Broncos Head to New Mexico and CSU Bakersfield

WHAT'S HAPPENING:  The Broncos (8-9, 1-2 MW) hits the road for its first Mountain West match of the year away from Boise when Boise State travels to Albuquerque, N.M., for a Thursday night encounter with the New Mexico Lobos at 7:00 p.m. in The Pit. They will then travel to play a nonconference match at CSU Bakersfield at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) Saturday night in the Icardo Center.  

  New Mexico was picked one spot a head of the Broncos in sixth place, while Boise State was projected to place seventh in the MW preseason poll.   

THE NEW MEXICO-BOISE STATE:  This is a young series in which New Mexico leads 3-0, including sweeping the Broncos last year 3-1 in Boise and 3-0 in Albuquerque.    

  This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs in volleyball and the first of two encounters this year. The Roadrunners will return the trip to Boise on Nov. 4.    

BOISE STATE'S RECORD:  Boise State brings a 8-9 overall record and a 1-2 conference mark into Thursday's match at New Mexico. The Broncos are 3-7 on the road this year going 1-4 on the opponents' courts and 2-3 on neutral floors.  

LIVE STATS: Please click on the link below for the live stats page.
New Mexico Match
CSU Bakersfield Match

Looking at the New Mexico Match
NEW MEXICO'S RECORD:  The Broncos will be facing a Lobo team that defeated MW favorites Colorado State two weeks ago in Albuquerque. The Lobos are having a solid season to date going 15-4 overall and 2-2 in conference, but are coming off a pair road losses at Fresno State (1-3) and UNLV (0-3) last weekend.

  Boise State will need to deal with UNM's Chantale Riddle who leads the MW on the year with 282 kills and a 4.15 per set average, she also has 74 blocks. Lena Skipper is second on the team in kills with 122.

AS A TEAM:  New Mexico as a team has hit .218 percent (6th MW) on the year, while holding opponents to .142 percent (2nd MW). The Lobos average 12.17 kills per set (8th MW).  In conference play New Mexico ranks eighth in hitting percentage at .143 percent.

Looking at the CSUB Match
CSU BAKERSFIELD'S RECORD:  The Roadrunners bring a 7-9 overall record into the week with matches against Boise State and Bucknell. CSUB saw a five match win streak broken last weekend when it lost at home to New Mexico (1-3) followed by a road loss at Loyola Marymount (0-3). The Roadrunners are 4-1 at home this year.

ROADRUNNER LEADERS:  The top player the Broncos will need to keep an eye on is Debora Araujo who has 2251 kills and 41 blocks on the year, Kelsee Sawyer follows with 141 kills and 22 blocks.

  CSU Bakersfield as a team has hit .191 percent on the year, while holding opponents to .208 percent. The Roadrunners have more kills than opponents 734 to 690 and have recorded 123 blocks and 100 service aces on the season.  

Boise State Week in Review

Last Week Versus Air Force

RESULT:  Boise State dominated its lone match of the week with a 25-14, 25-22, 25-21 Mountain West win over Air Force to conclude a three match homestand to open league play.

BRIEF RECAP:  Boise State opened the first set with a 9-0 run and never let up as the Broncos collected their first conference win of the season against the Falcons.  The Broncos were dominant in the first and second sets never trailing during the two periods. The third set was a battle from the start as they traded four leads and were tied nine times. Boise State seized momentum with a 8-1 run that turned a 17-15 deficit into a 23-18 lead, eventually putting the match away with a 25-21 third set victory.    

STATISTICALLY:  Boise State hit .299 percent on the night and held Air Force to .159 percent. Alyssa Gammel led with 12.5 points on 11 kills, one ace and one block. Harden had 12 points on 11 kills and two blocks while hitting a team-high .524 percent.  

Boise State Notes

Looking at Boise State as a Team
The Broncos are hitting .238 percent on the year to rank fourth in the Mountain West, however, they lead the conference during league play hitting .240 percent.

On the year, Boise State is tied with New Mexico in the MW for overall kills with 876, but are in sole possession of second in kills per set at 13.69.

Boise State is second in assists with a per set average of 12.88, in conference play they rank fourth averaging 12.46.

The Broncos are second in service aces with 87 on the year to rank fourth in per set average at 1.36.

Defensively, Boise State is third in digs with a per set average of 14.70 and seventh in blocks at 2.03 per set this season. The Broncos are fourth in blocks during league action at 2.65 per set.   

Player Highlights
Sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Gammel, a transfer from Virginia Tech, has been named to three consecutive all-tournament teams: Northwest Challenge (Aug. 24-25), Sacramento State Invitational (Aug. 1-Sept. 1) and Boise State Invitational (Sept. 7-8).

Senior outside hitter Liz Harden has also been named to three all-tournament teams: the Sacramento State Invitational (Aug. 1-Sept. 1), given the MVP honor at the Boise State Invitational (Sept. 7-8), followed by Arizona Desert Classic All-Tournament Team honors (Sept. 14-15).

Senior libero Kersti Whitney has been named to two all-tournament teams: Boise State Invitational (Sept. 7-8) and Arizona Desert Classic (Sept. 14-15).

Liz Harden leads the team in kills on the year with 232 for a 3.62 per set average (3rd MW). Harden is hitting .311 percent (8th MW).

Liz Harden leads the Mountain West in hitting percentage, kills and points during conference action hitting .407 percent with a 4.92 kills and 5.46 points per set averages.

Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - She recorded a career-high 32 kills at home against UNLV on Sept. 22.  That match total ranks fourth all-time in program history and is a new school record for the rally scoring era.

Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Harden's 36.5 points scored on Sept. 22 at home against UNLV set a new school record for points in a match.

Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - ranks fifth in career points with 1,080.5 to date.  Note - the points statistic did not start until rally scoring was adopted for the 2001 season.

Liz Harden, has 965 career kills, she needs 35 more to reach the 1,000 kill milestone.   

Alyssa Gammel is second on the team in kills with 222 to rank tied for fourth in the MW for kills per set at 3.47. She is hitting .207 percent on the season.

Alyssa Gammel is seventh in the MW for points per set on the year at 3.8 with a total of 243.5 points.

Alyssa Gammel has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 10 of 17 matches. Gammel is second in digs on the team with 170.

Brittany Reardon, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker, is ranked fourth in the MW for hitting percent at .332, she also has a team third-best 121 kills.

Brittany Reardon leads Boise State in blocks with 62 and is ranked ninth in the MW for blocks per set at 1.02.

Brittany Reardon, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Reardon recorded 12 blocks at Seattle U. on Sept. 11 tying for the second most all-time in a match for a Bronco, its tied for first during the rally scoring era.

Taylor Murphey, sophomore rightside hitter, has 84 kills and is second in blocks with 43.

Sarah Webster, redshirt freshman middle blocker, is third on the team in blocks with 30. She ranks second in the MW during league play with a 1.7 per set average with a total of 17 blocks.

Sarah Webster, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Webster had a career-high eight blocks against Air Force at home on Sept. 28, tying the school record for blocks in a three set match during the rally scoring era (since 2001).

Casey Rose, junior setter, is ranked seventh in the MW for assists per set at 6.20. She has a team-high total of 397 assists. She is also ranked seventh in league play with a 7.31 average.

Casey Rose recorded a career-high 45 assists versus UNLV in Bronco Gym on Sept. 22.

Kersti Whitney, senior libero, leads the team defensively with 283 digs to rank third in the MW at 4.42 digs per set.

Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - currently has 994 career digs, she needs six to reach the 1,000 digs milestone.  She needs 30 to move into the school record book for career digs which would tie Cyndi Neece for 10th with 1,024.

Sarah Baugh, freshman setter, is second on the team and ninth in the MW for assists per set at 5.34, she has a total of 326 assists to date.

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