Broncos Host New Mexico and UNLV
Oct. 19, 2016

THIS WEEK FOR BRONCO VOLLEYBALL

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Thursday, Oct. 20

  • New Mexico (11-11, 1-7 MW) at Boise State (15-6, 6-2 MW)
  • Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)
  • 5 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on GameTracker
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network
  • FREE ADMISSION 
  • Parking: Free parking will be available in the Lincoln Parking garage. 

Saturday, Oct. 22

  • UNLV (18-2, 7-1 MW) at Boise State (15-6, 6-2 MW)
  • Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)
  • 2 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on GameTracker
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network
  • First, "Pregame Chalk Talk" with coach Shawn Garus before the match in Bronco Gym starting at 1 p.m.


WHAT'S HAPPENING

Boise State (15-6, 6-2 MW) continues Mountain West action this week as the Broncos start the second half of league play by hosting the New Mexico Lobos (11-11, 1-7 MW) at 5 p.m. (Mountain) on Thursday prior to the BYU at Boise State football game. The weekend concludes at 2 p.m. Saturday when second-place UNLV (18-2, 7-1 MW) comes to town for a big match. The Broncos have won four straight contests by 3-0 sweeps, New Mexico has their top player back from injury, while UNLV comes in with an RPI of 17.

There will be free admission for to Thursday's match against the New Mexico Lobos.


The preseason Mountain West poll picked Boise State to finish second, New Mexico was selected fourth, while UNLV was projected to tie for fifth out of the 11 teams. The Broncos are 3-8 all-time versus New Mexico and 9-5 against UNLV. In the first encounter on the road Boise State lost in four sets at UNLV (Sept. 22), then regrouped to win in five at New Mexico (Sept. 24).


BRONCO STORY LINES

  • Boise State brings a 15-6 overall record and 6-2 league mark into the weekend.
  • Can Boise State keep its four-match win streak going, all four have been by 3-0 sweeps.
  • Broncos are ranked 44th in the latest NCAA RPI ranking of the fall.
  • Sierra Nobley leads the MW in double-doubles this year recording 13 in 21 matches, she is tied for second among active players in the MW with 30 in her career.
  • Nobley is looking to move up in the all-time career kills list at Boise State currently in third with 1,272, she needs nine to tie Kelly Baker for second with 1,281.
  • Maddy O’Donnell moved into ninth place for career blocks in the win over Utah State (Oct. 8) with 333, she now has 342 and needs 19 to tie for 10th place (361).
  • Nobley is currently fifth on the Boise State career points list with 1,421.0 ... she needs 5.5 to move into a tie for fourth at 1,426.5.
  • On the year the Broncos are led by the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year Sierra Nobley with a conference-high 368.0 points (327 kills, nine service aces, 10 block solos and 44 block assists) which ranks 26th nationally on the year.
  • Maddy O’Donnell follows Nobley with 271.0 points (200 kills, 18 service aces, 10 block solos and 86 block assists) which is 11th in the MW.
  • Defensively, Maddi Osburn leads the MW and is 30th nationally in digs per set at 5.04 ... she has a league high 378 total digs which ranks 45th in the NCAA. 
  • Boise State is hitting 22.9 percent (4th MW) as a team and holding opponents to 18.2 percent (4th MW) ... the Broncos are averaging 14.0 kills (1st MW) and 2.55 blocks (3rd MW) per set.


QUICK LOOK AT NEW MEXICO

  • The Lobos are 11-11 overall and 1-7 in conference, they snapped a seven match losing streak last Sunday with a win over New Mexico State.
  • The Lobos return three starters plus libero and 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 17-14 overall and 10-8 in conference, fourth place.
  • Cassie House leads team with a 3.5 kills per set average ... Julia Warren an all-conference honoree last year returned to action versus NMSU and could be a potential challenge she has 155 kills, 188 digs and 20 blocks.
  • As a team the Lobos hit 20.9 percent (8th MW) and hold opponents to 20.8 percent (7th MW), they average 12.00 kills per set (10th MW).


QUICK LOOK AT UNLV

  • The Rebels enter the week at 18-2 overall and 7-1 in MW play, their lone loss in league was at home to Colorado State two weeks ago in four sets.
  • UNLV returns five starters plus the libero and 11 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 16-14 overall and 9-9 in MW play, good for a tie for fifth place.
  • On the year Bree Hammel leads the Rebels with 298 kills for a 3.92 kps average (3rd MW) ... Elsa Descamps leads in hitting at 30.7 percent with a 2.05 kps.
  • As a team UNLV hits 24 percent (3rd MW) and holds opponents to 18 percent (3rd MW) ... the Rebels average 14.17 kills per set (2nd MW).





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