BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team looks to turn things around when they hit the road this week to take on, New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech.
“We’ve shown some amazing resiliency actually,” Bronco head coach Robin Davis said. “We always compete well in the first game and go into matches thinking we can win. We’re able to practice a little better this week, so we’re optimistic again.”
The Broncos make their first stop in Las Cruces to face-off against the Aggies, Thurs., Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., before heading east to take on Louisiana Tech, Sat. Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. (CT).
Last Week’s Results:
vs. Fresno State L 2-3 (31-29, 32-30, 16-30, 27-30, 5-15)
vs. Nevada L 1-3 (30-28, 27-30, 22-30, 19-30)
Sizing Up the Competition...
New Mexico State (11-3, 3-1): The Aggies, who are currently second in the Conference, have recently surfaced in the Top-25 as they sit at the No. 24 spot in the most recent CSTC/AVCA poll ... After opening Conference play with a record of 3-0, New Mexico State suffered its first conference loss of the season to No. 13 Hawai’i, 2-3 ... NMSU leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.259), opponent hitting percentage (.170), assists (15.72 apg) and kills (16.88 kpg) ... Leading the way for the Aggies is junior Amber Simpson who ranks second in the WAC with a hitting percentage of .384, while teammate Kim Oguh ranks third with .343 and is also third averaging 1.29 blocks per game.
Louisiana Tech (5-12, 0-4): The Lady Techsters have lost the last seven match-ups against the Broncos, with their last win coming on Oct. 19, 2002 ... Louisiana Tech has lost their last 29 Conference matches and are currently on an eight match losing streak ... Look for Shannon Phillips to lead the way for the Lady Techsters as she ranks in several categories in the WAC including kills (fourth, 4.66 kpg), points (fifth (5.02 ppg), digs (10th, 3.13 dpg) and hitting percentage (10th, .242).
Head Coach Robin Davis on...
No. 24 New Mexico State ...
“New Mexico State is ranked in the Top 25. They’ve got a big crowd and they know they’re good and they love playing there and they’re on a roll. They just barely lost to Hawai’i, 21-19, so it’s perfect. It’s perfect time for an upset.”
“Somebody has to break a streak, a long losing streak. We’ve got one going this season and they’ve got one going in the league and they’re at home. They play teams really tough this year and they’re better, so we need to play at our level.”
Against Fresno State The Broncos fell to Fresno State in their conference home opener, 2-3 ... Sophomore Arlee Tamietti had 22 kills while notching 15 digs to record her second double-double of the season ... Setter Mandy Klein tallied a season-high 56 assists and led the Broncos with a hitting percentage of .273 (5-2-11) ... Freshman Sadie Maughan recorded five blocks on the night while teammates Lauren Hamm and Tiffany Starring tallied 12 and 10 digs respectively.
Against Nevada While Boise State out blocked Nevada, the Wolf Pack took the match 1-3 ... Sophomore Arlee Tamietti and junior Jeanette Jenkins both tallied 12 kills a piece ... Junior Robyn Hewitt led the team with a hitting percentage of .250 (4-2-8) ... Senior Tiffany notched three aces against the Wolf Pack ... The defense was led by the freshmen dynamic duo of Sadie Maughan and Lauren Hamm. Maughan tallied an impressive eight blocks while Hamm notched 26 digs.
Double The Fun - This season, three different Broncos have tallied a double-double...
Jamie Claussen vs. UTSA 12 digs/12 kills
Arlee Tamietti vs. UC Davis 14 kills/14 digs
Lauren Hamm vs. UC Davis 10 kills/19 digs
Arlee Tamietti vs. Fresno State 23 kills/13 digs
Unbelievable Underclassmen - The Broncos have five players ranked among the Conference leaders in seven different statistical categories, with two of the five being freshmen and one being a sophomore. Among the leaders are freshmen Lauren Hamm (third, 4.55 dpg) and Sadie Maughan (seventh, 1.23 bpg; eighth, .277 hitting percentage); sophomore Arlee Tamietti (eighth, 3.70 kpg; seventh, 4.56 ppg). In addition, junior Mandy Klein ranks sixth in assists (10.68 apg) while senior Tiffany Starring ranks 10th with 0.28 aces per game.
Klein Climbs Charts - Junior setter Mandy Klein, who ranks sixth on the Broncos’ career list in assists, currently ranks sixth in the WAC with 10.68 apg ... Klein notched a career-high 61 assists against Fresno State, taking sole possession of fifth place on the Broncos’ career list in assists ... The junior has posted 427 assists this season, moving her career total to 2,166.
Digging Machine - Libero Lauren Hamm proved to be a force to be reckoned with on the defensive front against Nevada as she notched a career-high 26 digs ...The freshman has tallied double-figure digs in every match this season ... Hamm leads the Broncos with 182 digs on the season, averaging 4.55 digs per game and ranks third in the WAC.
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.
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.
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.
Tournament Team Players Senior Jamie Claussen and sophomore Arlee Tamietti were both named to the Bronco Invitational All-Tournament Team ... 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.