Sept. 11, 2014
Bronco Weekly: Coach Garus talks about last week's Sears Sugar Bear Classic in Arkansas, then looks ahead to this week's Nike Invitational in Moscow, Idaho.
Quick Links for Week #3 at Nike Invitational (Moscow, Idaho)
Boise State's Tournament Schedule
- Friday (Sept. 12) at 1:30 p.m. (MT) - Boise State vs. Missouri
- Friday (Sept. 12) at 8:00 p.m. (MT) - Boise State at Idaho
- Saturday (Sept. 13) at 5:30 p.m. (MT) - Boise State vs. Eastern Washington
Social Media Links
THIS WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS
- Boise State hits the road for the second straight week, this time for Moscow, Idaho, and the Nike Invitational.
- The Broncos will open against defending Southeastern Conference champion Missouri at 1:30 p.m. (all times listed are Mountain Time) on Friday. This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs.
- Boise State will conclude Friday with its rivalry match against the Idaho Vandals at 8 p.m. It will be the 81st meeting in the rivalry which Idaho leads 51-29.
- The tournament concludes for Boise State on Saturday afternoon when the Broncos take on the Eastern Washington Eagles at 5:30 p.m.
- Boise State is 58-76 all-time against the three schools the Broncos will play in the tournament: Missouri (0-0), Idaho (29-51) and Eastern Washington (29-25).
- Both Idaho and Eastern Washington are now in the Big Sky Conference, Boise State is 180-183 all-time against the current membership of that league and 6-5 against current SEC members.
- This is the second of three consecutive weekends on the road for the Broncos.
THE NIKE INVITATIONAL
- The Nike Invitational is being hosted by the University of Idaho and starts Thursday night when the Vandals play Missouri.
- All matches during the tournament will be held at Memorial Gym (capacity 1,500) on the U of I campus.
- The University of Portland is also at the tournament but the Broncos will not play them this weekend.
- Boise State is on a two-match win streak entering the weekend.
- The Broncos went 2-1 at the Sears Sugar Bear Classic last weekend in Conway, Ark., falling in five to Tulsa, then regrouping to defeat Central Arkansas (3-1) and Louisiana-Monroe (3-0).
- Last week the Broncos hit better than the opposition in all three contests to finish the tournament at 28.7 percent with a match-high of 46.8 percent versus ULM.
- Boise State is ranked 23rd nationally and third in the Mountain West for hitting percentage at .284.
- On the year the Broncos are out hitting the opposition 28.4 percent to 26.1 percent.
BRONCOS TO WATCH
- The sophomore middle blocker is ranked sixth nationally in hitting percentage (.492), 10th for services aces per set (0.69) and 53rd for total services aces (11).
- In the MW rankings she is second in hitting percentage, first in aces per set and tied for first in total service aces.
- She had 23 kills, six service aces and nine blocks last weekend in Arkansas.
- The redshirt-freshman middle blocker is ranked 16th nationally in hitting percentage (.463) and fourth in MW.
- She was named to the Sears Sugar Bear Classic All-Tournament Team last week while hitting 46.5 percent for 25 kills to go with nine blocks.
- The freshman outside hitter has led the Broncos in kills during four of the sixth matches to date and has a team-high 74 kills on the year to rank sixth in the MW.
- Named to both the Northwest Challenge and Sears Sugar Bear Classic all-tournament teams over the first two weekends.
- Led Boise State last week with 38 kills and seven blocks, including a career-high 19 kills against Tulsa (Sept. 5).
ABOUT THE OPPOSITION
Missouri Tigers (4-4, 0-0 SEC)
- Missouri enters the tournament at 4-4 overall following a Tuesday night loss at home to St. Louis in five sets.
- The Tigers' Whitney Little has 78 kills and 31 blocks on the year, she needs eight blocks to move into first place at Missouri for a career.
- Carly Kan, a 2013 All-American, leads MU with a team-high 122 kills.
- Missouri is the defending Southeastern Conference champions after going 18-0 in league and 35-1 overall in 2013.
- Missouri was picked to place third out of 13 teams in the 2014 SEC race.
Idaho Vandals (2-5, 0-0 Big Sky)
- This is Idaho's first year back in the Big Sky after moving from the Western Athletic Conference where they placed fourth last year.
- Idaho enters the week at 2-5 overall but is coming in off a 3-1 victory over Pepperdine last Saturday on the road.
- Ali Forde leads the Vandals with 64 kills on the season.
- Katelyn Peterson follows Forde with 59 and Stephanie Hagins with 58.
- The Big Sky coaches picked Idaho to place third out of 12 teams in 2014.
Eastern Washington Eagles (4-2, 0-0 Big Sky)
- EWU enters the week at 4-2 overall following a six-match road trip to the east coast.
- The Eagles have won two straight entering the week with wins over College of Charleston (3-2) and High Point (3-2).
- Kelsey Julian leads EWU with 72 kills and 13 blocks on the season.
- Allie Schumacher is right behind with 71 kills and five blocks.
- The Eagles went 10-21 overall and 7-13 in Big Sky play, placing eighth.
- EWU was picked by the BSC coaches to place seventh out of 12 teams in the Big Sky race during 2014.