Boise State Heads to Nike Invitational
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  
 
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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.
 
BRONCO NOTABLES  
  • 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.
The Last Meeting
Idaho3
Boise State2
September 12, 2013
Boise, Idaho
Boise State Falls in Five to Idaho
Boise State volleyball lost a heartbreaker to Idaho in five sets. The Broncos took a 2-1 lead but could not hold on for the win.

The Last Meeting
Eastern Washington0
Boise State3
September 5, 2012
Boise, Idaho
Boise State Wins Home Opener Over EWU
Boise State Wins Home Opener Over EWU


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