Boise State Plays Split Schedule This Week
Broncos travel to Utah State, then return home to host San Jose State.
Kaitlyn Oliver is the reigning MW Offensive Player of the Week.
Oct. 5, 2015
WEEK THREE OF CONFERENCE PLAY
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Thursday, Oct. 8
THIS WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS
- Match 2: San Jose State at Boise State; 7 p.m. (Mountain) in Bronco Gym
- Parking will be available in the west Albertsons Stadium parking lot.
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at Utah State; Tuesday, Oct. 6
- Boise State (10-6, 2-2 MW) has a split schedule this week traveling to play at Utah State (4-14, 0-4 MW) on Tuesday, then returns home to host San Jose State (10-7, 2-2 MW) at 7 p.m. (all times are Mountain) on Thursday.
San Jose State; Thursday, Oct. 8
- The Broncos will bus down I-84 on Monday to play at Utah State Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Logan.
- The Aggies have struggled a little this season going 4-14 overall and 0-4 in league play ... they lost at home to Fresno State 3-1 and UNLV 3-2 this past weekend.
- USU was picked to finish eighth in the MW preseason poll returning two starters, the libero and eight letterwinners from 2014.
- Kaylie Kamalu leads the Aggies with 208 kills for a 3.15 per set average (6th MW) ... Rachel Gale has added 202 kills to average 3.11 (8th MW).
- As a team Utah State has been hitting 14.5 percent and averaging 10.74 kills per set.
- Boise State holds a slim one win margin in the all-time series 18-17 ... Utah State leads 11-3 in contests played at Logan, including a five-set win last year ... they split last year with home team winning each time.
BRONCO NOTABLES Shawn Garus, Head Coach
- The week continues Thursday night when the Broncos host the San Jose State Spartans at 7 p.m. in Bronco Gym.
- SJSU enters the week 10-7 overall and 2-2 in conference following a home split last weekend defeating Air Force 3-0 before falling to New Mexico 3-0.
- The Spartans were picked to place 11th in the MW preseason poll, they return five starters plus the libero and six letterwinners from 2014.
- Tyanna Roy leads the Spartans with 161 kills for a 2.48 per set average ... Sara Hibbs follows with 155 kills to average 2.63 kps and is hitting a team-best 30.1 percent (9th MW).
- As a team San Jose State hits 19 percent (8th MW), averages 12.57 kills (4th MW) per set and holds opponents to 15.5 percent hitting (2nd MW).
- San Jose State leads the all-time series 16-12 ... Boise State leads the MW league series 4-0 ... last year the Broncos swept the Spartans 3-1 in Boise and 3-0 on the road.
Team Statistical Rankings
- Garus currently sits at 219-218 overall in his 15-year career as a collegiate head coach.
- Garus is currently 104-98 at Boise State in his seventh season.
- Garus hit the 100 win milestone at Boise State when the Broncos defeated Abilene Christian 3-0 on Sept. 12.
- Garus ranks second in total wins in program history.
Sarah Baugh, Setter
- The week the Broncos lead the Mountain West and are ranked high nationally in three statistical categories.
- Hitting percentage of .266 leads the MW and is 23rd nationally ... they finished 2014 ranked 24th nationally at .263, a school record.
- They average 14.71 kills per set to lead the MW and rank second nationally ... they finished last year ranked 17th in NCAA at 14.21 kps.
- Boise State dishes out 13.83 assists per set to lead the MW and rank second nationally ... the Broncos were 15th nationally at the end of 2014 at 13.25.
Sierra Nobley, Outside Hitter
- On the year, senior setter Sarah Baugh leads the MW and is third nationally in assists per set at 12.12.
- She also leads the MW and is ranked 18th in NCAA for total assists at 715.
- Became the sixth Bronco all-time to reach 3,000 career assists milestone when she had 70 at Colorado State (Sept. 26) to give her 3,022.
- The 70 assists versus CSU was a career-high and ranks as the 8th most all-time in program history, as well as the most during the rally scoring era.
- She recorded 54 assists against UNLV (Oct. 1) to move into fifth-place in career assists at Boise State with 3,076, passing current Boise State assistant coach Breann (Nesselhuf) Crowell who had 3,075 (2009-11).
- She enters the week with 3,140 career assists and needs to reach 3,584 to tie for fourth.
- Recorded her eighth double-double of the year against Fresno State (Oct. 3) with 63 assists and 11 digs ... tied for most double-doubles in the MW for 2015.
- Her 16 career double-doubles ranks third in the MW among active players in 2015.
Kaitlyn Oliver, Middle Blocker
- Sophomore outside hitter Sierra Nobley has led the Broncos in kills during 13 of 16 matches this season.
- Leads MW and is ranked ninth nationally for kills per set at 4.64.
- Nobley leads the MW and is eighth in NCAA for points per set at 5.25.
- Leads MW and ranked 24th nationally in total kills with 269.
- She ranks ninth in the nation for attacks per set at 12.33.
- Has four double-doubles on the year ... last came against Fresno State (Oct. 3) with 20 kills and 13 digs.
Maddy O’Donnell, Middle Blocker / Outside Hitter
- Redshirt-sophomore Kaitlyn Oliver leads the Broncos for blocks per set at 0.88 with 52 total on the year.
- Oliver ranks second in MW and 22nd nationally in hitting percentage at .413.
- Has been named the MW offensive Player of the Week twice in 2015 on Sept. 7 and Oct. 5.
- Second on team in kills with 153 (2.59 kps).
- Hit a career-high 60 percent for 17 kills in Bronco come from behind victory over UNLV (Oct. 1).
Maddi Osburn, Libero
- Third on the team in total kills with 118 ... fourth in kills per set at 2.37 on the season.
- Ranked eighth in Mountain West for hitting percentage at .321.
- Ranked second in MW and 67th nationally for digs per set at 4.64.
- Ranked third in MW and 84th in NCAA for total digs with 274.
- During league competition she leads the MW in digs per set at 5.06.
- Tallied 37 digs in Boise State win at North Texas (Sept. 11), third most in program history and currently ranked fifth in NCAA for a five-set match during 2015 and tied for fifth in all matches.
- Recorded a team-high 32 digs at Colorado State (Sept. 26), tied for sixth most all-time at Boise State.