MW Play Begins with Two at Home


Sept. 20, 2017

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE


Mountain West Conference Play Begins

Thursday, Sept. 21

Saturday, Sept. 23

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK


  • Boise State (7-5, 0-0 MW) opens Mountain West Conference play at home this week versus Fresno State (5-7, 0-0 MW) at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain) on Thursday and San Diego State (6-7, 0-0 MW) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.


LAST WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS


  • The Broncos hosted the Boise State Classic last weekend going 1-2 overall.
  • Boise State opened against No. 1 Minnesota (Sept. 15). After falling down two sets to none, the Broncos rallied taking the third and fourth sets to force a decisive fifth set where they came up just short of the upset 15-12 to the top-ranked Gophers.
  • Boise State closed the weekend with a loss to Oregon State Saturday (Sept. 16) morning before regrouping to sweep (3-0) instate-rival Idaho State later that night.
  • Sierra Nobley led the Broncos over the weekend recording a combined 54.5 points on 51 kills, one service ace and five block assists.
  • Nobley broke the school record for career points against No. 1 Minnesota when she tallied a team-high 24.5, it is the third major record she has set this fall.
  • Janell Walley was named to the all-tournament team after hitting an impressive team-high 42 percent over the three match stretch with 37 kills, two service aces, 32 digs and four block assists.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE


  • The Bulldogs enter the week at 5-7 overall.
  • Fresno State is coming off a 1-2 record last weekend with a win over CSU Bakersfield sandwiched around losses to San Francisco (3-2) and UC Irvine (3-0), respectively.
  • Fresno State is averaging 12.07 kills per set (9th MW) while hitting .203 percent (7th MW) on the year the Bulldogs are holding opponents to .217 percent hitting (8th MW).
  • The Bulldogs were picked to place 10th out of 11 in the MW preseason poll after returning five starters eight letterwinners from last year's team.
  • This will be the 35th meeting in the all-time series which is led by Fresno State 20-14 ... the Broncos have won six straight including a sweep in 2016, 3-0 at Fresno and 3-0 in Boise.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE


  • The Aztecs enter the week at 6-7 overall and will play at Utah State Thursday night prior to traveling to Boise.
  • SDSU is coming of a 2-2 record last week falling to No. 17 San Diego (3-0) and versus UC Riverside (3-2) before regrouping for a win over Gonzaga and an upset of Denver (3-1) to win the Denver Invite (2-1)
  • San Diego State is averaging 13.23 kills per set (4th MW) while hitting .223 percent (4th MW) as a team, meanwhile the Aztecs hold opponents to .230 percent (10th MW).
  • The Aztecs were picked to place third in the 2017 MW race after returning four starters, the libero and nine letterwinners from last year's squad.
  • This is the 13th meeting in the series which is currently tied at six wins apiece ... the Broncos have won five straight, including two in 2016, 3-0 in Boise and 3-1 at San Diego.

CAREER RECORD WATCH


NEXT RECORD THAT WILL FALL, CAREER DIGS BY OSBURN

  • Senior libero Maddi Osburn entered the season with 1,217 career digs good for eighth-place all-time at Boise State and 274 short of tying for the record at 1,491 set by Jackie Stroud (2003-06).
  • Osburn has tallied 253 digs through the nonconference schedule to move from eight-place into second with 1,470, 21 short of tying record and 22 to break it.

RECORDS THAT HAVE FALLEN

  • Boise State Career Killls: Sierra Nobley broke record vs #10 BYU (Aug. 31) with 23 kills to give her 1,530 at the time, she has since stretched it out to 1,677 ... the former record holder was Cameron Flunder (2003-06) who had 1,510.
  • Mountain West Career Kills: Sierra Nobley broke the record with 15 kills against Portland State (Sept. 9) and has since stretched her mark out to 1,677 ... the former record holder was Chantale Riddle of New Mexico (2011-14) who had 1,623. 
  • Boise State Career Points: Nobley broke the record versus #1 Minnesota (Sept. 15) with 24.5 in the match to give her 1,847.5, her new record now stands at 1,877.5 and counting ... the former record holder was also Cameron Flunder (2003-06) who had 1,834.0.  

BRONCO STORY LINES


HEAD COACH Shawn Garus

  • Coach Garus is the reigning two-time MW Coach of the Year (2015 and 2016), as well as the 2016 AVCA Region Coach of the Year.
  • Garus is 258-231 overall in his 17-year career as a collegiate head coach, 2017 marks his 17th season.
  • Garus is currently 150-112 at Boise State in his ninth season.
  • Garus ranks second in total wins in program history, out of 10 coaches all-time.
  • Garus has recorded six winning seasons, three (2010, 2015-16) with 20-plus wins, in the first eight seasons at Boise State.

NOBLEY LEADS THE MW IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES

  • The senior outside hitter leads the MW with a league-high 42 career doubles, including seven this season.

NOBLEY AMONG NCAA CAREER LEADERS

  • Sierra Nobley is currently ranked among the NCAA's top-6 for 2017's active players in four categories: third for career kills (1,677), third for kills per set (4.52), fourth for total attacks (4,292) and sixth for attacks per set (11.57).

OSBURN IN NCAA TOP-25 CAREER DIGS

  • Senior libero Maddi Osburn is currently ranked 21st among active 2017 NCAA players for career digs with 1,470.

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