Boise State Falls in Three at Wyoming
Sierra Nobley and Maddy O’Donnell combined for 22 kills to lead Boise State volleyball in a 3-0 loss at 27th-ranked Wyoming to open Mountain West play on Thursday.
Boise State (14-6, 6-2 MW) returns home for a big Homecoming Weekend hosting league leading and 20th-ranked Colorado State (15-3, 8-0 MW) at 7 p.m. on Thursday and third-place Wyoming (15-5, 5-3 MW) at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Thursday: Blackout Thursday as everyone is requested to wear black, the first 300 fans through the door will receive a pair of sunglasses.
Saturday: Pinkout Saturday for breast cancer awareness ... half price (adults $3) tickets for anyone showing their football ticket at the gate.
No. 20 Colorado State; Thursday, Oct. 22
The action begins Thursday night with a battle between the top two teams in the league standings when Colorado State comes to town.
The Rams enter the week leading the conference and ranked 20th nationally with a 15-3 record and 8-0 conference mark.
CSU was picked to win its seventh consecutive title in the league’s preseason poll returning five starters, the libero and eight letterwinners from 2014.
Alex Reid leads CSU with 195 kills for a 3.31 per set average (4th MW) ... Adrianna Culbert follows with 161 kills (2.82 kps) and hits 36.1 percent (3rd MW).
As a team CSU is in the top three of every stat category in the MW ... the Rams hit 27 percent (2nd MW/20th NCAA) and hold opponents to 15.6 percent (2nd MW/21st NCAA), average 13.92 kills per set (2nd MW/41st NCAA) ... Acacia Andrews leads the MW in hitting percentage at .441 (5th NCAA).
Boise State has never defeated Colorado State in 11 tries.
Last time at Fort Collins (Sept. 26) the Broncos took the Rams to five sets before falling.
Wyoming; Saturday, Oct. 24
Homecoming Week continues Saturday afternoon with an encounter with the Wyoming Cowgirls at 2 p.m.
Wyoming enters the week 15-5 overall and 5-3 in conference following two road defeats last week falling at Colorado State 3-0 at San Jose State in five.
The Cowgirls were picked to place fourth in the MW preseason poll, they return five starters plus the libero and nine letterwinners from 2014.
Laura Beach leads UW with 187 kills (2.49 kps) hitting 34.8 percent (5th MW) ... Reed Copeland leads the league in blocks per set at 1.6 (7th NCAA).
As a team Wyoming is hitting 20.3 percent (7th MW) on the year and averages 11.83 kills per set (10th MW) ... its leads in opponent hitting percentage holding teams to .155 (19th NCAA).
Wyoming leads the all-time series 11-9 ... Boise State leads 5-1 in contests played at Boise ... then-ranked 25th Wyoming won the first meeting this year in Laramie 3-0 (Sept. 24).