This Week The Boise State University volleyball team hosts three matches this week to close out its regular season. The Broncos will play Hawaii (Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.), Utah State (Thursday, 7:00 .p.m.) and Nevada (Saturday, 6:00 p.m.). All matches will be held in Bronco Gym.
Boise State (11-15 overall, 4-9 WAC) is coming off of a road trip in which it posted a five-game victory over Fresno State, Nov. 11, and a three-game loss to San Jose State, Nov. 9.
Senior Cameron Flunder leads the Broncos in kills (3.39 per game), blocks (.91 per game) and hitting percentage (.333). Sophomore Mandy Klein leads the team with 9.80 assists per game and .39 service aces per game. Senior Jackie Stroud, who broke three Bronco records and a WAC record en route to conference Player of the Week honors last week, is averaging 4.66 digs per game to lead the squad.
Senior Night Saturday’s match against Nevada (6:00 p.m.) will be senior night. Come out and show your Bronco support by saying thanks to seniors Cameron Flunder and Jackie Stroud for four great years of Bronco volleyball!
The Teams Hawaii, ranked No. 14, is coming off a week in which it knocked off No. 20 New Mexico State in four games and Louisiana Tech in three games. Hawaii (21-5 overall, 13-1 WAC) has won eight consecutive matches, and is led by Jamie Houston’s 5.48 kills per game, Kanoe Kamana’o’s 13.49 assists per game, Jayme Lee’s 3.84 digs per game, and Kari Gregory’s 1.53 blocks per game.
Utah State heads into this week with a 13-16 overall record (6-8 WAC), and is coming off a victory over Nevada, Nov. 11. The Aggies are led by Amanda Nelson’s 4.11 kills per game, Melissa Larson’s 1.19 blocks per game, Heather Hillier’s 9.40 assists per game, and Kelsi Peterson’s 4.48 digs per game.
Nevada (15-12 overall, 9-5 WAC) dropped matches to conference rival Utah State (2-3) and non-conference opponent No. 21 Brigham Young (0-3) last week. The Wolf Pack is led by Teal Ericson’s 4.16 kills per game, 2.89 digs per game from Allison Hernandez, Karly Sipherd’s 1.29 blocks per game, and Tristin Johnson’s 10.64 assists per game.
STROUD NAMED WAC POW: Boise State libero Jackie Stroud was named the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 13. Stroud earned her first career Player of the Week award after breaking three Bronco records, digs in a match (41), digs in a season (428) and digs in a career (1,403). The digs in a match also broke a WAC record.
DIGGING THE RECORD BOOKS: Last week senior Jackie Stroud broke two Bronco records and shattered another...with 28 digs against San Jose State, the libero became Boise State’s all-time leader in digs (1,403)...Stroud then posted 41 digs on Fresno State, shattering the Broncos’ single game mark of 33, set on Oct. 4, 1986...the mark also broke the WAC record for digs in a single match (39)...the effort also increased Stroud’s season total to 433, breaking the single season mark of 428 set by Linda Clemens in 1984...Stroud has moved into sixth place on the WAC digs career list.
WAC Career Digs All-time List
1. Tricia Tuley, FS (1993-96) 1,864
2. Jessie Shull, SJSU (2003-present) 1,584
3. Diana Nalbandian, FS (1994-97) 1,470
4. Kim Willoughby, UH (2000-03) 1,440
5. Beth Karasek, SMU (2001-04) 1,416
6. Jackie Stroud, BSU (2003-present) 1,403
ALL-TIME KILL LEADER: With 305 kills this season, Flunder now has 1,452 on her career, making her the Boise State all-time leader for kills in a career...Flunder went into the 2006 season needing only 135 kills to pass the Broncos’ all-time leader...with a season-high 20 kills against Louisiana Tech, Sept. 21, Flunder surpassed Kelly Baker (1986-89) to become the school’s all-time leader in career kills.
Boise State All-time Kill Leaders
1. Cameron Flunder (2003-present) 1,452
2. Kelly Baker (1986-89) 1,281
3. Tara Brinkerhoff (1997-2000) 1,241
BLOCKING BRONCOS: The Broncos have a 7-3 record when they outblock their opponents...Boise State has posted more blocks than its opponent for three consecutive matches (Fresno State, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech).
KILLS LEAD TO SUCCESS: When the Broncos record more kills than their opponents, they are a perfect 9-0...the Broncos have swept seven of the nine teams in three straight games when leading in kills.
FIRST GAME WINS: The Broncos are 8-1 in matches in which they win the first game, with the only loss coming to Idaho, Oct. 25...when the Broncos lose the first game, however, they are 3-14, with victories against Louisiana Tech, North Dakota State and Fresno State.
KILL PERCENTAGE: The Broncos have recorded a kill percentage of .250 or higher against four teams this season (Fresno State, Gonzaga, Northern Arizona, and Louisiana Tech)...when hitting above .250, the Broncos have swept each of their opponents in three consecutive games...similarly, when the Broncos lead their opponent in kill percentage, they are a perfect 9-0.
MOVING UP THE LIST: With 911 assists already this season, Mandy Klein now has 1,548 on her career...in not even two full seasons, the sophomore has moved into eighth place on the Bronco all-time list...with 49 more assists this season, Klein will also crack the top 10 list for most assists in a single season.
Boise State Career Assists Top 10
1. Brandy Mamizuka (1995-98) 4,774
2. Alissa Victor (1988-91) 3,997
3. Sara Herzberg (1984-87) 3,944
4. Beth Bergin (1979-82) 2,455
5. Chera Sommer (1999-2002) 2,080
6. Christina Melvin (2003-04) 1,862
7. Mindy Bennett (2001-04) 1,696
8. Mandy Klein (2005-present) 1,548
9. Angela Adams (1992-94) 1,539
10. Katrina Stein (1982-84) 1,130