Broncos Return Home To Face Conference Foes

BOISE, Idaho - After playing seven games on the road, the Boise State University volleyball team returns home to take on Conference foes, Fresno State and Nevada.

“They did a really great job of studying on the road,” Bronco head coach Robin Davis said. “It’s really hard to be on the road three week in a row, but that’s what our schedule gave us. We’re really excited to be home.”

The Broncos will play host to Fresno State with their match set for, Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. before taking on Nevada, Sat., Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

Last Week’s Results:
at Utah State L 0-3 (26-30, 16-30, 21-30)
at No. 15 Hawai’i L 0-3 (28-30, 22-30, 24-30)  

Sizing Up the Competition...
Fresno State (3-6, 1-1):  The Bulldogs defeated La. Tech, 3-0, to earn their first conference win on
the 2007 season and to move them to 1-1 in conference play ... Fresno State also hosted Oregon State out of the Pac-10 Conference and the Beavers defeated the Bulldogs for the second straight year, 3-0 ... Fresno State fell in the WAC opener to New Mexico State, 3-0 ... Senior Tiffany Hess leads the Bulldogs and is among the top-10 in the WAC averaging 9.14 assists per game.

Nevada (4-5, 1-1):  The Wolfpack opened Conference play against Louisiana Tech with a 3-1 win over the Lady Techsters ... Nevada dropped its second conference match to New Mexico State in three games ... The Wolfpack is led by senior Teal Ericson averaging 4.84 kpg and holds a hitting-percentage of .232 ... Look for junior Allison Hernandez to lead the defense for Nevada, as she ranks fifth in the WAC averaging 4.16 digs per game.

Head Coach Robin Davis on ...
Last Week’s performance at No. 15 Hawai’i ...
“We felt that we played really well against Hawai’i and it may be our best match of the year, minus some serving errors, but that’s pretty easy for us to correct because we’re a good serving team.”

Their offense ...
“Our thing all year with being able to win games easily is our side-out game. We don’t feel like it’s ever been at a place where it really needed to be, and that’s the thing we did the best against Hawai’i. We really sided-out first or second ball each time. Our offense was really good on serve received, so if we can keep working at getting better at that this week at practice and put that into the game, we’ll feel good on Thursday. ”

Last Week ...
Against Utah State Boise State opened conference play against Utah State falling to the Aggies in three games ... Sophomore Arlee Tamietti led the offensive front with nine kills while teammate Jeanette Jenkins tallied eight ... Setter Mandy Klein notched 19 assists ... Defensively, freshman Lauren Hamm led the attack for the Broncos posting 11 digs and Sadie Maughan tallied a career-high seven blocks.

Against No. 15 Hawai’i Despite putting up a tough fight against No. 15 Hawai’i, the Boise State volleyball team fell to the Warriors in three games ... Setter Mandy Klein set the pace for the Broncos posting 33 assists, while teammate Robyn Hewitt hit an impressive .636 (7-0-11) on the night ... sophomore Arlee Tamietti tallied 13 kills ... Freshmen Lauren Hamm and Sadie Maughan led the defensive front for the Broncos as Hamm notched a team-high 12 digs and Maughan posted six blocks.

Stellar Start - The back-to-back three-game sweep over CSU-Fullerton and UTSA marked the first time since 2000 that Boise State had swept its first two matches of the season.

Double Team -  It was double the fun on Friday when sophomore Arlee Tamietti and freshman Lauren Hamm recorded their first career double-doubles against UC Davis ... Tamietti tallied 14 digs and 14 kills, while Hamm notched 10 kills and 19 digs.

Klein Climbs Charts - Junior setter Mandy Klein, who ranks sixth on the Broncos’ career list in assists, currently ranks sixth in the WAC with 10.61 apg ... Klein notched 37 assists against Morgan State, taking sole possession of sixth place on the Broncos’ career list in assists ... The junior has posted 329 assists this season, moving her career total to 2,068.

Simply Flawless - Freshman middle blocker Sadie Maughan, hit .400 (8-0-20) against UTSA in her inaugural Bronco match, posting the Broncos’ fifth-most attempts without an error since 1993.

Tournament Team Players Senior Jamie Claussen and sophomore Arlee Tamietti were both named to the Bronco Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Claussen averaged 3.67 kills and 3.22 digs per game ... Tamietti averaged 3.44 kills and 1.11 digs per game during the three-match round-robin tournament ... Tamietti’s outstanding play continued at the Gonzaga Tournament as she earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after leading Broncos with 10 kills against Gonzaga.

Digging Machine - Libero Lauren Hamm proved to be a force to be reckoned with on the defensive front against Gonzaga as she notched a career-high 22 digs ...The freshman has tallied double-figure digs in every match this season ... Hamm leads the Broncos with 140 digs on the season, averaging 4.52 digs per game and ranks third in the WAC.

Double Take - Senior Jamie Claussen began her senior campaign with a double-double, recording 12 digs and a team-high 12 kills against UTSA ... the outside hitter followed up that performance with 12 kills and 13 digs against CSU-Fullerton for her second double-double of the season ... Claussen led the Broncos with nine double-doubles in 2006.


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