Broncos Prep for San Jose State, Utah State at Bronco Gym

BOISE, Idaho After a 1-1 split on the road the Boise State volleyball team returns home to Bronco Gym to host San Jose State and Utah State in Western Athletic Conference play. The Broncos moved to 5-10 overall during the weekend, including a 2-3 WAC record. In their five WAC matches played this season, Boise State earned one of their wins over San Jose State (7-10, 3-4 WAC) and will look to go 2-0 against the Spartans this Thurs., Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The Broncos will face Utah State (5-11, 3-2 WAC) for the first time this season on Sat., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

 

Saturday's match will be a "Pinkout" in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness. The Broncos will be wearing pink uniforms to show their support for the cause. 

 

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The Boise State Broncos...

Boise State enters the weekend with a 5-10 record and a 2-3 WAC record. They will look to improve their 1-4 home court record facing San Jose State, a team they are 1-0 against this season, as well as Utah State.

 

The Broncos are led by sophomore Sadie Maughan who has 121 kills and a .313 hitting percentage this season. She also sits in second on the team with 62 total blocks (10 solo) while leading the team in points with 163.0. Freshman Lydia Blaha leads the team in blocks with 69 total and 14 solo on the season. Senior Mandy Klein has registered 465 set assists on the season while sharing the No. 2 spot on the team in service aces with 10. Sophomore Lauren Hamm shares that No. 2 spot in service aces with Klein while also leading the team in digs with 197 on the year. Sophomore Alisha King leads the team in service aces with 13.

 

Boise State currently holds the No. 6 spot in the WAC standings sitting just behind Utah State and SJSU. As a team, the Broncos lead the conference in blocks while also sitting at No. 3 in the rankings in opponent hitting percentage. Maughan holds the No. 6 spot in hitting percentage and No. 5 in blocks while Blaha holds the No. 3 spot in blocks. Hamm is the only other ranked Bronco in the WAC standings, sitting at No. 5 in digs.

 

The Broncos move from No. 12 to No. 6 in the nation in blocks per set with 2.89 while Blaha holds the No. 38 spot with 1.23 blocks per set. Maughan moved into the top-100 in the same category with a 1.15 blocks per set for No. 62 on the charts.

 

The San Jose State Spartans...

San Jose State holds a 7-10 record (3-4 WAC) on the season and are coming of a 1-1 split last weekend. They fell to New Mexico State at home 0-3 before bouncing back to a 3-0 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

 

The Spartans are led by Kelly Crow who has produced 228 kills on the season and a .274 hitting percentage. Crow also has totaled 138 digs and leads the team in points with 242.5 this year. Kristal Tsukano has been a big factor for the Spartans in the back court, tallying 205 digs and serving up 10 aces this season. Colleen Burke will be another Spartan to look out for with a hitting percentage of .349 and 118 kills this season she also leads the team in aces with 20. Setter Emily Burke has totaled 503 assists on the season and is second on the team in aces with 14. Leading the team in blocks, Nia Freeman has produced 49 on the season, including eight solo.

 

As a team SJSU sits at No. 5 in the WAC standings with their 3-4 record, just ahead of the Broncos. The Spartans rank No. 2 in hitting percentage in the WAC as well as No. 3 in assists and No. 2 in kills. Overall, Kelly Crow ranks No. 5 in points and in kills as well as No. 9 in hitting percentage. Colleen Burke sits at No. 4 in the WAC for overall hitting percentage as well as No. 5 in aces. Emily Burke ranks No. 5 in assists while Kristal Tsukano ranks No. 8 in digs. Niki Clement rounds out the Spartans ranked players at No. 10 in kills.

 

The Spartans are ranked in the top-100 in the nation as a team in hitting percentage at No. 85 (0.228) and No. 91 in kills per set (12.94). Kelly Crow is the only player ranked in the top-100 individually, holding the No. 93 spot in kills per set (3.56).

 

San Jose State leads the Broncos in the all-time series 14-3 with the Broncos breaking a six-match winning streak by the Spartans earlier this season. The Broncos defeated SJSU, 3-0, on Sept. 18 to break the streak.

 

 

The Utah State Aggies...

Utah State enters the weekend after a 1-1 split against New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech last weekend. The Aggies earned a 3-0 win over the Lady Techsters on Thursday before falling at home to New Mexico State, 0-3.

 

The Aggies are led by Melissa Osterloh who has 219 kills, 23 service aces and 259.5 points this season. Katie Astle has added 104 kills (.355 percentage) while also sitting second on the team in blocks with 57 total (two solo). Setter Chelsea Fowles leads the team in assists with 583 while also sitting in second in ace serves with 15. Rebecca Anderson leads the team in blocks with 59 (one solo) while Christine Morrill has a team high of 229 digs.

 

The Aggies currently tie for the No. 3 spot in the WAC standings, three above the Broncos, with a 3-2 record. As a team they rank No. 3 in service aces in the WAC overall team statistics list while also ranking No. 5 in hitting percentage and blocks. Osterloh ranks No. 4 in kills, No. 2 in service aces and No. 4 in points in the individual rankings. Astle holds a No. 3 ranking in hitting percentage in the WAC standings while Chelsea Fowles ranks No. 3 in assists. Christine Morrill holds the No. 4 spot in digs to round out the ranked Aggie players.

 

Utah State ranks No. 88 in the nation in blocks per set (2.21) as a team while Melissa Osterloh holds a No. 72 spot in kills per set (3.65) and Chelsea Fowles ranks No. 98 in assists per set (9.72) to round out the Aggies’ top-100 rankings.

 

Boise State leads Utah State in the all-time series 15-10, however Utah State holds a two match winning streak, winning both matches in 2007 against the Broncos, 3-0.

 

 

 

 


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