Boise State is on the Road for Two
Broncos continue MW play at Nevada and San Diego State.
Sierra Nobley, reigning MW Offensive Player of the Week.
Oct. 13, 2015
WEEK THREE OF CONFERENCE PLAY
Thursday, Oct. 15
Saturday, Oct. 17
THIS WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS
at Nevada; Thursday, Oct. 15
- Boise State (12-6, 4-2 MW) is on the road this week for a pair of contests at Nevada (7-11, 2-4 MW) and at San Diego State (5-13, 2-4 MW).
San Diego State; Saturday, Oct. 17
- Boise State begins this week’s action at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain) at Nevada in the Virginia Street Gym.
- The Wolf Pack has struggled at times this season going 7-11 overall and 2-4 in league. They are coming off a split of road matches last week falling at UNLV 3-1, then beat Fresno State 3-2.
- Nevada was picked to finish 10th in the MW preseason poll returning four starters, the libero and seven letterwinners from 2014.
- Madison Morell leads the Wolf Pack with 222 kills with a 3.36 kill per set average (4th MW) ... Madison Foley has 214 kills to average 3.24 (5th MW).
- Nevada as a team has been hitting 17.2 percent (9th MW) and averaging 12.09 kills per set (10th MW).
- The series is tied at 26 ... Boise State has won seven straight contests over Nevada ... The Wolf Pack leads the series in Reno 14-12.
BRONCO NOTABLES Shawn Garus, Head Coach
- The week continues Saturday afternoon in San Diego where the Broncos face the Aztecs at 2 p.m. (Mountain) in Peterson Gym.
- SDSU enters the week 5-13 overall and 2-4 in conference following a road split last weekend falling at UNLV 3-1, before winning in five at Fresno State.
- The Aztecs were picked to place sixth in the MW preseason poll, they return three starters plus the libero and eight letterwinners from 2014.
- Deja Harris has a team-high 151 kills for a 2.44 per set average while hitting 29.9 percent (10th MW) ... Alexandra Psoma averages 2.5 kills per set.
- As a team San Diego State is hitting 15.5 percent (11th MW) on the year and averages 12.39 kills per set (8th MW).
- San Diego State leads the all-time series 6-2 ... Boise State won the lone meeting last year 3-1 in Boise ... the Broncos have never won at SDSU in three attempts.
Team Statistical Rankings
- Garus currently sits at 221-218 overall in his 15-year career as a collegiate head coach.
- Garus is currently 106-98 at Boise State in his seventh season.
- Garus hit the 100 win milestone at Boise State when the Broncos defeated Abilene Christian 3-0 on Sept. 12.
- Garus ranks second in total wins in program history.
- This week the Broncos lead the Mountain West and are ranked high nationally in three statistical categories.
- Hitting percentage of .273 leads the MW and is 17th nationally ... they finished 2014 ranked 24th nationally at .263, a school record.
- They average 14.88 kills per set to lead the MW and rank second nationally ... they finished last year ranked 17th in NCAA at 14.21 kps.
- Boise State dishes out 13.98 assists per set to lead the MW and rank second nationally ... the Broncos were 15th nationally at the end of 2014 at 13.25.
- The Broncos are second in the MW in digs per set at 14.95.
Bronco Wins Analysis
- Boise State is ranked No. 49 in the second NCAA RPI release of the year on Oct. 12.
- That ranks them third in the MW behind Wyoming at No. 37 and Colorado State at No. 48.
- All six of the Broncos’ losses have come to teams ranked in the top-65: Washington No. 7, Wyoming No. 37, Colorado State No. 48, Idaho State No. 53, Gonzaga No. 57 and Northern Arizona No. 64.
Strength of Schedule
- Boise State has won 12 matches this year, eight by 3-0 sweeps.
- The Broncos are 2-3 in four-set matches and 2-1 in five-sets.
Sarah Baugh, Setter
- Through the nonconference portion of the season Boise State’s schedule strength was ranked 42nd by the NCAA, second-best in the MW at this point in time.
Sierra Nobley, Outside Hitter
- On the year, senior setter Sarah Baugh leads the MW and is third nationally in assists per set at 12.12.
- She also leads the MW and is ranked 21st in NCAA for total assists at 795.
- Became the sixth Bronco all-time to reach 3,000 career assists milestone when she had 70 at Colorado State (Sept. 26) to give her 3,022.
- Recorded her ninth double-double of the year at Utah State (Oct. 6) with 40 assists and 11 digs ... that is the most double-doubles in the MW for 2015.
- Her 17 career double-doubles ranks second in the MW among active players in 2015.
Kaitlyn Oliver, Middle Blocker
- Has led the Broncos in kills during 14 of 18 matches this season.
- Leads MW and is ranked eighth nationally for kills per set at 4.67.
- Nobley leads the MW and is ninth in NCAA for points per set at 5.25.
- Leads MW and ranked 22nd nationally in total kills with 299.
- She ranks 10th in the nation for attacks per set at 12.14.
- Has been named the MW offensive Player of the Week twice in 2015 on Sept. 21 and Oct. 12.
- Has six double-doubles on the year and has active streak of three straight ... last came against San Jose State (Oct. 8) with 11 kills and 12 digs.
Maddi Osburn, Libero
- Oliver ranks second in MW and 17th nationally in hitting percentage at .422.
- Has been named the MW offensive Player of the Week twice in 2015 on Sept. 7 and Oct. 5.
- Second on team in kills with 174 (2.68 kps).
- Hit a career-high 60 percent for 17 kills in Bronco come from behind victory over UNLV (Oct. 1).
- Ranked second in MW and 57th nationally for digs per set at 4.71.
- Ranked third in MW and 79th in NCAA for total digs with 306.
- During league competition she leads the MW in digs per set at 5.13.