Boise State Heads for Colorado State and Wyoming


This Week's Schedule
Boise State at Colorado State, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)
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Boise State at Wyoming, Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)
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WHAT'S HAPPENING:  The Broncos (11-10, 3-3 MW) hit the road for a pair of Mountain West matches on the other side of the continental divide this week. Boise State will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., to take on the Colorado State Rams (11-6, 4-2 MW) at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) Thursday night in Moby Arena. The weekend's action continues with a trip north to Laramie, Wyo., to face the Wyoming Cowgirls (13-8, 1-5 MW) at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) Saturday in the UniWyo Sports Complex.  

MW POLL:  Colorado State the three-time defending conference champion was picked to repeat in the league's preseason coaches poll, while Wyoming was projected at third and Boise State was selected seventh.   

THE COLORADO STATE-BOISE STATE SERIES:  The series has only been played four times previously with the Rams winning all of them. Last season CSU swept the Broncos twice by 3-0 scores.    

THE WYOMING-BOISE STATE SERIES:  Boise State's first conference win as a member of the Mountain West came last fall (2011) in Laramie when the Broncos won a thrilling five set match, then followed with a 3-1 victory over the Cowgirls later in Boise. The overall series has Wyoming holding a one match advantage 7-6 with Boise State winning the last three.    

BOISE STATE'S RECORD:  With last week's home sweep of San Diego State (25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22) and Nevada (22-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10) the Broncos are on a three match win streak, which includes a 3-1 win at CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 6. Boise State is now 11-10 overall and 3-3 in MW play, sitting in sixth-place one win out of third. Boise State is 7-2 at home, 2-5 away and 2-3 on neutral courts.  


LOOKING AT THE COLORADO STATE MATCH

COLORADO STATE'S RECORD:  The Rams bring an 11-6 overall record and a 4-2 mark in MW play into Thursday's match. Colorado State is currently sitting in a tie for third place in the league standings following a split last weekend on the road losing 2-3 at Fresno State followed by a 3-0 win at UNLV.  

RAM LEADERS:
  Boise State will be challenged by the MW Preseason Co-Player of the Year Dana Cranston who leads CSU with 214 kills. She ranks fifth in the MW on the year for kills per set at 3.3 and seventh in league competition averaging 3.5. Megan Plourde follows with 178 kills on the year, she ranks third in hitting percentage at .330 percent and second in league matches at .349 percent.  

AS A TEAM:  Colorado State leads the MW in hitting percentage on the year and in league play at .241 percent and .243 percent, respectively. In conference action the Rams have held opponents to a league-best .145 percent hitting.


LOOKING AT THE WYOMING MATCH

WYOMING'S RECORD:  The Cowgirls are 13-8 on the year and 1-5 in conference play. Wyoming is coming off three straight road defeats to Colorado State (0-3), UNLV (2-3) and Fresno State (2-3). The Cowgirls are 10-1 at home this season.  

COWGIRL LEADERS:  MW Co-Preseason Player of the Year Jodi Purdy leads Wyoming in kills with 255 and ranks sixth in the conference in kills per set at 3.27. She is followed by Calli Miller with 165 kills on the season.

AS A TEAM:  Wyoming is hitting .220 percent (5th MW) on the year and .168 percent (8th MW) in conference play. UW has held opponents to a league-best .135 hitting percentage on the year and lead the MW in blocking at 3.0 blocks per set on the season.


Boise State Notes


LOOKING AT BOISE STATE AS A TEAM
The Broncos are hitting .235 percent on the year to rank third in the Mountain West. In conference matches they are hitting .227 percent (3rd MW).

On the year, Boise State leads the MW for overall kills with 1,131 and are ranked second in kills per set at 13.79, the Broncos are third in MW matches at 13.93.

Boise State is second in assists with a per set average of 13.01, in conference play it leads the MW averaging 13.19.

The Broncos are third in service aces with 102 on the year and third in per set average at 1.24.

Defensively, Boise State is third in digs with a per set average of 14.65 and seventh in blocks at 2.09 per set this season. The Broncos are seventh in blocks during league action at 2.13 per set.   


PLAYER HIGHLIGHTS

Sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Gammel, a transfer from Virginia Tech, has been named to three consecutive all-tournament teams: Northwest Challenge (Aug. 24-25), Sacramento State Invitational (Aug. 1-Sept. 1) and Boise State Invitational (Sept. 7-8).

Senior outside hitter Liz Harden has also been named to three all-tournament teams: the Sacramento State Invitational (Aug. 1-Sept. 1), given the MVP honor at the Boise State Invitational (Sept. 7-8), followed by Arizona Desert Classic All-Tournament Team honors (Sept. 14-15).

Senior libero Kersti Whitney has been named to two all-tournament teams: Boise State Invitational (Sept. 7-8) and Arizona Desert Classic (Sept. 14-15).

Liz Harden leads the team in kills on the year with 302 for a 3.68 per set average (3rd MW). Harden is hitting .291 percent.

Liz Harden is second in the Mountain West for kills per set at 4.19, third in point average at 4.52 and seven th in hitting percentage at .289 percent.

Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - She recorded a career-high 32 kills at home against UNLV on Sept. 22.  That match total ranks fourth all-time in program history and is a new school record for the rally scoring era.

Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Harden's 36.5 points scored on Sept. 22 at home against UNLV set a new school record for points in a match.

Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - has moved into fifth-place for career points with 1,154.5 to date.  She needs seven to tie for fourth at 1,161.5. Note - the points statistic did not start until rally scoring was adopted for the 2001 season.

Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - reached the 1,000 career kill milestone on Oct. 6 at CSU Bakersfield where she recorded a team-high 21 to give her 1,001 all-time, becoming only the fourth Bronco ever to join the 1,000 kill club.  Harden currently has 1,035 and needs four more to tie Melissa Dahl (1991-94) with 1,039 for 10th and 20 to tie Alisha Young (2007-10) with 1,055 for ninth all-time at Boise State.

Alyssa Gammel is second on the team in kills with 278 to rank fourth in the MW for kills per set at 3.47. She is hitting .206 percent on the season and .200 in MW matches.

Alyssa Gammel is seventh in the MW for points per set on the year at 3.83 with a total of 306 points.

Alyssa Gammel has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 11 of 21 matches. Gammel is second in digs on the team with 207.

Brittany Reardon, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker, is ranked fourth in the MW for hitting percent at .323, she also has a team third-best 150 kills.

Brittany Reardon leads Boise State in blocks with 69.

Brittany Reardon, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Reardon recorded 12 blocks at Seattle U. on Sept. 11 tying for the second most all-time in a match for a Bronco, its tied for first during the rally scoring era.

Taylor Murphey, sophomore rightside hitter, has 111 kills (4th Team) and is second in blocks with 54.

Sarah Webster, redshirt freshman middle blocker, is fourth on the team in blocks with 38.  

Sarah Webster, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Webster had a career-high eight blocks against Air Force at home on Sept. 28, tying the school record for blocks in a three set match during the rally scoring era (since 2001).

Casey Rose, junior setter, is ranked seventh in the MW for assists per set at 6.46. She has a team-high total of 530 assists. She is also ranked seventh in league play with a 7.15 average.

Casey Rose recorded a career-high 45 assists versus UNLV in Bronco Gym on Sept. 22.

Kersti Whitney, senior libero, leads the team defensively with 357 digs to rank third in the MW at 4.32 digs per set, she is fifth in MW action at 4.15 dps.

Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - reached the 1,000 career digs milestone at New Mexico on Oct. 4 when she recorded 19 to give her 1,013 all-time. In the next match at CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 8 she moved into the top-10 in program history with 12 more digs to give her 1,025 surpassing Cyndi Neece (1993-96) for 10th who had 1,024.

Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Whitney currently has 1,068 career digs, she needs to reach 1,160 to tie Jeni Elson for ninth-place.

Sarah Baugh, freshman setter, is second on the team and ninth in the MW for assists per set at 5.23 on the season, she has a total of 413 assists to date.

Leah Stevens, junior middle blocker, RECORD BOOK WATCH - recorded a career-high 12 blocks at CSU Bakersfield (Oct. 8) to tie Reardon and four others for the second most all-time in a match at Boise State. The total is tied for first in a four-set match since the inception of rally scoring.


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