference, is 3-7 overall, with wins over Weber State, Gardner-Webb and UMBC. The Zags' losses are to Washington State, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Connecticut, Portland State and No. 5 Washington.
Gonzaga is led by Briawna Mueller (2.62 kills, 0.93 digs and 1.00 blocks) and Elaina Renius (2.46 kills and 0.85 blocks). The Zags' setter is Heather Dunn (11.48 assists).
The Broncos' second opponent Saturday is the Oregon Ducks from the Pac-10. The Ducks are 7-0 so far this season with their wins over UC-Irvine, Portland State, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge, Utah State, Utah State, Fresno State and San Diego State.
Oregon is led by Mira Djuric (3.74 kills and 0.85 blocks) and Erin Little (3.70 kills, 1.93 digs and 0.96 blocks). Nevena Djordjevic averages 10.06 assists.
Bronco Leaders and Stats in 2006:
The Boise State team averages 13.76 kills, 12.48 assists, 2.14 aces, 16.39 digs and 2.20 blocks. Boise State's opponents are averaging 14.88 kills, 13.39 assists, 1.52 aces, 16.15 digs and 2.21 blocks.
After a three weekends of play, Cameron Flunder averages 3.27 kills and 0.79 blocks; Jeanette Jenkins is at 3.33 kills; and Kristen Voyson averages 3.0. Mandy Klein averages 9.67 assists per game. Elise Ardron averages 1.00 blocks while Robyn Hewitt is at 0.83. Jackie Stroud averages 4.61 digs and Jamie Claussen backs her up with 2.97 digs per game.
Broncos Receiving 2006 Honors:
Cameron Flunder - WAC Preseason All-Conference - Aug.
NAU Fiesta Bowl All-Tournament Team -
Mandy Klein - TCU All-Tournament Team - Aug. 25-26
Jackie Stroud - Washington State All-Tournament Team -
Jeanette Jenkins - NAU Fiesta Bowl All-Tournament Team -
After the Broncos host Oregon and Gonzaga in the Bronco Fall Invitational, Sept. 15-16 in Bronco Gym, the Broncos will open the 2006 Western Athletic Conference season on the road. Boise State will play at WAC foes Louisiana Tech (Sept. 21 in Ruston) and New Mexico State (Sept. 23 in Las Cruces).