Boise State Opens Four-Match Homestand

Oct. 8, 2014

 

Bronco Weekly: Head coach Shawn Garus and redshirt-junior outside hitter Katelyn Kinghorn recap their weekend, and explain the importance of this four-match homestand.

 

This Week's Schedule and Quick Links 
 
Boise State's Tournament Schedule
  • Thursday (Oct. 9) at 7:00 p.m. (MT) - Nevada at Boise State (Bronco Gym)                       
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  • Saturday (Oct. 11) at 2:00 p.m. (MT) - San Jose State at Boise State (Bronco Gym)                  
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THIS WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS  
  • Boise State (8-8, 1-3 MW) is looking to end a three-match losing streak when it opens a four-match Mountain West Conference homestand with Nevada (4-9, 1-2 MW) on Thursday and San Jose State (3-13, 0-3 MW) on Saturday. 
  • The Broncos enter the week with consecutive MW losses to No. 7 Colorado State, at Air Force and at New Mexico.
  • PARKING: Parking for this week's matches will be available free in the west stadium parking lot, between Albertsons Stadium and Taco Bell Arena/Bronco Gym.
 
Thursday ● 7 p.m. ● Nevada Wolf Pack
  • The Broncos open the week by hosting longtime-rival Nevada at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Bronco Gym.  
  • PROMOTIONS: BLACK OUT, Help us Black Out Bronco Gym by wearing black to the match. Post-match autographs with the team.
  • Nevada is coming off a slow one-match week where they surprised Fresno State 3-2 on the road.
  • The Wolf Pack is currently 4-9 overall and 1-2 in league play ... they are 3-7 on the road in 2014.
  • Nevada holds a slim two-win advantage in the all-time series 26-24 ... however, the Broncos have won five straight.
  • Tessa Lea'ea leads Nevada with 154 kills to rank 10th in the MW for kills per set average at 3.14, she is 15th in hitting percentage at .280 ... she also leads the team in blocks with 60, sixth in MW at 1.22 bps. 
  • As a team, Nevada is hitting 18.4 percent on the year to rank eighth in the league ... they lead the MW in service aces per set at 1.65 to rank 20th nationally. 
  • The Wolf Pack were picked to place 11th out of 11 teams by the MW coaches in the 2014 league race. 
 
Saturday ● 2 p.m. ● San Jose State Spartans
  • San Jose State comes to town on Saturday to close this week's schedule with a 2 p.m. tip in Bronco Gym.  
  • PROMOTIONS: YMCA Day, All YMCA members who show their membership cards receive a half-priced ticket to the match. Post-match autographs with the team.
  • The Spartans also played just one match last week, a three-set loss at Fresno State on Saturday (Oct. 4). 
  • SJSU is 3-13 on the year and 0-3 in MW play.
  • San Jose State leads the all-time series 16-10, but Boise State has won seven straight. 
  • Tyanna Roy leads the Spartans with 184 kills to rank seventh in the MW for kills per set ... Sara Hibbs follows with 137 kills. 
  • As a team, San Jose State ranks last in the conference for hitting percentage at .131 ... the Spartans are third in serving at 1.46 service aces per set.   
  • The Spartans were picked by the 11 coaches to place 10th in this year's league race.
 
BRONCO NOTABLES  
  • Head coach Shawn Garus is looking for his 200th career win as a collegiate head coach ... he currently sits at 199-208 overall, 84-88 at Boise State.
  • The Broncos enter the week at 8-8 overall and 1-3 in MW play, tied for ninth with Fresno State.
  • Boise State saw a five-match win streak snapped with the loss to CSU (Sept. 27), since then the Broncos have lost three straight. 
  • Boise State has a good chance to right the ship over the next two weeks when the Broncos open a four-match homestand featuring three of the bottom four teams in the league standings: Nevada, San Jose State and Fresno State. 
  • Boise State has been led primarily by its underclassmen this season. The top three in kills are freshman Sierra Nobley at 3.77 kills per set, sophomore Maddy O'Donnell at 2.81 kps and redshirt-freshman Kaitlyn Oliver at 2.27 kps.
  • Boise State is ranked in the top 50 nationally in three different categories: hitting percentage at No. 32 (.267 pct), 26th for kills per set (13.95) and 34th in assists per set (12.95).
  • In the MW Rankings on the year, the Broncos are third for hitting percentage, second in kills per set and third in assists per set.
  
BRONCOS TO WATCH  
 
  • The junior setter is Boise State's floor leader dishing out 616 assists through 16 matches for a 11.0 per set average to rank third in the MW and 33rd nationally. 
  • Has been named to two all-tournament teams this season. 
  • Currently ranked fifth at Boise State in career assists during the rally scoring era with 1,832 and fourth in assists per set at 6.5.
 
  • The sophomore middle blocker is 13th nationally in hitting percentage (.420) and 56th for services aces per set (0.4).
  • In the MW rankings she is third in hitting percentage and aces per set, as well as 14th for kills per set at 2.81 and 10th in blocks at 1.04 per set.
  • She is second on the team in kills (132), first in service aces (19) and blocks (49). 
 
  • The freshman outside hitter has led the Broncos in kills during 11 of the 16 matches to date and has a team-high 211 on the year ... leads MW and 69th in NCAA for kills per set at 3.77. 
  • Recorded a career-high 23 kills last Thursday at Air Force (Oct. 2) while hitting 47.6 percent.
  • Named to both the Northwest Challenge and Sears Sugar Bear Classic all-tournament teams over the first two weekends of season.
 

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