Broncos Host UNLV and New Mexico

Oct. 25, 2017

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mountain West Conference Play 

Thursday, Oct. 26

Saturday, Oct. 28

  • New Mexico  |  Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)  | Noon (Mountain) |  Live Stats | Watch Live on MW Network

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WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK

  • Boise State (12-10, 5-5 MW) is home for the first time in three weeks as they prepare to host UNLV (8-15, 4-6 MW) and New Mexico (11-12, 3-7 MW). 

  • The Broncos open up the homestand with UNLV at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain) on Thursday, followed by an encounter with New Mexico at noon on Saturday.

  • Both contest will be in Bronco Gym and will be broadcast over the internet by the Mountain West Network.

LAST WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS

  • The Broncos wrapped up four straight road matches with a split last weekend falling in a heartbreaker at San Diego State 3-2, then regrouped to rally from one set down to defeat Fresno State 3-1. 

  • Sierra Nobley led the Broncos on the week tallying 45 kills, four service aces and three block assists for 50.5 points. 

  • Sabryn Roberts had back-to-back double-doubles on the week and recorded 27 kills, five service aces and eight blocks for 36.5 points. 

  • Nobley had a team-high 22 kills at San Diego State followed by Roberts with 15 and 12 digs. 

  • In the win at Fresno State, Nobley tallied a team-best 23 kills, Roberts added 12 kills and 10 digs, while Laney Hayes recorded a career-high 12 blocks to tie for second most in school history. 

ABOUT UNLV

  • The Rebels enter the week at 8-15 overall and have a 4-6 league mark. 

  • UNLV is coming off a home split last week falling to No. 20 Colorado State (3-0) before defeating Wyoming (3-2). 

  • UNLV is averaging 10.8 kills per set (11th MW) while hitting 15.9 percent (10th MW) on the year ... the Rebels are holding opponents to 21.8 percent hitting (9th MW).

  • UNLV was picked to place seventh in the MW preseason poll after returning two starters and three letterwinners from last year's team. 

  • This will be the 17th meeting in the all-time series which Boise State leads 11-5 ... the Broncos won 3-0 earlier this year in Las Vegas.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO

  • The Lobos enter the week at 11-12 overall and 3-7 in league play. 

  • New Mexico is coming off of a pair of home defeats last week falling to Wyoming (3-1) and No. 20 Colorado State (3-2).

  • UNM is averaging 12.3 kills per set (7th MW) while hitting 20.9 percent (6th MW) as a team ... meanwhile, the Lobos hold opponents to 21.8 percent hitting (10th MW). 

  • The Lobos were picked to place ninth in the 2017 MW race after returning three starters, the libero and seven letterwinners from last year's team. 

  • This is the 14th meeting in the series which is led by New Mexico 8-5 ... Boise State has won four straight including the first meeting of the season 3-1 at Albuquerque. 

BRONCO STORY LINES

BRONCOS LEAD MW

  • Boise State leads the league in three statistical categories entering the week: kills per set at 13.96, total digs at 1,246 and digs per set at 15.38.

BOISE STATE TOP NCAA RANKINGS

  • The Broncos are ranked 29th in the NCAA for kills per set (13.96) and 31st for assists per set (13.11).

HEAD COACH Shawn Garus

  • Coach Garus is the reigning two-time MW Coach of the Year (2015 and 2016), as well as the 2016 AVCA Region Coach of the Year.

  • Garus is 263-236 overall in his 17-year career as a collegiate head coach, 2017 marks his 17th season. 

  • Garus is currently 155-117 at Boise State in his ninth season.

  • Garus ranks second in total wins in program history, out of 10 coaches all-time. 

  • Garus has recorded six winning seasons, three (2010, 2015-16) with 20-plus wins, in the first eight seasons at Boise State.

NOBLEY LEADS MW IN FOUR CATEGORIES

  • Sierra Nobley leads the MW in total kills at 328, kills per set at 4.82, total points 367.5 and points per set at 5.4. 

  • Nobley has led the conference in kills and points per set for the last three years.

NOBLEY AMONG NCAA CAREER LEADERS

  • Sierra Nobley is currently ranked among the NCAA's top-6 for 2017's active players in four categories: third for career kills (1,795), third for kills per set (4.53), fourth for total attacks (4,614) and sixth for attacks per set (11.65). 

OSBURN IN NCAA TOP-25 CAREER DIGS

  • Senior libero Maddi Osburn is currently ranked 21st among active 2017 NCAA players for career digs with 1,642. 

NOBLEY CLOSING IN ON MW'S CAREER POINTS RECORD

  • Sierra Nobley entered 2017 with 1,642.0 points and ranked 17th in MW history, 423 short of tying the conference record of 2,065. 

  • Nobley has added 367.5 points this season to give her 2,009.5 to pull into second-place, 55.5 short of tying the record and 56 short of breaking it.


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