Broncos Host Instate Rivals Idaho State and Idaho at Bronco Gym

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State volleyball team enters their first week of regular season home games with a 1-1 split record in the Western Athletic Conference. This week the Broncos welcome instate rivals Idaho State and Idaho to Bronco Gym on Wednesday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., respectively.


Boise State Recap...

The Broncos (3-8, 1-1) played in their first matches of WAC play this past weekend, defeating San Jose State, 3-0, the first time the Broncos have swept the Spartans ever. They then traveled to Hawaii to face then No. 7-ranked Hawaii, falling 0-3, but pushing the Rainbow Wahine to a 29-27 set three.


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About the Boise State Broncos...

The Broncos have improved their position in the 2008 WAC volleyball standings after defeating San Jose State last Thursday. Boise State moves from No. 7 to No. 6 in this week’s standings while SJSU dropped to No. 8. As a team, the Broncos continue to lead the WAC in blocks, averaging 2.76 per set. They also rank No. 5 in opponent hitting percentage (.202 per set) and No. 7 in service aces (1.13 per set).


Five Broncos continue to hold spots in the WAC overall individual standings with freshman Lydia Blaha holding the highest spot at No. 3 in blocks (1.26 per set). Sophomore Sadie Maughan sits at No. 5 in hitting percentage (.314) while senior Mandy Klein holds the No. 6 spot in assists (8.51 per set). Sophomores Alisha King and Lauren Hamm each hold the No. 7 spot in service aces (.32 per set) and digs (3.45 per set), respectfully.


Nationally, the Broncos rank No. 15 in blocks per set (2.76) while Blaha ranks No. 34 individually in the category. Also making the top-200 in nationally ranked individuals includes Mandy Klein at No. 173 in assists per set and Sadie Maughan at No. 151 in hitting percentage and 170 in blocks per set (0.97).


Eleven matches into the season, sophomore Alisha King leads the Broncos in kills (94) and kills per set (2.47) while Maughan leads the team in hitting percentage (.315). King also leads the team in service aces with 12 on the season. Klein has tallied 315 set assists while Lauren Hamm has totaled 131 digs (3.45 per set) for team highs. Blaha leads the team in solo blocks (10), assisted blocks (38) and blocks per set (1.26).


About Idaho State Bengals...

The Idaho State Bengals enter Wednesday’s match with a 3-9 record and are coming off a 1-1 weekend in their first weekend of Big Sky Conference play. On Thursday, Sept. 18 the Bengals dropped 0-3 to the BSC 2007 Champion, Portland State but were able to turn around and defeat Eastern Washington, 3-0, on Saturday, Sept. 20.


With 12 matches under their belts, the Bengals are led by junior Emily Waldron who has tallied 103 kills (2.64 per set) while sophomore Sarah Carson leads in hitting percentage (.222). Waldron also leads the team in service aces (12) and aces per set (.31) while totaling the second highest number of digs (100). Senior Blakely Peppinger and freshman Karissa Legaux have been sharing time at the setter’s position with Peppinger totaling 226 assists this season and Legaux, 117. Redshirt senior Brenda Cooper leads the team in blocks with 33 on the season (one solo) while redshirt junior Paige Palmer has controlled the Bengals backcourt with 175 digs.


In the NCAA Division I national statistics, the Bengals rank No. 52 in digs per set (15.4) while Palmer is the only Bengal in the top-200 of any individual rankings, sitting at No. 61 in digs per set (4.38).


The Bengals currently lead the Broncos in the all-time standings with a 33-29 record. In their most recent meeting, Idaho State earned a 3-2 victory in Pocatello, Oct. 15, 2007. The Broncos’ most recent win over the Bengals was in 2006 winning in Bronco Gym, 3-0.


About the Idaho Vandals...

The Vandals enter the weekend with a 7-5 (0-1) record and are coming off a 1-3 loss to No. 7 Hawaii and a 2-3 loss to Gonzaga this past week. The Vandals are very comparable to the Broncos this season, currently sitting at No. 7 in the WAC standings. Idaho currently leads the conference in overall team stats for digs per set (15.17), as well as holding the No. 2 spot in team stats for opponent hitting percentage (.170), assists per set (12.33) and blocks per set (2.72). They sit at No. 3 for hitting percentage (.215), kills per set (12.93) and ace serves per set (1.39).


In overall individual stats, Haley Larsen holds the No. 1 spot in kills per set (4.41) out of all WAC players while also leading in points (222.0). Anna McKinney holds the No. 4 spot in hitting percentage (.329) and the No. 2 spot in blocks per set (1.43). Kelsey Yonker sits at No. 2 in service aces per set (.39) and No. 3 for digs per set (4.09). Kelsey James ranks No. 2 in the WAC in assists per set (10.72) while Sarah Loney ranks No. 8 in blocks per set (1.0).


In the NCAA statistics, Idaho holds many rankings, including a No. 17 spot in blocks per set and a No. 61 spot in digs per set as a team. They also rank No. 56 in assists per set while holding the No. 87 spot in kills per set. Individually, McKinney ranks No. 10 in the nation in blocks per set while also holding the No. 117 spot in hitting percentage. Other Vandals in the top-200 include Larsen at No. 12 for kills per set and James at No. 33 for assists per set. Loney joins McKinney in the blocks per set rankings at No. 140 while Yonker ranks No. 124 in aces per set and No. 92 in digs per set.


So far this season the Vandals are led by Larsen with 203 kills, averaging 4.41 per set while McKinney has recorded a .329 hitting percentage and a team high of 66 blocks (five solo). James has tallied 493 set assists while Yonker has added 18 service aces and 188 digs.


The Vandals lead the Broncos 44-26 in the all-time records, winning the last 11 match-ups against the Broncos. The most recent Boise State win over the Vandals was Oct. 17, 2000 when the Broncos won 3-1 at home.

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