Broncos play at Nevada, then host Air Force
Boise State on the road for one then host five-match homestand.
Oct. 15, 2013
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THIS WEEK IN BRONCO VOLLEYBALL
- Boise State (8-9, 2-5 MW) will continue its Mountain West Conference action this week with one road match at Nevada (2-16, 0-6 MW) on Thursday, then return home to host Air Force (4-13, 1-4 MW) in the rescheduled match from Oct. 3.
- The Broncos will open the week on Thursday night at 8 p.m. (all times listed are Mountain) in Nevada’s Virginia Street Gym against the Wolf Pack who are 1-4 at home this year.
- Boise State then returns to Boise for a 7 p.m. start against Air Force on Sunday night in Bronco Gym. This is a rescheduled match for the one that was postponed on Oct. 3 when the government was partially shutdown.
MW PRESEASON POLL
- In relation to the three Mountain West schools involved this weekend the MW coaches predicted Boise State to place seventh, Air Force 10th and Nevada 11th in the 2013 league race.
- Live video for both of the Broncos’ matches this weekend will be available online through the “Mountain West Network” at www.broncosports.com/videos.
MATCH 18, Nevada Match Notes
- Thursday’s encounter at longtime-rival Nevada will be the 49th meeting all-time and third in MW play between these two programs, the Wolf Pack currently hold a small 26-22 edge in the series.
- These two programs have been in five different conferences together since the late 1980’s: Mountain West Athletic Conference (1987), Big Sky Conference (1988-91), Big West Conference (1996-99), Western Athletic Conference (2001-10) and now the Mountain West Conference (2012-present).
- Boise State has won three straight matches including both last year (2012) winning 3-2 in Boise and 3-0 in Reno.
- Nevada holds a 14-10 lead in the series at Reno, however, the Bronco have won the last two in Virginia Street Gym.
- Nevada enters the week at 2-16 overall and 0-6 in league play which is good for 11th-place.
- The Wolf Pack has lost nine straight contest, last week they fell at San Jose State in five sets followed by a 3-0 defeat at Fresno State.
- Nevada is led by Tessa Lea’ea with 178 kills while hitting 26.6 percent, followed by Sam Willoughby with 151 kills.
- The Wolf Pack returned four starters and eight letterwinners from 2012.
MATCH 19, Air Force Match Notes
- Sunday’s Air Force-Boise State match will be the seventh all-time and fifth in MW play between these two programs, Boise State is 6-0 against the Falcons.
- The Broncos are 2-0 against Air Force in Bronco Gym.
- Air Force enters the week at 4-13 overall and 1-4 in league play, the Falcons are 2-8 on the road in 2013.
- The Falcons play at San Jose State on Thursday and at Fresno State on Saturday before traveling to Boise for Sunday’s encounter with the Broncos.
- Last week AFA went 0-2 at home in MW play losing 3-1 to both UNLV and San Diego State.
- Air Force features a balanced attack with four players recording over 100 kills on the year led by Akokwe Clement with 176, followed by Maggie Sherrill with 147.
- The Falcons returned six starters and 13 letterwinners from 2012.
- The Record: Boise State is 8-9 overall and 2-5 in MW play heading into this week’s matches. The Broncos are 3-3 at home and 5-6 on the road in 2013.
- Recent Opponents: The Broncos lost two road MW matches last week at Wyoming (3-0) and at Colorado State (3-0).
- MATCH TOP-10 RECORD: Coming Up Aces - The Broncos recorded 13 service aces on Oct. 7 against Grand Canyon, that tied for third-most in a three-set match for Boise State during the rally scoring era (since 2001).
- CAREER TOP-10 RECORD: Senior setter Casey Rose needs 23 more assists to move into ninth-place on the Bronco career list, she currently sits at 1,673 and needs to reach 1,696 to tie Mindy Bennett for ninth.
- Against 2012 NCAA Tournament: Boise State is currently 1-3 against teams that went to the 2012 NCAA Tournament: lost to No. 5 Washington, lost at Portland State, defeated Belmont and lost at No. 13 Colorado State.
- National Rankings: As of Oct. 14, the Broncos are ranked 66th nationally in hitting percentage (23.9 pct.) and 81st in assists per set (12.51 aps).
- Mountain West Rankings: As of Oct. 14, Boise State enters the week ranked second in hitting percentage (23.9 pct.) on the year. It is ranked first in service aces (1.37 saps) per set, as well as fourth in assists (12.51 aps) and kills (13.24 kps).
- The Head Coach: Shawn Garus is in his fifth season in charge of the Broncos where he is 70-73 to go with a career record 185-193.