Broncos Face #7 Hawaii, Louisiana Tech at Bronco Gym

After splitting 1-1 last week against Utah Valley University and New Mexico State, the Boise State volleyball team heads into their penultimate week of the regular season. The Broncos 7-16 (3-9 WAC) will first play host to No. 7 Hawaii on Thurs., Nov. 6 followed by Louisiana Tech on Sat., Nov. 8, with both matches at 7 p.m.


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Boise State Broncos:

Picking up a 3-2 win over Utah Valley University on Tuesday gave the Broncos their first victory over the Wolverines in school history. On Saturday, the Broncos faced a tough New Mexico State team that picked up their second win over the Broncos this season, winning 3-0.


Boise State is lead in kills by sophomore Sadie Maughan who has totaled 185 kills and a .281 hitting percentage over the season. She also leads the team with 244.5 points and is second on the team in blocks with 88. Sophomore Alisha King has added 167 kills this season, while Elizabeth Griffin has added 161 and Jeanette Jenkins with 148. Mandy Klein has racked up 675 set assists running the Bronco offense this season while also sitting second on the team in ace serves with 16. King and sophomore Lauren Hamm lead the team in aces with 17 each. Hamm sits one dig short of 300 for the season, to lead the team while Klein has added 166 digs and Jeanene Rose had added 160. Freshman Lydia Blaha leads the team in blocks with 94 total (21 solo).


Boise State currently holds the No. 7 spot in the Western Athletic Conference weekly standings. As a team they rank No. 3 in the conference in blocks (2.60 per set average) while also sitting at No. 5 in opponent hitting percentage (.201).


Blaha holds the top individual ranking for the Broncos in the WAC with a No. 4 spot in blocks (1.16 per set average). Maughan holds the No. 6 spot in blocks (1.05) while also sitting at No. 8 in hitting percentage (.281). Hamm is the only other Bronco in the standings, sitting at No. 6 in digs (3.48 per set average).


In the national rankings, Boise State holds the No. 22 spot in blocks per set (2.60 average) while Blaha sits at No. 50 in blocks per set individually. Maughan ranks No. 109 in blocks per set, while also ranking 223rd in hitting percentage. Klein ranks No. 209 in assists per set while Hamm ranks No. 218 in digs per set.


On the Lookout:

Senior Jeanette Jenkins is just 28 kills away from hitting the landmark number of 1,000 career kills. With 972 career kills, she will have four regular season matches as well as at least one WAC tournament match to achieve the number. Senior Mandy Klein is only 52 assists away from hitting a career total of 3,500, holding a total of 3,448 currently.


Hawaii Rainbow Wahine:

Hawaii enters the weekend with a 19-3 record and a 12-1 conference record. The Rainbow Wahine moved up one notch to the No. 7 spot in the Bison/AVCA national polls. They are currently on a six match winning streak and most recently defeated Nevada, 3-0, on Friday and Utah State, 3-0, on Saturday.


The Rainbow Wahine are led by Jamie Houston who has tallied 284 kills and a .256 hitting percentage this season. Kanani Danielson sits just behind Houston with 202 kills while also sharing the team leading mark of 202 digs with Tara Hittle. Nickie Thomas holds the team’s highest hitting percentage with a .396 and 108 kills, while Dani Mafua has totaled 794 set assists. Amber Kaufman leads the Rainbow Wahine with 66 blocks (three solo) and 37 service aces.


Hawaii leads the WAC overall standings as well as leading in the categories of hitting percentage, assists, kills and service aces.


Individually, Thomas leads the WAC in hitting percentage while Kaufman sits at No. 2, Stephanie Ferrell at No. 3, Danielson at No. 7 and Aneli Cubi-Otineru at No. 10. Mafua leads the WAC in assists while Houston holds the No. 2 spot in kills and points. Danielson also sits at No. 7 in kills, No. 10 in point and No. 8 in digs for Hawaii. Kaufman leads the WAC in aces with Cubi-Otineru at No. 4 in the category while Hittle holds the No. 9 spot in digs.


The Rainbow Wahine rank No. 2 in the nation in assists per set, No. 4 in kills per set, No. 5 in hitting percentage and No. 10 in match win-loss percentage. They also hold top-100 spots in aces per set (#76) and blocks per set (#81). Individually, three players rank in the top-100. Mafua holds the highest spot at No. 10 in assists per set, while Kaufman sits at No. 14 in aces per set and No. 35 in hitting percentage. Houston rounds out the group at No. 23 in kills per set.


Hawaii holds a 17 match winning streak over the Broncos, holding a 17-0 all-time series record against Boise State. The Rainbow Wahine have already earned one win over the Broncos, a 3-0 sweep, in Hawaii on Sept. 20.


Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters:

Louisiana Tech comes off a week of competition where they defeated Houston Baptist, 3-1 on Tues., Oct. 28, lost 3-0 to New Mexico State on Thurs., Oct. 30 and lost 3-1 to Fresno State on Sat., Nov. 1. They now hold a 4-19 record overall and a 0-12 WAC record.


The Lady Techsters are led by KC Clayton with 152 kills followed by Taylor Fritz with 134 kills. Bianca Bin has tallied 580 assists on the season. Debora Bolonhini leads the team in service aces with 17 while Fritz has added 16. Bolonhini also leads the team in digs with 339 while Clayton leads the net defense for the Lady Techsters with 90 blocks (13 solo).


As a team, Louisiana Tech ranks No. 5 in the WAC in digs while sitting at No. 6 in blocks. Individually, Bolonhini holds the highest ranking at No. 2 in digs. Bin sits at No. 8 in assists while Clayton holds the No. 5 spot in blocks.


The Lady Techsters have no team NCAA team rankings in the top-100; however, Clayton ranks No. 64 in blocks per set while Bolonhini sits at No. 92 in digs per set.


Boise State holds a 12-2 lead in the all-time series against Louisiana Tech. Their most recent win came in Ruston on Oct. 16 with a 3-1 victory.


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