Boise State (11-5, 4-0 MW) will host a pair of contests this week beginning when 23rd-ranked Colorado State (14-2, 4-0 MW) comes to town Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. (Mountain) start in a showdown for first place.
The weekend will conclude when the Broncos entertain Wyoming (7-9, 2-2 MW) at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
LAST WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS
The Broncos were on the road this past weekend where they swept a pair of contests to extend their Mountain West Conference win streak to 18 straight with wins at New Mexico (3-1) and UNLV (3-0).
Boise State started the New Mexico match out slow dropping the first set before regrouping to dominate the next three periods by and average of 13 points per set.
Versus UNM Sabryn Roberts led the team with 15 kills, Janell Walley matched Roberts' kills and added 14 digs and career-high eight blocks.
Boise State swept UNLV on Saturday, once again led by Roberts with a team-high 17 kills, followed by Walley with 12.
ABOUT COLORADO STATE
The Rams enter the week ranked 23rd nationally by the AVCA with a 14-2 overall record and 4-0 league mark.
CSU is coming off a pair of road victories at Wyoming (3-0) and Air Force (3-0).
Colorado State is averaging 13.9 kills per set (2nd MW) while hitting .317 percent (1st MW / 5th NCAA) on the year ... the Rams are holding opponents to .168 percent hitting (2nd MW).
CSU was picked to win the league race in the MW preseason poll after returning five starters, the libero and 11 letterwinners from last year's team.
This will be the 14th meeting in the all-time series which is led by Colorado State 12-1 ... the Broncos won the meeting between the two last year 3-2 in Boise.
The Cowgirls enter the week at 7-9 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Wyoming is coming off a split last week falling at home to Colorado State (3-0), then regrouped to defeat Air Force (3-0) on the road.
Wyoming is averaging 12.3 kills per set (8th MW) while hitting .20.9 percent (7th MW) as a team ... meanwhile the Cowgirls hold opponents to .17.8 percent (4th MW).
The Cowgirls were picked to place fourth in the 2017 MW race after returning three starters, the libero and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad.
This is the 23rd meeting in the series which is tied 11 all ... Boise State won the lone meeting last year 3-0 at Laramie, which clinched the MW title for the Broncos on Nov. 18.
BRONCO STORY LINES
MW 18-MATCH WIN STREAK
Boise State has an active 18-match MW win streak which includes the last 14 league contests of 2016 and the first four of this season.
DROPPED ONE SET IN LAST FIVE MATCHES
Boise State has won five straight matches during which time the Broncos have lost one set, the first set at New Mexico (Sept. 28).
BRONCOS LEAD MW
Boise State leads the league in five statistical categories entering the week: opponent hitting percentage .166, kills per set at 14.41, assists per set at 13.39, total digs at 905 and digs per set at 16.16.
BOISE STATE TOP NCAA RANKINGS
The Broncos are ranked 15th in the NCAA for kills per set (14.41), 16th for assists per set (13.39) and 40th for opponents hitting percentage.
Boise State is ranked 50th in the first NCAA RPI of the year.
Colorado State is the only other MW team to make the top 50 coming at 31, New Mexico is No. 100.
Seven of Boise State's 12 nonconference opponents are in the top 100: Minnesota (4), BYU (18), Missouri (35), Oregon State (40), Arizona State (73), Portland State (91), Santa Clara (93).
NOBLEY LEADS THE MW IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
The senior outside hitter leads the MW with a league-high 42 career doubles, including seven this season.
NOBLEY AMONG NCAA CAREER LEADERS
Sierra Nobley is currently ranked among the NCAA's top-6 for 2017's active players in four categories: third for career kills (1,677), third for kills per set (4.52), fourth for total attacks (4,292) and fifth for attacks per set (11.57).
OSBURN IN NCAA TOP-25 CAREER DIGS
Senior libero Maddi Osburn is currently ranked 21st among active 2017 NCAA players for career digs with 1,524.
AVCA RANKED OPPONENTS
Boise State will face three teams currently ranked in the AVCA Poll: No. 6 Minnesota (Sept. 15) and No. 8 BYU (Aug. 31) and No. 23 Colorado State (Oct. 5) all at Bronco Gym in Boise, will play at CSU Nov. 4.
Missouri entered the year at No. 19 and was in those receiving votes (2nd) when the Broncos defeated the Tigers (Sept. 2) in Bronco Gym.
BYU was ranked No. 10 when the Broncos played them, while Minnesota was No. 1.