Mountain West Play Begins
Sept. 21, 2016

THIS WEEK FOR BRONCO VOLLEYBALL

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Thursday, Sept. 22

  • Boise St. (9-4, 0-0 MW) at UNLV (11-1, 0-0 MW)
  • Las Vegas, Nev. (Cox Pavilion)
  • 7 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on GameTracker
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network

Saturday, Sept. 24

  • Boise St. (9-4, 0-0 MW) at New Mexico (9-4, 0-0 MW)
  • Albuquerque, N.M. (Johnson Center)
  • 2 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on Stat Broadcast
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network


WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Conference play begins this week with Boise State tackling what could be the hardest road trip this season in league play when the Broncos travel to UNLV (11-1) and New Mexico (9-4). The Broncos open with the Rebels at 7 p.m. (Mountain) on Thursday in Cox Pavilion at Las Vegas, Nev. They will then travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to face the New Mexico Lobos at 2 p.m. (Mountain) in the Johnson Center Gym. 
  • The preseason Mountain West poll picked Boise State to finish second, New Mexico fourth and UNLV tied for fifth. The Broncos are 9-4 all-time versus UNLV and 2-8 when facing New Mexico. Boise State has never lost at UNLV in six trips, but it has never won at New Mexico in four encounters.

BRONCOS IN CONFERENCE OPENERS

  • MW Openers: The Broncos are 2-3 in MW openers in the first five years, 1-2 on the road and 1-1 at home. 
  • Last Year: Boise State lost 3-0 at Wyoming.
  • Opening on the Road: Boise State has played 11 of its last 13 conference openers on the road. 
  • Historically: Since the 1980 season Boise State has been on the road more often than not to start conference play by a 26 to 10 margin. During that time span the Broncos are 25-11 in conference openers, 9-2 at home and 16-9 on the road.

BRONCO STORY LINES

  • Boise State brings a 9-4 overall record into conference play.
  • Broncos look to keep their three win streaks alive:
  • Four-match win streak overall
  • Nine-match home win streak, 4-0 in 2016 and last five of 2015
  • Nine-match conference win streak dating back to the last nine of 2015
  • Last year Boise State went 15-3 in MW play 
  • The Broncos look to take their momentum from winning the Boise State Invitational last weekend (Sept. 15-17) with a 4-0 record into conference play.
  • Boise State won all four matches last week by 3-1 scores including victories over Portland State, UC Davis, No. 17 Santa Clara and Arizona State.
  • The Boise State victory over Santa Clara (Sept. 16) was the first Bronco win ever over a nationally ranked top-25 team in history.
  • Last week Sierra Nobley led Boise State with 65.5 points in four matches with 58 kills (3.62 kps), two service aces and 11 block assists (0.69 bps) to go with 47 digs (2.94 dps) ... she also had three double-doubles (kills/digs) in the four matches: Portland State (16 kills/10 digs), No. 17 Santa Clara (12 kills/11 digs) and Arizona State (15 kills/ season-high 17 digs).
  • Sabryn Roberts had a team second-best combined 53 points during the Boise State Invitational on 48 kills (3.0 kps), one solo block and eight block assists (0.56 bps) ... recorded a team and season-high 16 kills in upset of No. 17 Santa Clara ... was named to all-tournament team.
  • Maddy O’Donnell followed Nobley and Roberts last week with 52.5 points on 39 kills (2.44 kps), three service aces, four block solos and 13 block assists (1.06 bps).
  • On the year the Broncos are led by the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year Sierra Nobley with 227 points (202 kills, seven service aces, three block solos and 30 block assists) on the year ... Maddy O’Donnell follows with 159.5 points (119 kills, 12 service aces, five block solos and 47 block 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 during nonconference play. 
  • Boise State went 5-4 overall going 3-1 on the opponents’ home floors and 2-3 on neutral courts.

QUICK LOOK AT UNLV

  • UNLV is 11-1 overall with notable wins over UC Santa Barbara (3-0) and New Mexico State (3-0) ... the lone loss was at No. 9 BYU (3-0).
  • UNLV returns five starters plus the libero and 11 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 16-14 overall and 9-9 in MW play, good for a tie for fifth place.
  • Bree Hammel leads UNLV and ranks fourth for 4.0 kills per set, Alexis Patterson leads the MW in assists per set at 11.4.

QUICK LOOK AT NEW MEXICO

  • New Mexico enters league play with the same record as the Broncos 9-4 with key wins over Arizona State (3-1) and Arkansas (3-1) ... notable losses came against Idaho (3-2), at South Florida (3-1) and to No. 1 Nebraska (3-0).
  • The Lobos return three starters plus libero and 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 17-14 overall and 10-8 in conference, fourth place.
  • Cassie House leads UNM and is eighth in the MW for kills per set at 3.39, Julia Warren follows at 2.46 kills per set.

HEAD COACH Shawn Garus

  • Garus is 234-223 overall in his 16-year career as a collegiate head coach.
  • Garus is currently 126-103 at Boise State in his eighth season.
  • Garus ranks second in total wins in program history, out of 10 coaches all-time.

OSBURN NEARING 1,000 DIGS CLUB

  • Junior libero Maddi Osburn is approaching the 1,000 career digs milestone to become the 14th member of the club. 
  • She started the season with 673 career digs and has since added a team and conference-high 252 to put her at 925, good for 14th all-time. 

TOP ATTACKERS

  • Kaitlyn Oliver currently leads Boise State in career hitting percentage all-time at .376.
  • Senior Maddy O’Donnell is ranked second all-time with a .364 career attack percentage. 







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