Broncos Face Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State on the Road

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State volleyball team hits the road for their penultimate regular season road trip. The Broncos will look to recover from their losses to San Jose State and Utah State this past weekend, facing Louisiana Tech who holds the No. 9 spot in the Western Athletic Conference standings and New Mexico State who sits at No. 2 in the WAC. The Broncos first face the Lady Techsters in Ruston, La. on Thurs., Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. (Mountain Time), followed by a 7 p.m. (MT) match in Las Cruces, N.M. on Sat., Oct. 18 against the Aggies.

 

Follow the Action:

To follow the action live in Ruston, La. go to latechsports.cstv.com and go to the women’s volleyball roster. On the right side of the roster will be a “GameTracker” link available to watch the live stats.

 

To follow the action live in Las Cruces, N. M. go to www.nmstatesports.com and select the “Aggie Fans” button at the top of the page to lead you to live stats and live Aggie Vision.

 

Boise State Broncos:

Boise State enters the weekend with a 5-12 record (2-5 WAC). They are 2-3 overall in away matches and 2-2 in away WAC matches. The Broncos are looking to recover from 3-0 losses to San Jose State and Utah State this past weekend in Bronco Gym.

 

Sophomore middle blocker Sadie Maughan will look to lead the way after tallying a team high of 135 kills and a .316 hitting percentage, leading the team with 179.5 points this season. She also sits second on the team in blocks with 67 (10 solo). Senior setter Mandy Klein will be a big factor for the Broncos this weekend as well, posting a team high of 509 sets assists as well as holding the second best mark of 127 digs and third best in ace serves with 11. Sophomore libero Lauren Hamm leads the team defensively with 218 digs and sits second on the team with 12 aces. Freshman middle blocker Lydia Blaha leads the net defense with 73 blocks (14 solo) while senior outside hitter Jeanette Jenkins has added 11 solo blocks to the Broncos’ efforts this season. Sophomore outside hitter Alisha King leads the team in aces (13) while junior Jeanene Rose has aided the backcourt efforts with her 112 digs.

 

In the overall individual statistics of the WAC teams, Maughan holds the No. 6 spot in hitting percentage and No. 7 spot in blocks. Blaha holds the highest ranking with the No. 3 spot in blocks while Hamm holds the No. 6 spot in digs. Klein rounds out the Broncos in the standings with her No. 7 spot in assists.

 

As a team, the Broncos hold the No. 8 spot in the WAC weekly standings. They also rank No. 2 in the WAC as a team in blocks while holding the No. 6 spot in opponent hitting percentage. The Broncos rank No. 7 in hitting percentage and hold the No. 8 spot in assists, kills, aces, and digs.

 

Boise State ranks No. 9 in blocks per set (2.82 blocks per set) in the NCAA national ranking summery through Oct. 12 games. Blaha holds the No. 40 spot in the individual blocks per set rankings (1.22 per set) while Maughan sits at No. 75 (1.12).

 

 

Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters:

The Lady Techsters enter the weekend with a 2-12 record after dropping two 3-0 matches to Stephen F. Austin and No. 6 Hawaii last week. Louisiana Tech has yet to win a WAC match, going 0-6 thus far in the season.

 

The Lady Techsters are led by junior middle blocker KC Clayton with 90 kills and 1.91 kills per set this season while also leading the team in blocks with 53 (five solo). Junior middle blocker Samantha Crowder leads the team in hitting percentage (.198) while tallying 84 kills this season. She also leads the team in solo blocks with nine. Senior libero Debora Bolonhini leads the team in two categories, serving 13 aces this season and snagging 201 digs. Sophomore setter Bianca Bin has run the offense with her 327 set assists this season.

 

In the overall individual statistics of WAC teams, Bolonhini ranks in two categories, holding the No. 2 spot in digs and the No. 8 spot in aces. Clayton holds the No. 6 spot in blocks while Bin sits at No. 8 in assists to round out the Lady Techsters in the WAC individual standings.

 

As a team, Louisiana Tech ranks No. 9 in the conference while holding their highest spot in the team statistics at No. 6 in digs. They also hold the No. 7 spot in opponent hitting percentage and blocks.

 

Louisiana Tech’s Clayton ranks No. 67 in the nation in blocks per set (1.13) while Bolonhini sits at No. 79 in digs per set (4.28) as the only two top-100 ranked players fro LTU.

 

In the all-time series, Boise State leads the Lady Techsters, 11-2, winning their most recent two matches.

 

 

New Mexico State Aggies:

The Aggies enter this weekend’s competition after knocking off No. 6 ranked Hawaii in Honolulu on Sun., Oct. 12, in a 3-0 sweep. Overall New Mexico State holds an 11-7 record with a 6-1 WAC record. Their only loss in WAC play came against then ranked No. 7 Hawaii on Sept. 27 in a 3-0 loss.

 

The Aggies are led by senior outside hitter Lindsey Yon who has tallied 241 kills and 3.95 kills per set helping her to a total of 271.0 points this season. She also sits second on the team in aces with 14 as well as third on the team in digs (150). Senior middle blocker Amber Simpson leads the Aggies in blocks with 88 total (five solo) while also sitting second on the tea in kills with 144 and leading the team in hitting percentage (.269). Senior setter Alyssa Gintant and freshman setter Jennah DeVries have shared time running the offense tallying 295 and 293 sets, respectively. DeVries also leads the team in ace serves with 16. Defensively, senior defensive specialist Krystal Torres has controlled the backcourt with her 271 digs while sophomore outside hitter Whitney Woods has added 71 blocks (one solo) to the defense.

 

In the overall individual statistics of WAC teams, Simpson sits on three lists, holding the No. 1 spot in blocks, No. 9 in hitting percentage and No. 10 in points. Yon sits on two lists, holding the No. 3 spot in kills and points. Woods and Erin Birmingham also rank on the blocks list holding the No. 5 and No. 8 spots, respectively. Torres leads the WAC in digs while Gintant holds the No. 10 spot in assists.

 

As a team, the Aggies sit atop the WAC’s overall hitting percentage chart. They also rank second in digs, third in blocks and kills and fourth in assists and hitting percentage. They currently hold the No. 2 spot in the weekly WAC standings, sitting just behind Hawaii.

 

NMSU ranks No. 16 in the nation in blocks per set (2.73) as their only top-100 team ranking. Individually, Amber Simpson ranks No. 10 in blocks per set (1.44), Woods ranks No. 57 (1.16), and Birmingham ranks No. 92 (1.10). Yon holds a top-100 ranking in kills per set at No. 36 (3.95) while Torres holds the No. 55 spot in digs per set (4.44).

 

In the all-time series, New Mexico State leads the Broncos, 10-8, winning the last seven match-ups.


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