Broncos Head to Hawaii, San Jose State for WAC Openers

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► What's Happening - The Boise State volleyball team is back on the road again, this time kicking-off their 2009 Western Athletic Conference schedule. The Broncos play two matches this week, the first at No. 4-ranked Hawaii in Honolulu on Thursday, Sept. 24, followed by a match-up with San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 26 in San Jose, Calif.

The Broncos will take on the Rainbow Wahine in an 11 p.m. match (Mountain Time) on Thursday at the Stan Sheriff Center. They will play again at 2 p.m. (Mountain Time) in their Saturday match against the Spartans at the Spartan Gym.

► Live Stats - Live stats will be available for each of the matches this weekend. To follow the Hawaii vs. Boise State match go to: http://livestats.internetconsult.com/hawaii/wvball/

To follow the Boise State vs. San Jose State match go to: http://www.sjsuspartans.com and select the "Live" tab where you can find live stats and media players.

► Live Streaming - Live video streaming of the Hawaii match will be available on Thursday. The cost is $6.28 for the match and can be ordered one-hour prior to the start of the match. Visit: http://hawaiiathletics.com/index.aspx?path=wvball and scroll down to the "Upcoming Schedule". There you can find links to live audio (speaker icon), live video (TV icon) and live stats. Click on the TV icon to take you to the live streaming page.

Looking at Boise State...
► In General - The Broncos begin their 2009 WAC schedule on Thursday with Hawaii and hosted their first non-tournament match last Thursday against Utah Valley. The Broncos played one of their better matches of the season, falling 3-1 to UVU. The Broncos are now 0-4 at home, 0-2 in away matches and 0-4 in neutral matches.

► Quick Look at the Broncos - Leaders for the Broncos' offense include junior Alisha Young who has a 2.22 per set kill average and 71 kills on the season. Senior Jeanene Rose has tallied 11 service aces this season, double the number of Lauren Hamm who is second on the team with six aces. Junior Sadie Maughan leads the team in points with 87.0 on the season while also leading in blocks with 44.0 total. Hamm also leads the team in digs with 101 on the season.

An Overview: Boise State vs. Hawaii...
► The Series - The series between Boise State and Hawaii has consisted of 19 matches, all of which Hawaii has won. The Rainbow Wahine most recently earned a 3-0 win over the Broncos on Nov. 20, 2008 at the 2008 WAC Tournament.   
 
► About Hawaii - The Rainbow Wahine hold a 9-2 record on the season, all of which were played at home in the Stan Sheriff Center. Eight of their 11 matches have been played against AVCA Top-25 teams, with six of those matches resulting in wins for Hawaii. Two matches, against No. 2 Texas and No. 10 California ended in 3-1 and 3-2 losses, respectively. The top-ranked team that Hawaii has defeated was No. 9 UCLA in a 3-0 victory.

The Rainbow Wahine are led by Kanani Danielson who has accumulated 151 kills on the season (3.97 per set) while Dani Mafua has led the team in set assists with 437. Aneli Cubi-Otineru has been dangerous from the service line, tallying 22 service aces this season while also holding the No. 2 spot on the team in digs with 102. Elisabeth Ka'aihue has tallied a team high of 118 digs while Brittany Hewitt leads the team defensively at the net with 49 blocks.

An Overview: Boise State vs. San Jose State...
► The Series - The series between the Broncos and Spartans includes 18 total matches with San Jose State holding the 15-3 lead over Boise State. During the 2008 season, the two teams split their series 1-1 with the Broncos winning 3-0 in San Jose and the Spartans picking up a 3-0 win in Boise.   
 
► About San Jose State - The Spartans are the only other team in the WAC that holds a 0-10 record just like the Broncos. They have suffered six losses in opponents' home gyms while also suffering four losses in neutral matches. The Spartans hold a 4-30 record in the "Sets Win-Loss" category.

Offensively, the team is led by Alex Akana with 52 kills on the season while Taylor Japhet leads with kills per set (2.56) and Caitlin Andrade in hitting percentage (.369). Andrade leads the team in set assists with 199 while Courtney Zellmer leads the team in service aces with eight. Defensively, Kristal Tsukano leads the team with 107 digs while Kylie Miraldi leads the team in blocks with 16 total.