Broncos Host Key MW Matches
Sept. 28, 2016

THIS WEEK FOR BRONCO VOLLEYBALL

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Thursday, Sept. 29

  • San Diego State (9-6, 1-0 MW) at Boise State (10-5, 1-1 MW)
  • Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on GameTracker
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network
  • Promotion: Mini balls and post match autographs.
  • Parking: Free parking will be available in the west Albertsons Stadium Parking Lot.

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • Nevada (9-4, 0-1 MW) at Boise State (10-5, 1-1 MW)
  • Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)
  • 2 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on GameTracker
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network
  • Promotion: Saturday present your football game ticket and get into volleyball match free ... ORANGE OUT.
  • Parking: Free parking is available only at the Lincoln Parking Garage by using the kiosks inside the garage, enter the number of the parking spot and then select the volleyball option.


WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Boise State is back at home for two Mountain West matches this week facing the San Diego State Aztecs (9-6, 1-0 MW) at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain) Thursday, followed by a 2 p.m. encounter on Saturday with the Nevada Wolf Pack (9-4, 0-1 MW), both contests will be in Bronco Gym. Boise State returns from the opening weekend of conference play on the road where the Broncos went 1-1 falling in four at UNLV, before regrouping to defeat New Mexico in five to record their first-ever win in Albuquerque versus the Lobos.
  • The preseason Mountain West poll picked Boise State to finish second, San Diego State was tied for fifth with UNLV, while Nevada was projected seventh out of the 11 teams. The Broncos are 4-6 all-time versus SDSU and have won three straight against the Aztecs. Boise State leads Nevada 28-26 all-time including nine straight wins. The Wolf Pack are the Broncos’ oldest rival in the MW with this being the 55th meeting in the series which dates back through five conferences to the late 1980s.


BRONCO STORY LINES

  • Boise State brings a 10-5 overall record and 1-1 league mark into the weekend.
  • Broncos look to keep their three win streaks alive:
  • Nine-match home win streak, 4-0 in 2016 and last five of 2015
  • Three-straight over SDSU
  • Nine-straight over Nevada
  • Last year Boise State went 15-3 in MW play, good for second place. 
  • Sierra Nobley leads the MW in double-doubles this year recording 10 in 15 matches.
  • On the year the Broncos are led by the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year Sierra Nobley with 265.5 points (236 kills, seven service aces, six block solos and 39 block assists) on the year ... Maddy O’Donnell follows with 191.5 points (142 kills, 15 service aces, eight block solos and 53 block assists).


QUICK LOOK AT SDSU

  • San Diego State enters the week at 9-6 overall and 1-0 in MW play ... they are coming off a 3-2 win at home over Utah State (Sept. 24) ... other notable wins 3-0 vs UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State.
  • SDSU returns all six starters plus the libero and 10 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 12-19 overall and 9-9 in MW play, good for a tie for fifth place.
  • Deja Harris leads the MW in hitting percentage at .436 ... Alexandra Psoma leads in kills with 172 (3.07 kps), Harris follows at 155 (2.72 kps).
  • As a team the Aztecs hit 23.2 percent (5th MW) and hold opponents to 22.6 (11th MW), they average 13.04 kills per set (5th MW).


QUICK LOOK AT NEVADA

  • Nevada enters the week at 9-4 overall and 0-1 in MW play ... the Wolf Pack is coming off a five-set home loss to Utah State (Sept. 22) ... notable wins Middle Tennessee State (3-0), at Saint Mary’s (3-1) and Gonzaga (3-2).
  • The Wolf Pack return four starters and five letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 12-18 overall and 7-11 in conference, seventh place.
  • On the year Madison Morell leads the MW in kills per set at 4.25 (217 total) ... Kathryn Groenweghe is fourth in MW for hitting percentage at .358.
  • As a team Nevada hits .263 (2nd MW) and holds opponents to .236 (11th MW) ... they average 13.24 kills per set (fourth MW).


NOBLEY MOVES TO FIFTH IN KILLS

  • Junior outside hitter Sierra Nobley became the 14th member of the Broncos’ 1,000 career kills club in the first set against Wright State (Sept. 2). 
  • She is only the second Bronco ever to reach the milestone as a junior.
  • Nobley is also the 50th player all-time to reach 1,000 kills in MW history.


O’DONNELL REACHES 300 BLOCKS

  • Senior Maddy O’Donnell is moving up the career blocks list at Boise State currently ranked 12th all-time. 
  • She started the season in 19th place with 246 career blocks ... she has added a team-high 61 to put her at 307, good for 12th. 
  • O’Donnell is the 13th Bronco all-time to reach 300 career blocks which she accomplished during the match at UNLV on Sept. 22.


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 283 to put her at 956, good for 14th all-time. 







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