What's Happening This Week
Boise State (10-5, 1-1 MW) continues a four-match homestand this weekend when the TCU Horned Frogs (14-1, 1-0 MW) and New Mexico Lobos (7-5, 0-1 MW) come to town for a pair of Mountain West contests. Both matches will have 7:00 p.m. starts in Bronco Gym with TCU on Thursday night and New Mexico on Saturday following the football game.
Home Promotions and Admission Prices
Dig for the Cure - The Boise State Women's Volleyball team's Breast Cancer Awareness Night is this Saturday, October 1st, when the Broncos host the University of New Mexico in Bronco Gym at 7:00 pm. The Broncos will be sporting pink uniforms, and fans who wear pink to the match will be entered in a raffle drawing!
Admission Prices to Boise State's Olympic Sports events are:
$6.00 - for adults
$4.00 - for seniors
$4.00 - for youth, high school age or younger
Free - Boise State Students with student ID
Free - Children under two years of age
A Quick Look at Boise State
Last Week for the Broncos
The Broncos played three matches between Thursday, Sept. 22, and Monday, Sept. 26, going 2-1 during that stretch. The week began with a Boise State victory in its first-ever Mountain West match defeating Wyoming 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 23-25, 15-12) in Laramie. That was followed by a 3-0 loss (25-13, 25-17, 25-20) at eight-time MW champion and No. 20 Colorado State in Fort Collins on Sept. 24.
On Monday, Sept. 26, the Broncos had their home opener after 14-straight matches on the road to begin the season. After a sluggish start, Boise State rolled past Weber State for the second time this year by a 3-0 margin as the Broncos finished the week at 10-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Junior outside hitter Fiona Jones led Boise State over the three-match slate last week with a team-high 27.5 points on 25 kills and five block assists while hitting .209. She was followed by redshirt-freshman middle blocker Brittany Reardon with 25.5 points on 19 kills, two aces, one block solo and seven block assists, while hitting a team-best .325. Breann Nesselhuf was close behind with 25 points off of 23 kills (.212) and four blocks assists to go along with a team-high 62 assists and 23 digs. Elizabeth Griffin and Liz Harden contributed 22.5 and 22 points respectively.
What's Back in 2011
The Blue and Orange returns five starters and nine letterwinners from last year's 21-12 squad that went 8-8 in the WAC to place fourth. Boise State returns All-WAC Second Team honoree Breann Nesselhuf, currently a senior setter, from last season. Joining that core group are two 2010 redshirts and five newcomers (one junior transfer and four freshmen). Overall, the Broncos have a good mix of experience and youth with four seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and four true freshmen on the 2011 squad.
Broncos to Watch
Liz Harden, junior outside hitter: Harden returned as the second highest scorer from last year with 278 points. To date, she leads the Broncos in scoring at 160.5 points on 151 kills (2.7 kps), hits .254 percent and has 18 blocks on the year. Harden now has 650.5 career points to rank eighth all-time at Boise State. She hit a career-high .818 (18-0-22) at Weber State on Sept. 13, which ranks fourth all-time at Boise State. In addition, Harden recorded a career-high 27 kills at Eastern Washington on Aug. 31, tied for second most kills all-time in a five set match (since rally scoring).
Fiona Jones, junior outside hitter: Jones is the top scorer returning from 2010 when she recorded 331 points, third overall on team. Jones currently ranks second this year with 153 points in 55 sets while hitting .150 percent with 136 kills, four aces, five solo blocks and 16 block assists. She recorded a career-high for kills with 18 against Drake on Aug. 27 and a career-best 20 digs versus Pacific on Aug. 26.
Elizabeth Griffin, senior outside hitter: Griffin entered her senior campaign ranked 10th for career points with 529. She now ranks seventh overall after adding 124 points through 15 matches this year for a total of 653. Griffin is fourth in points this season with 118 kills (.146) and 12 block assists.
Brittany Reardon, redshirt-freshman middle blocker: Reardon is ranked 18th nationally (as of 9/25/11) and is currently second in the Mountain West in hitting percentage at .408 (108-21-213). She has made an early impact for the Broncos ranking third in points with 136.5 on 108 kills, five aces, five solo blocks and team high (tied) 37 block assists. Reardon hit a career-high .846 (11-0-13) against Texas Southern on Sept. 16, ranking second all-time for match hitting percentage.
Breann Nesselhuf, senior setter: Nesselhuf is the only returning all-conference player for Boise State, one of three honored last year. The senior setter entered the year ranked sixth in career assists with 2,275, she has since moved to fifth with a team-high 452 this season for a career total of 2,727. Nesselhuf is also ranked fourth in career assists average at 9.44, she is averaging 7.93 this year. She is the only Bronco this year to be named to two all-tournament teams.
Amanda Remy, senior libero: Remy leads the Broncos defensive efforts with a team-high 244 digs. She moved into 10th all-time at Boise State for career digs with 1,022 this past Monday night, Sept. 25, recording a team-high 17 against Weber State. Remy enters this weekend needing three to move into sole possession of ninth place at 1,025.
The Man in Charge
Shawn Garus, Head Coach: Garus is in his third season in charge of the Broncos where he has gone 39-39 overall, including a 10-5 mark in 2011. After a 8-22 mark during his first season, Garus guided his team to an outstanding turnaround in 2010 with a 21-12 record. The 21 victories last year was the most for Boise State since 1990 when the team went 23-12. To date, Shawn's career record is 154-159 (.492) in his 11th season.
Matches 16-17, Four-Match Homestand Continues with First Mountain West Contests in Bronco Gym
Scouting Match #16 Boise State (10-5, 1-1 MW) continues a four-match homestand this weekend when the TCU Horned Frogs (14-1, 1-0 MW) and New Mexico Lobos (7-5, 0-1 MW) come to town for a pair of Mountain West contests.ersus TCU
The Match/Series: The Horned Frogs will present the Broncos with one of its toughest test to date as TCU brings an impressive 14-1 overall mark into the contest. They feature two Mountain West preseason all-conference honorees in senior middle blocker Kristen Hester and junior outside hitter Megan Munce. Thursday's match between TCU and Boise State will be the second ever and the first as conference opponents. The Horned Frogs defeated the Broncos 3-1 (30-21, 17-30, 30-24, 30-22) on Aug. 26, 2006, in Fort Worth, Texas, in the only previous meeting.
The Horned Frogs Recently: TCU is bringing a 14-1 overall and 1-0 league mark into the match Thursday. The Horned Frogs lone loss was to current No. 8 ranked Texas 3-0 in Fort Worth on Sept. 20. They opened league play with a 3-1 victory at New Mexico last Friday. Hester leads TCU with 217 points on 188 kills, 13 aces, and 27 blocks, she also leads the MW and is ranked sixth nationallt in hitting percentage at .417. Jordan Raines follows with 180.5 points off 159 kills (MW 7th), 11 aces and 19 blocks.
Looking at TCU: The Horned Frogs were picked to place fourth in the MW preseason coaches poll. TCU returns four starters and seven letterwinners from last season's 15-16 campaign when they went 5-11 in league play to place tied for seventh out of nine. The Horned Frogs are coached by Prentice Lewis who is 186-124 in her 10th season at the school.
Scouting Match #17 Versus New Mexico
The Match/Series: The Lobos are a traditionally solid program and should pose a challenge for the Broncos at the net. New Mexico brings a 7-5 overall record and 0-1 league mark into the weekend's competition which begins on Thursday at Air Force. UNM has two MW preseason all-conference selections as well in senior libero Allison Buck and senior middle blocker Ashley Rhoades. Like TCU, this is only the second time that UNM and Boise State have met in volleyball with the Lobos winning the first encounter 2-1 on Sept. 20, 1984.
The Lobos Recently: New Mexico has lost two straight entering the weekend including its league opener 3-1 at home to TCU last Friday. That was followed by a hard 3-2 loss to Texas Tech 3-2 on Monday, also in Albuquerque. Rhoades leads the Lobos with 228 points on 193 kills, 10 aces, seven block solos and 36 block assists. She leads the league in kills and points per set at 3.92 and 4.63 respectively. Kelly Williamson is second on the team in scoring at 172.5 points with 160 kills, 102 digs and 19 blocks.
Looking at New Mexico: New Mexico is one of the original members of the Mountain West where they were picked to place second in the conference race by the coaches. The Lobos return four starters and nine letterwinners from last season's 20-10 campaign which saw them go 12-4 in league to place second. UNM advanced to the first roud of the NCAA Tournament where it lost to USC 3-0. The Lobos are coached by Jeff Nelson who is in his fifth year at New Mexico where he has a 85-45 record, he is 512-282 overall in his career.
Next Week: Broncos Host Seattle Then Travel to Air Force
The Broncos will wrap-up its four-match homestand next Tuesday, Oct. 4, when they host the Seattle University Redhawks in a nonconference contest at 7:00 p.m. in Bronco Gym. That will be followed by a Mountain West match on Saturday, Oct. 8, when Boise State travels to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado for a match that will be carried live on the MountainWest Sports Network (theMTN.tv) beginning at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain).