BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team may have started the week off with a loss at Idaho State, but the Broncos look to turn things around with a road trip to Utah where they will play Utah Valley, Thursday, before returning home to host Utah State, Saturday.
“I think Utah Valley has a really good, solid offense,” Bronco head coach Robin Davis said. “They’ve got a really good 0-1; they pass and dig really well. I think they only have one freshman playing along with a couple juniors and seniors. They’re really good at what they do, so they’ll be a good test for us. They’ve won a lot of matches lately and they’re playing at their place. Having said all of that, I give us a good chance to win.”
The Broncos have yet to face Utah Valley this season, but it marks the second meeting of the season against the Aggies.
Last Week’s Results:
No. 12 Hawai’i L 0-3 (17-30, 22-30, 16-30)
San Jose State L 0-3 (23-30, 16-30, 23-30)
at Idaho State L 2-3 (27-30, 23-30, 30-24, 30-28, 16-18)
Sizing Up the Competition...
Utah Valley State (14-6): The Wolverines notched a pair of victories last week with back-to-back wins over CSU Bakersfield ... Leading the offensive attack for Utah Valley is Jessica Endres, who leads the team in not only hitting percentage (.362), but in kills (4.09 kpg) and blocks (1.17 bpg) ... Be on the watch for Kristi Lindley, as she leads the Wolverines with 931 assists on the season, averaging 12.58 apg ... Defensively, look for Allyce Wilson to get low as she leads Utah Valley with 443 digs, averaging 5.54 dpg.
Utah State (9-10,6-4): Last week the Aggies suffered a pair of losses as they were swept by both Nevada and No. 11 Hawai’i ... Offensively, Utah State is led by Amanda Nielson, who averages 4.57 kills per game and has tallied 29 service aces on the year ... Sophomore Melissa Larson is first in the WAC in blocks, averaging 1.53 bpg ... Freshman Chelsea Fowles is currently fourth in the WAC in assists, averaging 11.12 apg.
Head Coach Robin Davis on ...
The play of his team...
“In the past couple weeks, each of the kids that have been starting for us has played a really good match, so the potential to play a really good match is there, we just need to do it together. That was our cry earlier, everyone needs to be good. Everyone has shown that they can be good, we just need to show that on Thursday.”
Last Week ...
Against No. 12 Hawai’i The Broncos to the Rainbow Wahine in three games ... Mandy Klein hit .429 (4-1-7) and tallied 22 assists on the night .... Alisha King led the Broncos with 11 kills ... Lauren Hamm recorded eight digs, while teammate Jeanene Rose notched seven of her own ... Elise Ardron led Boise State with four blocks.
Against San Jose State Despite outblocking San Jose State, 13.0 to 9.0, Boise State fell to the Spartans in three games ... Mandy Klein hit .222 (3-1-9), while tallying 23 assists and 11 digs ... Alisha King hit .208 (6-1-24) on the night, while Jeanette Jenkins recorded 10 kills ... Lauren Hamm notched 17 digs ... Maren Ericson and Jenkins each tallied six blocks, which marked a career high for Jenkins.
Against Idaho State Despite battling back against Idaho State to push it into a fifth game, the Broncos fell to the Bengals, 2-3 ... Jeanette Jenkins tallied 19 kills and hit .224 (19-6-58) ... Mandy Klein lifted 62 assists while notching a career-high 20 digs ... Lauren Hamm recorded 22 digs, while teammate Tiffany Starring tallied 16 of her own ... As a team the Broncos outblocked the Bengals, 13 to 7, as Maren Ericson, Elise Ardron and Alisha King each tallied five blocks a piece.