Volleyball to Host Utah Valley and New Mexico State at Bronco Gym

After completing their final road trip of the 2008 regular season, the Boise State volleyball team will prepare for the downhill slope of the season at home. With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Broncos will prep to host all six remaining matches at home in Bronco Gym.


This week the Broncos host their final non-conference opponent of the season, Utah Valley University, as well as Western Athletic Conference opponent New Mexico State. The UVU Wolverines will visit Bronco Gym on Tues., Oct. 28 in a 7 p.m. match-up while the NMSU Aggies will be featured in a 7 p.m. match on Sat., Nov. 1.


Follow the Action Live:

The Boise State volleyball live stats can be found at http://www.broncosports.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9900&DB_LANG=&KEY=&DB_OEM_ID=9900&KEY= or by going to www.broncosports.com and selecting the “Multimedia” tab at the top of the website and selecting “Live Stats”. The Bronco matches can also be viewed on “BroncoVision” by going to the “Multimedia” tab and selecting “Live Webcasts”.


Game Promotions:

Each of this week’s volleyball matches will include promotions for the fans, including the “Carl’s Jr. Study Break” night on Tues., Oct. 28 where the first 300 fans will receive Carl’s Jr. coupons. Saturday’s match will be recognized as “Elementary Night” where children 12 and under receive free admission with a paying adult or a free admission with a 2008-09 Kid’s Pass.


Boise State Broncos:

The Broncos are coming off a week of 0-2 play, dropping a heartbreaking point-by-point match to Utah State, 3-2, followed by a tough 3-0 sweep by the Vandals over the Broncos on Saturday.


Boise State now holds a 6-15 record (3-8 WAC) and a 1-6 record in Bronco Gym. They look forward hosting their six final regular season matches to improve their home record.


Sophomore Sadie Maughan leads the team this season with 170 kills and a 2.24 kills per game average. Sophomore Alisha King has added 150 kills this season as well as a team high of 17 service aces. Freshman Lydia Blaha holds the team highest mark in blocks with 87 total, including 18 solo blocks. Maughan has added 83 blocks with 15 solo blocks this season. Senior Mandy Klein has run the offense with 618 kills while sophomore Lauren Hamm leads the team defense with 278 digs.


As a team, the Broncos hold the No. 6 spot in the weekly WAC standings, including a No. 3 spot in the WAC in blocks and No. 5 in opponent hitting percentage. Four Broncos sit in the WAC top-10 in overall individual statistics for this season, including Maughan who holds the No. 5 spot in blocks (1.09 per set) and No. 7 spot in hitting percentage (.297). Blaha holds the team’s highest individual ranking sitting at No. 3 in blocks per set (1.19).  Hamm holds a No. 5 spot in digs per set (3.56) while Klein sits at No. 7 in the conference in assists per set (8.03).


In NCAA national standings, the Broncos hold the No. 15 spot in blocks per set with a 2.72 per set average. Blaha sits at No. 45 in individual blocks per set while Maughan holds the No. 83 spot in the same category. Maughan also ranks No. 172 in hitting percentage while Hamm holds a No. 196 spot in digs per set. Klein rounds out the Broncos who rank in the top-350 in the nation, holding the No. 204 spot in assists per set.


On the Lookout:

With the final six matches of the regular season taking place at Bronco Gym, senior outside hitter Jeanette Jenkins has a chance to make history by reaching her 1,000 career kill at home. If Jenkins can average just over 11 kills per match in the final six regular season matches, she will join the Broncos’ all-time career kills list tying for the No. 10 spot at 1,022 kills with Debbie Hansmann (1986-89). As of Monday, October 27, Jenkins holds a career total of 955, putting her only 45 kills away from the 1,000 mark.


Utah Valley Wolverines:

The UVU Wolverines enter the week with a 7-9 record on the season as well as a 1-5 away record. In their most recent week of competition, the Wolverines earned a 3-0 win over Texas-Pan American on Oct. 24. During their 2008 season, Utah Valley has only played three opponents that the Broncos have faced, including Idaho State, whom they split a 1-1 record, losing their most recent match-up 3-1. They have also played Utah State and suffered a 3-0 loss, followed by a 3-0 sweep by Washington State three days later.


The Wolverines are led by Kayli Broadbent, who has totaled 194 kills and a 3.46 kills per set average. Broadbent also leads the team in aces with 17 and digs with 80. Kristi Lindley has served as the starting setter, racking up 382 assists. Kristin Anderson leads the team in blocking with 78 total on the season, including seven solo blocks.


Tuesday’s meeting between the Wolverines and the Broncos will be the fifth in school history with UVU leading the all-time series 4-0.


New Mexico State Aggies:

The Aggies are set to face the Broncos for the second time this season, after earning a 3-1 win on Oct. 18 in Las Cruces, N.M. The Aggies hold a 15-7 record on the season, including an impressive 7-3 WAC record.


The team is also 6-2 on the road in 2008. Lindsey Yon leads the offense with 292 kills this season, including a 3.95 kills per set average. Alyssa Gintant has led the team with 375 set assists while Jennah Devries has added 352 assists as well. Devries also leads the team in ace serves with 21. Libero Krystal Torres holds a team high of 338 digs while Amber Simpson leads the team in blocks with 107, including eight solo.


NMSU leads the WAC overall team statistic standings in opponent hitting percentage as well as ranking second in assists, kills, blocks and digs. As a team, the Aggies hold the No. 2 spot in the weekly WAC standings. Individually, Amber Simpson ranks No. 1 in blocks per set (1.45), No. 8 in points (3.41 per set), and No. 8 in hitting percentage (.291). Lindsey Yon holds the No. 3 spot in points per set (4.45) as well as the No. 3 spot in kills per set (3.95). Erin Birmingham and Whitney Woods rank No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, in blocks per set with marks of 1.05 and 1.04 blocks per set. Jennah Devries and Krista Altermatt hold the No. 7 and No. 8 spots in aces per set with a 0.29 and 0.28 average, respectively. Krystal Torres holds the No. 1 spot in the WAC in digs per set (4.57) while Alyssa Gintant ranks No. 9 in assists per set (5.51).


The Aggies hold the No. 12 spot in the NCAA national rankings in blocks per set with a 2.76 per set average as their only team ranking in the top-50. Three players hold rankings in the top-100, including Amber Simpson who ranks No. 11 individually in blocks per set with 1.45. Lindsey Yon holds a No. 34 ranking in kills per set (3.95) while Krystal Torres holds a No. 49 spot in digs per set (4.57).


New Mexico State leads the all-time series against the Broncos 11-8, including one win over Boise State in mid-October.

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