Broncos Host Boise State Invitational
Sept. 14, 2016

THIS WEEK FOR BRONCO VOLLEYBALL

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Boise State Invitational
Boise, Idaho

Sept. 15-17

All matches broadcast live by the Mountain West Network

Thursday, Sept. 15

Friday, Sept. 16

Saturday, Sept. 17

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Admission: The price for admission is $4 for youth high school age and younger, as well as senior citizens (62 or older); $6 for adults; free for Boise State students with valid BSU ID ... tickets are good for the full day.
  • Ticket Promotion: There is a tournament pass available for the Boise State Invitational for $12, available for purchase only on Thursday night.

THURSDAY

  • Promotion: Rally Towels give away ... Camper Reunion, wear camp shirt for free entry, family $3 each ... pre-match football autographs.
  • Parking: Free parking is available only at the Lincoln Parking Garage by using the kiosks inside the garage, enter the number of the parking spot and then select the volleyball option.

FRIDAY

  • UCD Promotion: $3 ticket with your business card and drawing for prizes at UC Davis match.
  • SCU Promotion: Greek Challenge (attendance contest) for Santa Clara match ... white out.
  • Parking: Free parking is available only at the Lincoln Parking Garage by using the kiosks inside the garage, enter the number of the parking spot and then select the volleyball option.

SATURDAY

  • Promotion: Faculty and Staff appreciation (free admission).
  • Parking: Free parking is available for Saturday in the west Albertsons Stadium Parking lot (by Bronco Gym) by using the kiosks, enter the number of the parking spot and then select the volleyball option.



WHAT'S HAPPENING

After three long weeks on the road the Broncos return home for the first time in 2016 to host the Boise State Invitational this Thursday through Saturday. Joining the Broncos will be Portland State from the Big Sky Conference, UC Davis of the Big West Conference, the Pacific-12 Conference’s Arizona State and No. 17 Santa Clara out of the West Coast Conference. All eight matches will be held in Bronco Gym and broadcast by the Mountain West Network. The action begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night when Boise State hosts Portland State in the opener.

The Broncos are 8-24 all-time versus the Boise State Invitational field going 6-17 versus Portland State, 1-2 against UC Davis, 1-4 versus Santa Clara and 0-1 when facing Arizona State.


THIS WEEK’S BRONCO QUICK HITS

  • The Broncos are led by the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year Sierra Nobley with 161.5 points (144 kills, five service aces, three block solos and 19 block assists) on the year ... Maddy O’Donnell follows with 107.0 points (80 kills, nine service aces, one block solo and 34 block assists).
  • Boise State is coming off the Idaho State Invitational last weekend in Pocatello, Idaho, where it went 1-2 defeating Idaho State 3-1, then fell 3-0 to No. 10 BYU and 3-1 to No. 35 Missouri.
  • Sierra Nobley led Boise State last week tallying 50.0 points on 45 kills, one service aces, one block solo and six block assists ... she also had one double-double against Idaho State (19 kills/14 digs).
  • Maddy O’Donnell had 42.5 points at the ISU Invitational on 33 kills, four service aces, one block solo and nine block assists.
  • Freshman Janell Walley was named to the ISU Invitational All-Tournament Team recording 26.5 points on 20 kills, three service aces and seven block assists, also had 21 digs.
  • Freshman setter Cassedi Simon saw her first two starts of the season against No. 10 BYU and No. 35 Missouri tallying a combined 75 assists.


ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Broncos opened 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. 
  • In all they traveled 6,540 miles over the three week stretch. 
  • Boise State went 5-4 overall going 3-1 on the opponents’ home floors and 2-3 on neutral courts.


QUICK LOOK AT PORTLAND STATE

  • Portland State is 7-2 overall with notable wins over Long Beach State (3-1), Colorado (3-2) and Utah State (3-2) ... key losses were to Texas Tech (3-1) and Fresno State (3-2).
  • PSU returns five starters plus the libero and 10 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 9-19 overall and 5-11 in the Big Sky Conference, good for ninth overall.
  • The Vikings are picked to place seventh out of 12 schools in the 2016 league race.


QUICK LOOK AT UC DAVIS

  • UCD enters the tournament at 5-5 overall, all on the road ... The Aggies are coming of a 3-0 win Tuesday night over Sacramento State ... they have losses to Oregon (3-0), San Diego State (3-0) and Nevada (3-2).
  • The Aggies return five starters plus libero and 13 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 15-15 overall and 10-6 in Big West play, fourth place.
  • UCD is picked to place fifth of the nine Big West schools during 2016.


QUICK LOOK AT SANTA CLARA

  • The Broncos come to ranked 17th-nationally with a perfect 9-0 record ... keys over No. 7 Southern Cal (3-1), No. 21 Louisville (3-1), Auburn (3-1) and Cal (3-1).
  • Santa Clara was picked to place third out of 10 teams in the West Coast Conference race in 2016. 
  • Last year the Broncos placed tied for third in the league race at 13-5 and went 22-9 overall to advance to first round of NCAA Tournament.
  • SCU returns all six starters plus the libero and 11 letterwinners from last year’s team.


QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE

  • The Sun Devils come to Boise with a 6-3 overall record, all on the road ... key win over Long Beach State (3-2) last time out ... key losses have come to New Mexico (3-1), Iowa (3-0) and Pepperdine (3-0).
  • ASU was picked to place 11th out of 12 teams in the Pacific-12 Conference race in 2016. 
  • The Sun Devils went 19-13 overall in 2015 and 8-12 in Pac-12 play, good for eighth place, and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • ASU returns all three starters plus the libero and seven letterwinners from last year’s team.



2016 BRONCO NOTABLES

HEAD COACH Shawn Garus

  • Garus is 230-223 overall in his 16-year career as a collegiate head coach.
  • Garus is currently 122-103 at Boise State in his eighth season.
  • Garus ranks second in total wins in program history, out of 10 coaches all-time.


NOBLEY JOINS 1,000 KILLS CLUB

  • Boise State’s junior outside hitter Sierra Nobley became the 14th member of the Broncos’ 1,000 career kills club in the first set against Wright State (Sept. 2). 
  • 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 .380, while Bronco senior Maddy O’Donnell is sixth with a .365 attack percentage. 
  • Oliver is Boise State’s current career leader followed by O’Donnell in second.




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