Boise State Rounds Out Regular Season with Three Home Matches

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► What's Happening - The Boise State volleyball team closes out their 2010 regular season schedule this weekend, hosting Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and San Jose State in Bronco Gym. The Broncos will take on Louisiana Tech on Thursday (Nov. 11), followed by a Saturday (Nov. 13) match against New Mexico State. They will close out their regular season schedule on Monday (Nov. 15) when they host San Jose State, a night which will also be used to honor the three Boise State seniors Lauren Hamm, Sadie Maughan and Alisha Young.   

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A Look at Boise State:
● Weekly Recap:
The Broncos come off of a 1-1 weekend on the road, falling to Utah State (3-0) and topping Nevada (3-1) to break a five-match losing streak.

About the Broncos: Boise State holds an 18-11 record on the season, including a 5-8 WAC record. With their win over Nevada, the Broncos tie for the most wins since 1998 when the team went 18-9. Currently Alisha Young leads the team with 356 kills this season, as well as blocks (125) and total points (454.5). Breann Nesselhuf leads the team in assists (1,192), while Amanda Remy leads in aces (29) and digs (377).  

In the Rankings: The Boise State volleyball team has two top-50 national rankings to boast this week with Breann Nesselhuf sitting at No. 38 in assists per set (10.84) and the team holding the No. 43 spot in blocks per set (2.42). As a team, Boise State ranks No. 107 in the RPI rankings.

 Record Watch: A handful of Broncos are making their mark in the Boise State record books this season with Sadie Maughan, Alisha Young, Elizabeth Griffin, Breann Nesselhuf, Lauren Hamm and Amanda Remy all inside the school's top-10 lists. Young and Maughan sit at No. 2 (1,201.5.0) and No. 3 (1,162.5), respectively, on the career-points chart. Junior Griffin joins the senior pair in the career-points top-10, sitting at No. 10 with 511.0 points (No. 9 is Mandy Klein, 549.0, 2005-08). Young also moved up to the No. 2 spot in points in a season (454.5) while Maughan jumped to No. 6 (345.5).

Maughan set a school record for hitting percentage in a match on Sept. 18 against Davidson, earning a .867 hitting percentage. Maughan and Griffin each have had top-10 hitting percentages in a match this season, tying for the No. 8 spot with .692 hitting percentages each. Maughan recorded hers against Long Island (Aug. 28) while Griffin set hers against Weber State (Sept. 8).

Maughan also sits among the top-10 in total career-blocks, tied at No. 5 with 404. (No. 4 is held by Sandy Stewart, 414 blocks, 1986-89). Maughan tied for No. 5 in total blocks in a match (11, against Fresno State) and is No. 4 in all-time assisted blocks in a match against Idaho (Sept. 29) with 10. Young also chases down a spot on the blocks list, sitting only nine blocks away from the No. 10 spot (134, Sandy Stewart, 1988) in total blocks in a season.

Breann Nesselhuf moves to No. 6 in career assists with 2,136 (No. 5 is Beth Bergin, 2,455 assists, 1979-82), while also moving to No. 5 in the season assists list (1,192). Lauren Hamm sits at the No. 5 on the career digs list with 1,210 digs (No. 4 is Brandy Mamizuka, 1,265 digs, 1995-98). Hamm also tallied her 100th career ace serve this past week, chasing down the top-10 list No. 10 spot of 117 (Cameron Flunder, 2003-06).  Amanda Remy entered the Boise State top-10 charts for the first time in her career, now holding the No. 9 spot in season digs with 377 (No. 7 (tied) is 387 digs, Brandy Mamizuka, 1997/Yvette Ybarra, 1990).

Young is nearing the career-kills list with 997 total, chasing down the No. 10 spot held by Debbie Hansmann (1,022 career kills). She already is tied for No. 4 on the top-10 kills in a match this season, hitting 29 kills against Portland State (Sept. 4).

Boise State Head Coach: Shawn Garus is in the midst of his second season at Boise State and currently holds a 141-153 record over his career, as well as a 26-33 record at Boise State.

Match 30 Preview - vs. Louisiana Tech:
● The Series:
The Broncos and Lady Techsters meet up for the 19th time in series history, with Boise State leading the all-time series 16-2. The Broncos have a seven-match winning streak over LTU, including their most recent 3-0 win in Ruston, La., on Oct. 16, 2010.

About the Lady Techsters: Louisiana Tech enters the week with a 12-17 record, including a 1-11 WAC record. The team is led by Kara Jones with 221 kills, 62 blocks and 262.5 points this season. Bianca Bin leads the team with 816 assists, while Jennifer Goodwin leads with 21 aces. Lori Hunsucker rounds out the team's top performers with 495 digs this season.

In the Rankings: Louisiana Tech's Lori Hunsucker is the only top-50 ranked player on the team currently. She sits at No. 33 in the nation in digs per set (5.10). As a team, LTU ranks No. 245 in the RPI rankings.

Louisiana Tech Head Coach: Matt Sonnichsen is in his third season with Louisiana Tech, holding a 31-69 record, including the team's 12-17 record this season.

Match 31 Preview - vs. New Mexico State:
● The Series:
The Broncos and the Aggies enter their 25th all-time competition with each other, dating back to Sept. 8, 1984. The Aggies hold a 16-8 series lead over Boise State, as well as a 13- match winning streak. Most recently the two teams faced-off in Las Cruces, N.M. where the Aggies won 3-2 on Oct. 14.

About the Aggies: New Mexico State enters the week with a 17-10 overall record and a 11-2 conference record. Individually Kayleigh Giddens leads the team with 469 kills, 21 service aces and 517.0 points on the season. Kelsey Brennan leads in total blocks (70), while Ellen Miks leads in digs (268) and Jennah DeVries leads in assists (1034).

In the Rankings: The New Mexico State volleyball team ranks in the nation's top-50 as a team in three categories. Their highest ranking is No. 43 in assists per set (12.85), while they also rank No. 47 in hitting percentage (0.243) and No. 50 in kills per set (13.63). Kayleigh Giddens ranks No. 6 in the nation in kills per set (4.84), as well as No. 8 in points per set (5.33). Jennah DeVries ranks No. 26 in the nation in assists per set (11.00). As a team, New Mexico State ranks No. 59 in the RPI rankings.

Close Ties: Boise State sophomore Jen Visser played her freshman season of volleyball at New Mexico State in 2008 before transferring to Boise State and taking a year off from volleyball.   

New Mexico State Head Coach: Mike Jordan holds a 284-125 record over his 13 years at NMSU, including the team's 17-10 record this season.

Match 32 Preview - vs. San Jose State:
● The Series:
The Broncos and Spartans will meet up for the 22nd time, with SJSU holding a 15-6 series lead over Boise State. Although they have less wins in the series, Boise State most recently holds a three-match win streak including their 3-2 win over the Spartans in San Jose on Sept. 23.

About the Spartans: San Jose State enters the week with an 8-19 record on the season, including a 3-10 WAC record. They are led by Hanah Blume who has tallied 270 kills and 289.0 points this season. Caitlin Andrade has added 914 assists to the offense, while Asia Casino has a team-high of 20 service aces. Katie Turner has added 304 digs, while Alex Akana has rounded up 53 total blocks this season.

In the Rankings: The Spartans rank No. 219 in the RPI rankings.  

San Jose Head Coach: In his fourth year at SJSU, Oscar Crespo currently holds a 36-79 record, including the team's 8-19 record in 2010.

Bronco  Extras
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All-Tournament Team Members - Alisha Young and Sadie Maughan were named to the 2010 Falcon Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Young and Breann Nesselhuf were been named to the 2010 Northwest Challenge All-Tournament Team. In the Uni/Wyo Cowgirl Classic, Young was joined by Liz Harden and Kersti Whitney on the all-tournament team, while Young also collected MVP honors. Most recently, Maughan was named as the NFINITY Wildcat Classic MVP, while also being joined by Nesselhuf on the all-tournament team.

Academic Honors - Liz Harden was named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 Third Team on Nov. 4 for her excellence on the court and in the classroom.

WAC Honors - Boise State's Sadie Maughan earned her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor on Sept. 20 for her efforts during the Sept. 13-19 week. Maughan's honor was only the fourth-ever by a Bronco since joining the WAC.

WAC Coaches' Poll - Boise State was picked to finish fifth in the 2010 WAC Preseason Coaches' Poll in August, earning 35 points. Hawaii was picked to win its 15th-straight WAC title (64 points, 8 first place votes), New Mexico State was picked second (57 pts., one first place vote), Fresno State was picked third (44 pts.) and Utah State was picked fourth (38 pts.) to finish ahead of the Broncos. Rounding out the conference was Idaho in sixth (32 pts.), Nevada in seventh (30 pts.), Louisiana Tech in eighth (30 pts.) and San Jose State in ninth (9 pts.).