Broncos Host Final Home Stand of 2007 Season

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State volleyball team will look for a win in its final two home matches of the 2007 as the Broncos play host to No. 13 New Mexico State, Thursday, and Louisiana Tech, Saturday. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. MT.

“We have four seniors and they’ve been leaders and ambassadors for this sport. Academically they are great kids,” said head coach Robin Davis. “They’ve been hurt their whole careers and they are limping through this, but they are great inspirations to this program.”

This marks the second meeting between the two schools this season, with the Broncos falling to the Aggies 0-3 and dropping the match to the Lady Techsters, 2-3 in their first meetings.

Saturday’s match against La. Tech is Senior Night for Boise State. The Broncos will honor Jamie Claussen, Ki Eveland, Tiffany Starring and Kristen Voyson prior to the first game.

Last Week’s Results:
at San Jose State L 2-3 (31-29, 22-30, 31-29, 21-30, 9-15)
at Nevada L 0-3  (25-30, 18-30, 26-30)

Sizing Up the Competition...
   New Mexico State (10-2, 19-4): The Aggies have five different players ranked among the conference leaders in seven different categories ... Senior Kim Oguh ranks fourth in hitting percentage (.337), sixth in blocks (1.26 bpg) and 10th in points (4.22 ppg) ... Junior Amber Simpson is second in the WAC in hitting percentage (.345) and 10th in blocks (1.09 bpg) ... Defensively, look for Krystal Torres to lead the Aggies as the junior leads the WAC in digs (5.53 dpg) and is 10th in service aces (0.28 sapg).

   Louisiana Tech (1-12, 6-20): The Lady Techsters are on a seven-match losing streak, however, their last win of the season and only conference win this season came against the Broncos to end their 29 conference match losing streak ... Leading the way for La Tech is senior Shannon Phillips who ranks fifth in the conference in both kills (4.41 kpg) and points (4.80 ppg) ... Be on the watch for junior Brittney Nakamura to make an impact on the floor for the Lady Techsters as she ranks seventh in both service aces (0.29 sapg) and digs (3.96 dpg).

Last Time Against...
   New Mexico State: Boise State fell to then No. 24 New Mexico State in three games ... the Broncos were led by Arlee Tamietti and Jeanette Jenkins who each tallied nine kills respectively ... Setter Mandy Klein notched 23 assists ... Lauren Hamm had nine digs while Klein tallied eight and Jeanene Rose recorded seven respectively.

   Louisiana Tech: Despite putting up a tough fight, the Broncos fell to Louisiana Tech in five games ... Sadie Maughan posted six total blocks while Jeanette Jenkins tallied three solo blocks ... The Broncos had four girls with double-digit kills including Arlee Tamietti (18), Jenkins (14), Robyn Hewitt (13) and Alisha King (11) ... Mandy Klein tallied 56 assists, 11 digs and two service aces ... Lauren Hamm led Boise State in digs with 24, while teammate Jeanene Rose notched 10 of her own.

Head Coach Robin Davis on ...
New Mexico State...

“When we played them earlier there, we played a good match and we felt that we played one of our better matches. We really felt good about our effort in the early games. When looking at New Mexico State, they’ve continued to get better. They’re the number 13 team in the country, but we’re at home and we like competition. Every single week our team has re-geared for winning a match, so even though they’re a Top-25 team, we’re excited about it.”

Last Time Against Louisiana Tech...
“It was tough over there because we were up two-nothing and let a couple of games get away. We lost Sadie Maughan that match and she hasn’t played since, so she’ll play a little this weekend and it will be exciting to have Sadie back on the court for us as our top middle blocker. ”

Last Week ...
Against San Jose State: Boise State got off to a strong start against San Jose State as it took the first game, but despite their best efforts, the Broncos fell to the Spartans in five ... Maren Ericson tallied 19 kills, while Jeanette Jenkins notched 11 of her own ... Mandy Klein recorded 37 assists, while Tiffany Starring added four service aces ... Three Broncos recorded double-digit dig figures with Lauren Hamm leading the way with 16, followed by Jeanene Rose with 15 and Jamie Claussen with 12 ... Robyn Hewitt tallied six blocks.

   Against Nevada:  The Broncos put up a fight against Nevada, but fell to the Wolf Pack in three ... Tiffany Starring hit an impressive .526 (12-2-19) ... Mandy Klein recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 27 assists and 10 digs ... Lauren notched nine digs and recorded a pair of service aces ... Robyn Hewitt recorded three blocks against the Wolf Pack.

Double The Fun - This season, four different Broncos have tallied a double-double...

Jamie Claussen vs. UTSA 12 digs/12 kills
Arlee Tamietti vs. UC Davis 14 kills/14 digs
Lauren Hamm vs. UC Davis 10 kills/19 digs
Arlee Tamietti vs. Fresno State 23 kills/13 digs
Maren Ericson at Fresno State 10 kills/10 blocks
Mandy Klein San Jose State 23 assists/11 digs
Mandy Klein Idaho State 62 assists/20 digs
Mandy Klein at Utah Valley 42 assists/10 digs
Tiffany Starring at Utah Valley 12 kills/12 digs
Mandy Klein at Nevada 27 assists/10 digs

Broncos Bust Records - It was a day for the record books at Fresno State, Oct. 4, as Boise State tallied 109 total digs to rank eighth on the all-time team match records list ... Freshman Lauren Hamm notched a career-high 32 digs to place fourth on the Broncos’ all-time individual match high list ... In addition, six other Broncos set career highs against the Bulldogs ...

Elise Ardron 21 Attempts, 3 Digs
Maren Ericson 25 Attempts; 10 Blocks, Hit .273
Jeanette Jenkins 2 Assists
Alisha King 20 Kills, 62 Attempts
Jeanene Rose 26 Digs
Kristen Voyson 13 Digs

Unbelievable Underclassmen - The Broncos have five players ranked among the Conference leaders in seven different statistical categories, with two of the four being freshmen and one being a sophomore. Among the leaders are freshmen Lauren Hamm (fourth, 4.29 digs per game; third, 0.35 service aces per game) and Sadie Maughan (fifth, .276 hitting percentage; eighth, 1.17 blocks per game); sophomore Arlee Tamietti (eighth, 4.46 points per game; ninth, 3.65 kills per game). In addition, junior Mandy Klein ranks seventh in assists (10.18 apg) and senior Tiffany Starring ranks eighth in service aces (0.28 sapg).

Klein Climbs Charts - Junior setter Mandy Klein, who ranks fifth on the Broncos’ career list in assists, currently ranks seventh in the WAC with 10.18 apg ... Klein notched a career-high 61 assists against Fresno State ... she holds fourth place on the Broncos’ career list in assists ... The junior has posted 845 assists this season, moving her career total to 2,520.

Digging Machine - Libero Lauren Hamm proved to be a force to be reckoned with on the defensive front at Fresno State as she notched a career-high 32 digs ... Hamm leads the Broncos with 352 digs on the season, averaging 4.29 digs per game and ranks fourth in the WAC.

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