Broncos Start Final Stretch at Home
Nov. 8, 2016

THIS WEEK FOR BRONCO VOLLEYBALL

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Thursday, Nov. 10

  • Fresno State (13-12, 4-10 MW) at Boise State (20-6, 11-2 MW)
  • Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on GameTracker
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network
  • Parking: Free parking will be available in the stadium parking lots. 
  • Promotion:  Military Night, free admission for active and retired military personnel with ID, while family members get in for $3 each.

Saturday, Nov. 12

  • San Jose State (11-15, 4-10 MW) at Boise State (20-6, 11-2 MW)
  • Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)
  • 2 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on GameTracker
  • Watch Live on Mountain West Network
  • Promotion:  Family day, a family of four gets in for $12, additional members are $3 each.
  • Parking: Free parking will be available in the stadium parking lots. 


WHAT'S HAPPENING

Boise State (20-6, 11-2 MW) begins the final five-match stretch with four of the contests at home starting with Fresno State (13-12, 4-10 MW) at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain) on Thursday and San Jose State (11-15, 4-10 MW) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, both in Bronco Gym. Boise State has won nine straight, most recently 3-0 at Utah State last Thursday, and is currently tied with Colorado State for first in the Mountain West with an 11-2 mark. Fresno State and San Jose State both split at home last week defeating San Diego State and losing to Nevada.

Boise State swept the first meetings of the year with the Bulldogs and Spartans on the road by 3-0 scores. The Blue and Orange is 13-20 all-time versus Fresno State and 15-16 versus SJSU. The Broncos were picked to place a close second behind Colorado State in the MW Preseason Poll, while Fresno State was projected eighth and San Jose State 10th out of the 11 teams.


BRONCO STORY LINES

Overall Team

  • Boise State brings a 20-6 overall record and 11-2 league mark into the week, tied for first in the league.
  • Can Boise State keep its nine-match win streak going.
  • The Broncos have won five straight over the Bulldogs in a series where 13 of the last 18 meetings have gone to five sets.
  • Boise State has won 12 straight over San Jose State.
  • Boise State has earned its second-consecutive 20-win season and 11th in program history, the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since a five year stretch from 1986 to 1990.
  • Broncos are ranked 33rd in the latest NCAA RPI ranking of the fall ... and 32nd in the Rich Kerns RPI.
  • Boise State is hitting 25 percent (2nd MW/49th NCAA) as a team and holding opponents to 18.2 percent (3rd MW) ... the Broncos are averaging 14.48 kills (1st MW/6th NCAA) and 2.53 blocks (4th MW/34th NCAA) per set.

Sierra Nobley

  • Nobley leads the MW in double-doubles this year recording 14 in 26 matches, she is tied for second among active players in the MW with 31 in her career.
  • Nobley has moved into second place on the Boise State career kills list with 1,358 ... first place (1,510) is most likely out of reach this year.
  • Nobley has moved into fourth on the Boise State career points list with 1,516.5 ... she needs 46.5 to move into a tie for third at 1,563.0.
  • The Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year leads the league on the year and in conference play in kills per set at 4.54 and 4.80, respectively ... on the year she is ranked 13th nationally.
  • She leads the MW and is ranked 16th nationally for points per set at 5.09 ... she leads conference in MW play at 5.38. 
  • Has been named MW Offensive Player of the Week twice this season and a school record seven times in her career.

Maddy O’Donnell

  • Maddy O’Donnell moved into eighth place for career blocks in the win over Utah State (Nov. 3) with four to give her 365, she now needs three to tie for seventh (368).
  • Maddy O’Donnell is second on team and eighth in MW for scoring with 330.5 points (243 kills, 22 service aces, 12 block solos and 107 block assists) ... ninth in MW for points per set at 3.63.
  • O’Donnell is second in the MW during league play for blocks per set at 1.52 with 67 total blocks ... on the year she is third in the MW and 37th in NCAA at 1.31 per set ... she is fourth in the MW and is 45th nationally for total blocks at 119.
  • O’Donnell is fourth in the MW on the year and 65th nationally in hitting percentage at .351.
  • Was named MW Offensive Player of the Week once this season (Oct. 17).

Maddi Osburn

  • Defensively, Maddi Osburn leads the MW and is 34th nationally in digs per set at 5.02 ... she has a league high 457 total digs which ranks 64th in the NCAA. 
  • Her 457 digs this year ranks fifth in school history ... she needs 15 to move into fourth (472).
  • Osburn is in 11th on the Bronco all-time career digs list with 1,130, 30 short of 10th (1,160).
  • Has been named MW Defensive Player of the Week four times this season an five times in career.

Kaitlyn Oliver

  • Oliver is the current school career hitting percentage record holder at .371 (719-162-1502) ... she is hitting .350 this season to rank second on team, fifth in MW and 69th in NCAA.
  • Oliver has 260 career blocks to rank 18th in program history, 16 short of 17th (276). 

Sabryn Roberts

  • Second on team in total kills with 250 ... 14 matches in double-figure kills. 
  • Third on team in total points with 277.

Janell Walley

  • The freshman has 135 kills to rank fifth on team.
  • 11 matches with seven or more kills with a season-high of 10 at San Jose State (Oct. 13).
  • Second on team in total services aces with 22 ... ranked 12th in MW for aces per set at 0.26. 

Jaymee-Lee Bulda

  • Bulda leads MW and third nationally for assists per set at 11.74. 
  • She has 892 assists this year which is fourth in MW, 106th in NCAA.
  • Bulda ranks 17th in program history for career assists with 910.

Emily Sullivan

  • Leads team in service aces with 29, sixth in MW. 
  • Ranked second in MW and 47th nationally in service aces per set at 0.39.


QUICK LOOK AT FRESNO STATE

  • Fresno State is 13-12 overall and 4-10 in league ... the Bulldogs are coming off a home split last week falling 3-0 to Nevada, then defeated San Diego State 3-1.
  • The Bulldogs return all four starters plus the libero and nine letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 14-18 overall and 6-12 in conference, eighth place.
  • Aleisha Coates leads Fresno State in kills per set 3.61 (4th MW) ... Brielle Hefner adds 2.06 kps.
  • As a team the Bulldogs hit 20.5 percent (8th MW) and hold opponents to 21.6 percent (8th MW), they average 12.4 kills per set (7th MW).


QUICK LOOK AT SAN JOSE STATE

  • SJSU is 11-15 overall and 4-10 in league ... the Spartans are coming off a home split last week defeating San Diego State 3-1, then fell 3-0 to Nevada.
  • SJSU returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s team that went 13-18 overall and 5-13 in MW play, good for a ninth place tie.
  • Giulia Gavio leads SJSU with a 3.19 kills per set average (11th MW) ... Summer Avery adds 2.26 kps.
  • As a team the Spartans hit 16.2 percent (11th MW) and hold opponents to 19.8 percent (5th MW), they average 12.25 kills per set (8th MW).

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