WHAT'S HAPPENING: Boise State (12-12, 4-5 MW) returns home for two match this weekend when the New Mexico Lobos (18-8, 5-5 MW) come to town for a Mountain West match at 1:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Saturday, followed by a nonconference contest against the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (12-13) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., both matches will be held in Bronco Gym.
MW POLL: Boise State was picked just below New Mexico in the Mountain West preseason poll that had the Lobos sixth and Broncos seventh.
THE NEW MEXICO-BOISE STATE SERIES: The Lobos lead the all-time series 4-0 including a hard fought 3-2 (25-20, 13-25, 26-28, 31-29, 15-17) win in Albuquerque on Oct. 4th in the first of two meetings this season.
THE CSU BAKERSFIELD-BOISE STATE SERIES: This will be the second meeting all-time between these two programs, both occurring this season. Boise State won the first encounter 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 28-26) in Bakersfield, Calif., on Oct. 6.
BOISE STATE'S RECORD: Last week Boise State won its lone match in straight sets at Air Force (25-23, 26-24, 27-25) in a MW contest. The Broncos are now 12-12 overall and 4-5 in MW play, sitting in a sixth-place. Boise State is 7-2 at home, 3-7 away and 2-3 on neutral courts.
LIVE STATS: Live stats will be available for the match on at: www.broncosports.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?
What Fans Need to Know
SATURDAY'S PROMOTION: Saturday is a "Blue Out," 50 blue t-shirts will be handed out to the first 50 fans.
SUNDAY'S PROMOTION: Ticket promotion, fans who present a ticket from the San Diego State football game on Saturday get in free to Sunday's volleyball match..
PARKING: With football hosting San Diego State Saturday night the stadium parking lot will be closed for permit holders, the Liberal Arts and Library parking lots are reserved for volleyball fans on a first come first serve basis. Sunday will have the stadium lot open for volleyball.
LOOKING AT THE NEW MEXICO MATCH
NEW MEXICO'S RECORD: The Lobos enter the week at 18-8 overall and 5-5 in MW play. They are coming into Boise on a three match losing streak, all at home. New Mexico lost three last week to New Mexico State (3-0), UNLV (3-1) and Fresno State (3-2).
LOBO LEADERS: Chantale Riddle leads the Lobos with 395 kills and leads the MW in kills per set at 4.11, while hitting .238 percent. She is also eighth in MW for blocks with 103 on the year and 1.08 per set. Lexi Ross follows with 146 kills and 86 blocks.
AS A TEAM: New Mexico has hit .199 on the year (7th MW) and .156 in conference (7th MW). Defensively they are allowing teams to hit .150 (2nd MW) overall and .170 (3rd MW) in league play.
THE LAST TIME: Boise State lost a five-set heartbreaker on the road in Albuquerque, N.M., in a match it could have won before falling to New Mexico 20-25, 25-13, 28-26, 29-31, 17-15. After winning the opening set the Broncos found themselves down 2-1 in the contest, forcing them into must wins in the fourth and fifth sets. Boise State responded with an extra points win in the fourth, then after giving itself a chance to win it all with a match point at 15-14 in set five the Broncos came up short as the Lobos rallied for the win with three straight points. Alyssa Gammel led Boise State with a career-high 24 kills while hitting .315 percent, followed by Liz Harden who added 15 kills. Chantale Riddle led the Lobos with a team-high 23 kills, 16 digs and seven blocks, followed by Alijah Gunsaulus with 20 kills.
LOOKING AT THE CSU BAKERSFIELD MATCH
CSU BAKERSFIELD'S RECORD: The Roadrunners bring a 12-13 record into the week and are coming off a split last weekend losing at home to Fresno State (3-1) before rebounding with a home victory over Southern Utah (3-1).
ROADRUNNER LEADERS: Debora Araujo leads CSUB with 384 kills for a 4.13 per set average, she also has 22 aces and 64 blocks on the year. Kelsee Sawyer is second with 234 kills.
AS A TEAM: CSUB has hit .203 percent on the year and held opponents to .214 percent.
THE LAST TIME: Liz Harden led Boise State to a four-set 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 28-26 victory at CSU Bakersfield in Bakersfield, Calif. Harden hit 40.9 percent with 21 kills to lead the Broncos, Leah Stevens recorded a team-best and career-high 12 blocks in the contest, tying for the second most in Boise State history. After the Broncos won the first set the Roadrunnners regrouped to win the second. Tied at 12 all in the third set, the Broncos used a 9-1 run to storm out to a 21-13 lead and eventually won 25-16. The fourth set was a battle throughout with 17 ties and 11 lead changes before the Broncos prevailed in extra points. Debora Araujo led the Roadrunners with 18 kills and five blocks, followed by Shayna Guitare with 13 kills and Kelsee Sawyer with 11.
Boise State Notes
Looking at Boise State as a Team
The Broncos are hitting .224 percent on the year to rank fourth in the Mountain West. In conference matches they are hitting .203 percent (5th MW).
On the year, Boise State is ranked third in kills per set at 13.68, the Broncos are fourth in MW matches at 13.62.
Boise State leads in assists on the season with a per set average of 12.95, in conference play the Broncos are also first averaging 12.97 aps.
The Broncos are fourth in service aces with 114 and in per set average at 1.24.
Defensively, Boise State is third in digs with a per set average of 14.64 and seventh in blocks at 2.11 per set this season. The Broncos are seventh in blocks during league action at 2.16 per set.
Liz Harden leads the team in kills on the year with 322 for a 3.5 per set average (3rd MW). Harden is hitting .269 percent (10th MW).
Liz Harden is fourth in the Mountain West during league action for kills per set at 3.59 and seventh in point average at 3.93.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - has moved into fourth-place for career points with 1,178 to date. She needs 28.5 to tie for third at 1,206.5. Note - the points statistic did not start until rally scoring was adopted for the 2001 season.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Harden recorded five kills at Colorado State on Oct. 18 to move into 10th-place on the career kills list with 1,040. On Oct. 27 she tied current assistant coach Alisha Young (2007-10) for ninth all-time with a total of 1,055. She needs five to pass Kristen Dutto (1990-93), who has 1,059, for eighth.
Alyssa Gammel is second on the team in kills with 310 to rank fourth in the MW for kills per set at 3.44. She is hitting .190 percent on the season.
Alyssa Gammel is seventh in the MW for points per set on the year at 3.79 with a total of 341 points.
Alyssa Gammel has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 13 of 24 matches. Gammel is second in digs on the team with 228.
Brittany Reardon, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker, is ranked fifth in the MW for hitting percent at .310, she also has a team third-best 169 kills.
Brittany Reardon leads Boise State in blocks with 79.
Casey Rose, junior setter, is ranked seventh in the MW for assists per set at 6.59. She has a team-high total of 606 assists. She is ranked sixth in league play with a 7.27 average.
Kersti Whitney, senior libero, leads the team defensively with 407 digs to rank third in the MW at 4.42 digs per set, she is fourth in MW action at 4.38 dps.
Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - reached the 1,000 career digs milestone at New Mexico on Oct. 4 when she recorded 19 to give her 1,013 all-time. In the next match at CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 8 she moved into the top-10 in program history with 12 more digs to give her 1,025 surpassing Cyndi Neece (1993-96) for 10th who had 1,024.
Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Whitney currently has 1,118 career digs, she needs to reach 1,160 to tie Jeni Elson for ninth-place.