WHAT'S HAPPENING: The Broncos (9-10, 1-3 MW) are home for two key Mountain West contests as Boise State hosts the San Diego State Aztecs (11-6, 3-2 MW) on Thursday night and the Nevada Wolf Pack (4-14, 1-4 MW) on Saturday, both contests have 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) starts in Bronco Gym.
MW POLL: San Diego State was picked second in the league's preseason coaches poll, while Boise State was projected to place seventh and Nevada eighth.
THE SDSU-BOISE STATE SERIES: This is another young series for Boise State who has yet to defeat San Diego State and trails the series 0-3. Last year the Aztecs won both meetings 3-0.
THE NEVADA-BOISE STATE SERIES: This will be a renewal of a series that dates back to 1981 and spans five conferences. The series has been played 46 times previously with the Wolf Pack holding a slight 26-20 edge in the series. The two former WAC rivals split the season series in 2010 with the road team winning 3-1 on both occasions.
BOISE STATE'S RECORD: Boise State brings a 9-10 overall record and a 1-3 conference mark into Thursday's match against San Diego State. The Broncos split two road matches last week falling in five at New Mexico on Thursday (Oct. 4) before rebounding to take down CSU Bakersfield 3-1 in California on Saturday (Oct. 6). Boise State is 5-2 at home in Bronco Gym this season.
LIVE STATS: You can find the live stats for all home matches at, http://www.broncosports.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml
Busy Week at Boise State, What Fans Need to Know
THURSDAY'S TICKET PROMOTION: Thursday is the annual "PINK OUT" in support of breast cancer awareness. All fans wearing pink will get the special price of $4 per ticket. On Thursday we will also have our "Fan Zone." The Boise State cheerleaders and Buster Bronco will have a table outside the gym doing face paint, ribbons, and autographs.
SATURDAY'S TICKET PROMOTION: On Saturday, all fans with a football ticket will get in free to the Nevada-Boise State volleyball match.
PARKING: With Cirque Du Soleil performing Thursday thru Sunday at Taco Bell Arena and Saturday's football game with Fresno State at 1:30 p.m., parking is limited. The Liberal Arts and Library parking lots are reserved for volleyball fans on both days, on a first come first serve basis.
Looking at the San Diego State Match
SDSU'S RECORD: Boise State will be facing one of the MW's favorites entering the season in San Diego State who is currently 11-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Aztecs swept two home matches last week defeating Fresno State and UNLV by 3-2 scores.
AZTEC LEADERS: Boise State will be challenged by Summer Nash who leads SDSU with a team-high 209 kills to ranked 8th in the MW for kills per set at 3.07. She is backed up by preseason All-MW honoree Andrea Hannasch who is hitting .316 (7th MW) on the year with 185 kills and 75 blocks to rank eighth in blocks per set at 1.09 on the year.
AS A TEAM: San Diego State as a team has hit .234 percent (3rd MW) on the year, while holding opponents to .186 percent (5th MW). The Aztecs average 13.55 kills per set (3rd MW). In conference play SDSU ranks sixth in hitting percentage at .191 percent.
Looking at the Nevada Match
NEVADA'S RECORD: The Wolf Pack bring a 4-14 overall and 1-4 MW record into the week with matches at Air Force and Boise State on its slate. After shocking San Diego State (3-2) in its league opener, Nevada has lost four straight matches at Colorado State (0-3) and at Wyoming (2-3), followed by two losses at home last weekend to UNLV (2-3) and Fresno State (0-3).
WOLF PACK LEADERS: Boise State will need to counter Nevada's top player Tessa Lea'ea leading the team with 214 kills and ranked ninth in the MW for kills per set at 3.06 on the year, she is hitting .283 in league play to rank ninth. Janelle Batista follows with 163 kills on the season.
AS A TEAM: Nevada has hit .140 percent (9th MW) on the year, while opponents have countered at .238 percent. The Wolf Pack are among the better blocking and serving teams in the conference ranked fifth in blocks per set at 2.43 and fourth in aces per set at 1.14 during league play.
Boise State Notes
Looking at Boise State as a Team
The Broncos are hitting .233 percent on the year to rank fourth in the Mountain West. In conference matches they are hitting .216 percent (4th MW).
On the year, Boise State leads the MW for overall kills with 1,000 and are ranked second in kills per set at 13.70, the Broncos are also second in MW matches at 13.61.
Boise State is second in assists with a per set average of 12.90, in conference play they lead the MW averaging 12.83.
The Broncos are second in service aces with 94 on the year but rank fourth in per set average at 1.29.
Defensively, Boise State is third in digs with a per set average of 14.45 and seventh in blocks at 2.14 per set this season. The Broncos are seventh in blocks during league action at 2.36 per set.
Liz Harden leads the team in kills on the year with 268 for a 3.67 per set average (3rd MW). Harden is hitting .305 percent (9th MW).
Liz Harden leads the Mountain West in kills and points during conference action with a 4.39 kills and 4.81 points per set averages. She is third in hitting percentage at .337 percent.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - She recorded a career-high 32 kills at home against UNLV on Sept. 22. That match total ranks fourth all-time in program history and is a new school record for the rally scoring era.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Harden's 36.5 points scored on Sept. 22 at home against UNLV set a new school record for points in a match.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - ranks fifth in career points with 1,119 to date. She needs 42.5 to tie for fourth at 1,161.5. Note - the points statistic did not start until rally scoring was adopted for the 2001 season.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - reached the 1,000 career kill milestone on Oct. 6 at CSU Bakersfield where she recorded a team-high 21 to give her 1,001 all-time, becoming only the fourth Bronco ever to join the 1,000 kill club. Harden needs 38 more to tie Melissa Dahl (1991-94) for 10th all-time at Boise State.
Alyssa Gammel is second on the team in kills with 259 to rank fourth in the MW for kills per set at 3.55. She is hitting .213 percent on the season and .231 in MW matches.
Alyssa Gammel is sixth in the MW for points per set on the year at 3.90 with a total of 285 points.
Alyssa Gammel has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 11 of 19 matches. Gammel is second in digs on the team with 189.
Brittany Reardon, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker, is ranked eighth in the MW for hitting percent at .311, she also has a team third-best 133 kills.
Brittany Reardon leads Boise State in blocks with 67 and is ranked ninth in the MW for blocks per set at 0.99.
Brittany Reardon, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Reardon recorded 12 blocks at Seattle U. on Sept. 11 tying for the second most all-time in a match for a Bronco, its tied for first during the rally scoring era.
Taylor Murphey, sophomore rightside hitter, has 95 kills and is second in blocks with 50.
Sarah Webster, redshirt freshman middle blocker, is fourth on the team in blocks with 34.
Sarah Webster, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Webster had a career-high eight blocks against Air Force at home on Sept. 28, tying the school record for blocks in a three set match during the rally scoring era (since 2001).
Casey Rose, junior setter, is ranked seventh in the MW for assists per set at 6.40. She has a team-high total of 467 assists. She is also ranked seventh in league play with a 7.22 average.
Casey Rose recorded a career-high 45 assists versus UNLV in Bronco Gym on Sept. 22.
Kersti Whitney, senior libero, leads the team defensively with 314 digs to rank fourth in the MW at 4.30 digs per set, she is fifth in MW action at 3.83 dps.
Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - reached the 1,000 career digs milestone at New Mexico on Oct. 4 when she recorded 19 to give her 1,013 all-time. In the next match at CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 8 she moved into the top-10 in program history with 12 more digs to give her 1,025 surpassing Cyndi Neece (1993-96) for 10th who had 1,024.
Sarah Baugh, freshman setter, is second on the team and ninth in the MW for assists per set at 5.24 on the season, she has a total of 367 assists to date.
Leah Stevens, junior middle blocker, RECORD BOOK WATCH - recorded a career-high 12 blocks at CSU Bakersfield (Oct. 8) to tie Reardon and four others for the second most all-time in a match at Boise State. The total is tied for first in a four-set match since the inception of rally scoring.