Broncos Face Utah Valley, #4 Hawaii, Fresno State this Week

Match against Hawaii has been dubbed a "Pink Night" to acknowledge breast cancer awareness

What's Happening - The Boise State volleyball team enters a three-match week, traveling to Orem, Utah to take on Utah Valley University on Wednesday (Oct. 20), followed by hosting No. 4 Hawaii on Saturday (Oct. 23) and Fresno State on Monday (Oct. 25). All three matches are slated for 7 p.m. (Mountain), with the two matches in Boise being held at Bronco Gym. The match against Utah Valley will wrap-up the Broncos' non-conference schedule for the season. Saturday's match against Hawaii will be the team's "Pink Night" for breast cancer awareness.

Internet Coverage - Live stats will be available for the Utah Valley match at: while the Hawaii and Fresno State matches will be available at:

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A Look at Boise State:
Weekly Recap: The Broncos come off of a 1-1 weekend on the road, falling to New Mexico State, 3-2, in Las Cruces and then sweeping Louisiana Tech, 3-0, in Ruston. With the win over La Tech, Boise State improves to 17 wins, the most by a Bronco volleyball team since 2004. Their 3-0 win also marks the ninth sweep this season, the most since 2004.

About the Broncos: Boise State holds a 17-6 record on the season, including a 4-4 WAC record. Currently Alisha Young leads the team with 295 kills this season, as well as total points (372.0) while Sadie Maughan leads in blocks (104). Breann Nesselhuf leads the team in assists (975), while Kersti Whitney and Amanda Remy lead in aces (25), while Remy also leads the backcourt with 298 digs this season.  

In the Rankings: The Boise State volleyball team has two top-50 national rankings to boast. The team overall ranks No. 39 in the nation in blocks per set (2.49), while Breann Nesselhuf is the only remaining Bronco in the national ranks, sitting at No. 26 in assists per set (11.08).

 Record Watch: A handful of Broncos are making their mark in the Boise State record books this season with Sadie Maughan, Alisha Young, Elizabeth Griffin, Breann Nesselhuf and Lauren Hamm all inside the school's top-10 lists. Maughan and Young sit at No. 3 (1,120.0) and No. 4 (1,119.5), respectively, on the career-points chart. The pair chases No. 2 Jeanette Jenkins who totaled 1,161.5 career points. Junior Griffin joins the senior pair in the career-points top-10, sitting at No. 10 with 497.0 points (No. 9 is Mandy Klein, 549.0, 2005-08). Young jumped in the season total-points top-10 this week, tallying 372 points so far this season, moving from No. 7 to No. 5.

Maughan set a school record for hitting percentage in a match on Sept. 18 against Davidson, earning a .867 hitting percentage. Maughan and Griffin each have had top-10 hitting percentages in a match this season, tying for the No. 8 spot with .692 hitting percentages each. Maughan recorded hers against Long Island (Aug. 28) while Griffin set hers against Weber State (Sept. 8).

Maughan also sits among the top-10 in total career-blocks, sitting to No. 6 with 393. (No. 5 is held by Kelly Chapman, 404 blocks, 1983-86). Maughan tied for No. 4 in all-time assisted blocks in a match against Idaho (Sept. 29) with 10.

Breann Nesselhuf moves to No. 7 in career assists with 1,919 (No. 6 is Chera Sommer, 2,080 assists, 1999-2002). Lauren Hamm jumped to No. 5 on the career digs list with 1,176 digs (No. 4 is Brandy Mamizuka, 1,265 digs, 1995-98).

Young is nearing the career-kills list with 936 total, chasing down the No. 10 spot held by Debbie Hansmann (1,022 career kills). She already is tied for No. 4 on the top-10 kills in a match this season, hitting 29 kills against Portland State (Sept. 4).

Boise State Head Coach: Shawn Garus is in the midst of his second season at Boise State and currently holds a 142-149 record over his career, as well as a 25-28 record at Boise State.

Match 24 Preview - at Utah Valley:
The Series: Boise State and Utah Valley will enter their ninth match in the series history on Wednesday with UVU leading 6-2 in the all-time series. The two teams have already faced-off once this season on Sept. 7 in Boise, Idaho with the Broncos walking away with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-23) win.  

About the Wolverines: The Wolverines (13-9, 4-2 GWC) have been hot as of late as they have won four of their last five. UVU's lone loss during the stretch was to BYU at home on Oct. 9, in front of the largest volleyball crowd in UVU school history, 2,206. Last week the Wolverines traveled to Texas and came away with two conference sweeps, one at Texas-Pan American and the other Houston Baptist.

Kayli Doxey leads the team with 291 kills this season, as well as, 23 service aces. Brookelyn Campbell has tallied a team-high 718 assists, while Kathleen Stevens leads the team with 342 digs. Sarah Clement leads the net defense, totaling 77 blocks this season.

In the Rankings: Utah Valley has only one national top-50 ranking, with the team sitting at No. 44 in the nation in aces per set (1.57).

Utah Valley Head Coach: Sam Atoa holds a 265-122 record in his 12 years at Utah Valley, including the team's13-9 record during the 2010 season.

Match 25 Preview - vs. #4 Hawaii:
The Series: Boise State and Hawaii will play in their 22nd all-time match on Saturday (Oct. 23) with Hawaii remaining undefeated by the Broncos 21-0 all-time. In 2009, the Rainbow Wahine swept the Broncos both in Boise and Honolulu, 3-0.

About the Rainbow Wahine: Hawaii enters the week with a 16-1 record, as well as a perfect 6-0 WAC record. The team will first take on Idaho this week on Thursday (Oct. 21) before coming to Boise on Oct. 23. Currently the team is led by Kanani Danielson in kills (268), Brittany Hewitt in blocks (104) and aces (18), Elizabeth Ka'aihue in digs (265) and Dani Mafua in assists (628).

In the Rankings: Hawaii has a handful of national top-50 rankings this week. As a team they rank No. 3 in match win-loss percentage (0.941), No. 11 in blocks per set (2.79), No. 25 in kills per set (14.05), No. 26 in hitting percentage (0.270) and No. 29 in assists per set (13.07). Individually Brittany Hewitt leads the team with a No. 1 national ranking in blocks per set (1.79), while also ranking No. 45 in hitting percentage (0.364). Kanani Danielson ranks No. 11 in kills per set (4.54), as well as, No. 14 in points per set (5.12). Dani Mafua rounds out the rankings, sitting at No. 41 in assists per set (10.64).   

Close Ties: Hawaii's sophomore, middle blocker Brittany Hewitt hails from Eagle, Idaho (Eagle HS) and will return to a hometown crowd in Boise. Hawaii's freshman, outside hitter Kaela Goodman and Boise State's sophomore, outside hitter Liz Harden both reign from Lake Forest, Calif., although each went to separate high schools.

Hawaii Head Coach: Dave Shoji has totaled a 1032-177-1 record over his 36 years at Hawaii, including the team's 16-1 record in 2010.

Match 26 Preview - vs. Fresno State:
The Series: Boise State and Fresno State face-off for the second time this season and their 24th match overall. Fresno State leads the all-time series 16-7. Most recently, Fresno State earned a 3-2 (19-25, 29-27, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7) win over Boise State on Sept. 25 in Fresno.

About the Bulldogs: Fresno State enters the week with a 7-11 record as well as a 2-5 WAC record. The Bulldogs are led by Marissa Brand who has totaled 204 kills, while Brianna Clarke leads the net defense with 84 blocks. Kelly Mason leads the team in aces (14) and digs (288), while Erin Stock leads the team in assists (590).

In the Rankings: Fresno State's Brianna Clarke is the only Bulldog to sit in the nation's top-50 rankings. Clarke ranks No. 26 in the nation in blocks per set (1.29), while also holding the No. 49 spot in hitting percentage (0.359).

Fresno State Head Coach: Lauren Netherby-Sewell has accumulated a 29-47 record over her three years at Fresno State, including the team's 7-11 record this season.

Bronco  Extras
Match Club - Boise State volleyball has created a new way for fans to support the Bronco volleyball program. Check out the "Match Club" button on the volleyball page of the website for more details.

All-Tournament Team Members - Alisha Young and Sadie Maughan were named to the 2010 Falcon Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Young and Breann Nesselhuf were been named to the 2010 Northwest Challenge All-Tournament Team. In the Uni/Wyo Cowgirl Classic, Young was joined by Liz Harden and Kersti Whitney on the all-tournament team, while Young also collected MVP honors. Most recently, Maughan was named as the NFINITY Wildcat Classic MVP, while also being joined by Nesselhuf on the all-tournament team.

WAC Honors - Boise State's Sadie Maughan earned her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor on Sept. 20 for her efforts during the Sept. 13-19 week. Maughan's honor was only the fourth-ever by a Bronco since joining the WAC.

WAC Coaches' Poll - Boise State was picked to finish fifth in the 2010 WAC Preseason Coaches' Poll in August, earning 35 points. Hawaii was picked to win its 15th-straight WAC title (64 points, 8 first place votes), New Mexico State was picked second (57 pts., one first place vote), Fresno State was picked third (44 pts.) and Utah State was picked fourth (38 pts.) to finish ahead of the Broncos. Rounding out the conference was Idaho in sixth (32 pts.), Nevada in seventh (30 pts.), Louisiana Tech in eighth (30 pts.) and San Jose State in ninth (9 pts.).

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