Broncos on the Road in California
Oct. 12, 2016

THIS WEEK FOR BRONCO VOLLEYBALL

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Thursday, Oct. 13

  • Boise State (13-6, 4-2 MW) at San Jose State (8-10, 1-5 MW)
  • San Jose State (Events Center)
  • 7 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on GameTracker
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network

Saturday, Oct. 15

  • Boise State (13-6, 4-2 MW) at Fresno State (10-7, 1-5 MW)
  • Fresno, Calif. (Clovis North High School)
  • 2 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats 
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Boise State (13-6, 4-2 MW) continues Mountain West play on the road this week at San Jose State (8-10, 1-5 MW) on Thursday and at Fresno State (10-7, 1-5 MW) Saturday afternoon. The Broncos are coming off a pair of 3-0 sweeps at Air Force and at home over Utah State. They look to carry momentum into two key road matches this weekend as Boise State closes the first half of league play. Both San Jose State and Fresno State are coming off road losses at San Diego State and Nevada last week.

The preseason Mountain West poll picked Boise State to finish second, Fresno State was selected eighth, while San Jose State was projected 10th out of the 11 teams. The Broncos are 16-14 all-time versus San Jose State and have won 11 straight. Boise State and Fresno State have had a classic rivalry where 13 of the last 17 encounters have gone to five sets including both in 2015. The Broncos have won four straight over Fresno State, but the Bulldogs lead the series 20-12.


BRONCO STORY LINES

  • Boise State brings a 13-6 overall record and 4-2 league mark into the weekend.
  • Broncos are ranked 43rd in the latest NCAA RPI ranking of the fall.
  • Sierra Nobley leads the MW in double-doubles this year recording 11 in 19 matches, she is third among active players in the MW with 28 in her career.
  • Nobley is looking to move up in the all-time career kills list at Boise State currently in third with 1,247, she needs 34 to tie Kelly Baker for second with 1,281.
  • Maddi Osburn enters the week with 1,016 digs, she is looking for nine digs to move into 12th place (1,025) for career digs and 30 for 11th place (1,046).
  • Maddy O’Donnell moved into ninth place for career blocks in the win over Utah State (Oct. 8) with 333, she needs 29 for 10th place (362).
  • Nobley needs 5.5 points to move into fifth place on the Boise State career list, she currently has 1,393.0 and needs to reach 1,398.5.
  • On the year the Broncos are led by the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year Sierra Nobley with 340 points (302 kills, eight service aces, 10 block solos and 40 block assists) on the year ... Maddy O’Donnell follows with 239 points (174 kills, 17 service aces, nine block solos and 78 block assists).
  • Boise State is hitting 22.9 percent as a team and holding opponents to 18.2 percent ... the Broncos are averaging 14.0 kills and 2.55 blocks per set.


QUICK LOOK AT SAN JOSE STATE

  • The Spartans enter the week at 8-10 overall and 1-5 in MW play.
  • SJSU returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s team that went 13-18 overall and 5-13 in MW play, good for a ninth place tie.
  • Guilia Gavio leads the Spartans with 150 kills (3.66 kps), while Summer Avery follows with 142 kills (2.49 kps).
  • As a team the San Jose State hits 17.4 percent and hold opponents to 19.4 percent, they average 12.49 kills per set.


QUICK LOOK AT FRESNO STATE

  • Fresno State enters the week at 10-7 overall and 1-5 in MW play.
  • The Bulldogs return all four starters plus the libero and nine letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 14-18 overall and 6-12 in conference, eighth place.
  • On the year Aleisha Coates leads the Bulldogs with 233 kills (3.7 kps) followed by Brielle Hefner with 118 (2.15 kps).
  • As a team Fresno State hits 22.8 percent and holds opponents to 20.4 percent ... they average 12.43 kills per set.







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