What's Happening This Week Broncos to Watch
The Broncos will now hit the road for two contests over the weekend, Saturday and Monday, beginning with the U.S. Air Force Academy (3-14, 0-4 MW) at USAFA, Colo., on Saturday night. The encounter between the Falcons and Broncos will be televised live on the Mountain West Sports Network at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain). Boise State will then wrap-up the weekend competition with a 7:00 p.m. nonconference match Monday night at Utah Valley University (11-6, 1-0 GWC) in Orem.
Boise State's First Nationally Televised Match
Boise State's entrance into the Mountain West means that Bronco athletic teams will be featured on several television networks on a regular basis, most notably on the Mountain West Sports Network, The Mtn. This Saturday's volleyball match at Air Force will be the first televised Boise State volleyball match in history over a national network.
Where to find The Mtn. in Idaho
Direct TV 616
Cable One 329
Dish Network not available
A Quick Look at Boise State
Tuesday Night - Boise State Falls To Seattle U. 3-1
BOISE, Idaho (10/4/2011) - Boise State fell 3-1 to Seattle in a nonconference match Tuesday night in Bronco Gym at Boise. The Broncos won the first set then struggled through the next three as Seattle seized momentum and eventually the match victory.
Boise State which has played solid throughout the season, suffered through an off night as they fell in four to Seattle.
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 201.5 points on 187 kills (2.7 kps), hits .243 percent and has 28 blocks on the year. Harden passed teammate Elizabeth Griffin this past week on the all-time career points top-10 list with 691.5 to rank seventh 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); career-high seven block assists versus Seattle on Oct. 4.
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 197 points while hitting .162 percent with 173 kills, seven aces, six solo blocks and 22 block assists. She recorded a career-high for kills with 18 against Drake on Aug. 27, a career best six block assists versus New Mexico (10/1/11) 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 eighth overall after adding 161.5 points this year for a total of 690.5. Griffin is fourth in points this season with 150 kills (.150) and 23 block assists.
Brittany Reardon, redshirt-freshman middle blocker: Reardon is ranked 28th nationally (as of 10/2/11) and is currently second in the Mountain West in hitting percentage at .371. She has made an early impact for the Broncos ranking third in points with 165 on 131 kills, five aces, five solo blocks and team high 48 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 by the WAC 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 520 this season for a career total of 2,824. Nesselhuf is also ranked fourth in career assists average at 9.35, she is averaging 7.84 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 303 digs. She recently moved into the top 10 all-time for career digs, currently ranked 9th with 1,081.
The Man in Charge
Shawn Garus, Head Coach: Garus is in his third season in charge of the Broncos where he has gone 39-42 overall, including a 10-8 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 154-162 (.487) in his 11th season.
Matches 19-20, Broncos Hit the Road for Two
Scouting Match #19 versus Air Force
The Match/Series: Saturday's match with Air Force will mark the first time that the Broncos have played on national television, on The Mtn. The Falcons bring a 3-14 overall mark and 0-4 MW record into the match. The winner will snap its longest losing skid of the season, Boise State stands at three while Air Force is at eight. It will also be the third time the two programs have met with the Broncos winning the two previous encounters, including a 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18) decision at Air Force last year.
The Falcons Recently: Air Force is currently on a eight-match losing streak which includes four in league play. Last week they lost a pair of home conference matches to New Mexico (3-0) and TCU (3-0). Ayesha Hein leads the Falcons with 189.5 points, 156 kills, 13 aces and 37 blocks, followed by Cami Richan with 183 points, 167 kills, 10 aces and 12 blocks.
Looking at Air Force: Air Force is a charter member of the Mountain West where it was picked eighth in this year's coaches poll. The Falcons return two starters and seven letterwinners from last season's 4-25 campaign. Air Force is in its second season under the direction of head coach Matt McShane who is 7-39 at the school.
Scouting Match #20 Versus Utah Valley
The Match/Series: The Utah Valley brings an 11-6 overall record into the match. Monday's contest is the first of two scheduled this season with the Wolverines returning the trip to Boise on Nov. 1. This will be the 10th meeting in the series with UVU holding a 7-2 advantage. Last year the two squads split a series with the Broncos winning 3-0 in Boise and losing 3-1 in Orem.
The Wolverines Recently: Utah Valley is entering the weekend coming off a split last week losing 3-0 at Idaho State before rallying to win 3-1 at North Dakota its Great West Conference opener. They will host two GWC matches against Chicago State and NJIT prior to meeting Boise State. Erica Nish leads UVU with 204.5 points, 134 kills, 28 aces and 79 blocks, followed by Chelsey Heaps with 184.5 points, 162 kills, six aces, and 31 blocks.
Looking at Utah Valley: The Wolverines are members of the Great West Conference where they were picked to place second out of six teams by the coaches. UVU returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last season's 21-11 campaign when they went 9-3 in GWC play to finish second. The Wolverines are in their 13th season under coach Sam Atoa who is 283-132 at the school.