Broncos Gallop to WAC Volleyball Tournament to Face Louisiana Tech

BOISE, Idaho Two short weeks ago, the Boise State volleyball team swept Louisiana Tech in its final home game of the 2007 season and will look to repeat that performance as the Broncos prepare to face the Lady Techsters in the opening game of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M., Thurs., Nov. 15, at 9:30 a.m.

“Going in to play La Tech, we hope to deserve a higher spot,” said head coach Robin Davis. “We didn’t want to be in the play-in game, but the team is competitive and has been every match no matter what happened this season. We’re coming off what is probably our best road match of the year at Idaho, playing four good games against them at and playing at the highest level and won game one against them. If we get our serving on track and serve top, we can get whoever we’re going to play there. It will be a challenge to play La Tech after the splits one more time, earlier in the morning, but our team will be up for it and we’re excited to play.” ”

This is the third meeting between the two schools this season, splitting the series 1-1. The winner of the first match would then move on to play No. 1 seeded Hawaii at 2:30 p.m., Thursday.

Last Week’s Results:
Eastern Washington L 0-3 (17-30, 17-30, 25-30)
Idaho L 1-4 (30-23, 23-30, 26-30, 26-30)

Sizing Up the Competition...
   Louisiana Tech (1-15, 6-23):
  The Lady Techsters are on a 10-match losing streak entering the WAC tournament, with their last and only conference win coming against the Broncos on Sept. 29 ... As a team, the Lady Techsters rank fifth in both opponent hitting percentage (.186) and service aces (1.38 sapg), while edging out the Broncos in assists (11.56 apg), kills (12.62 kpg) and digs (15.82 dpg) ... Leading the way for La Tech is senior Shannon Phillips, ranking sixth in the WAC in both kills (4.23 kpg) and points (4.68 ppg) ... Adding to the attack is junior Brittney Nakamura averaging 0.32 service aces per game (fifth in the WAC) and 3.90 digs per game (eighth in the WAC) ... Be on the watch for senior Jillian Walker to set the pace for the Lady Techsters as she ranks sixth in the conference averaging 10.24 assists per game. 

Last Time Against...
   Louisiana Tech: It was senior night at Bronco Gym and the Boise State volleyball team sent its seniors out on a high note as the Broncos swept Louisiana Tech in three ... Maren Ericson led the attack for the Broncos as she tallied 13 kills, while Tiffany Starring led the seniors with 11 kills, eight digs, four assists, three aces and a pair of blocks ... Sadie Maughan led the team hitting an impressive .353 (9-3-17) on the night ... Mandy Klein set the pace for the Broncos, tallying 35 assists ... Both Lauren Hamm and Jamie Claussen recorded double-figure digs, as Hamm led the Broncos with 14 and Claussen notched 10 of her own ...As a team, Boise State out blocked the La Tech, 8.0 to 6.0, while out hitting the Lady Techsters .252 (48-14-135) to .087 (41-30-127).

   At the WAC Tournament: The Broncos lost a close four-game match to the Aggies in the tournament’s opening round at the Lawlor Events Center ... The Broncos were led by Cameron Flunder, who posted 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .355 ... The senior, who was named first team All-WAC for the third consecutive year, ended her Bronco career as the school’s all-time leader in kills (1,510) ... She added a team-high six blocks ... In her final career match in a Bronco uniform, senior Jackie Stroud led the team with 14 digs ... The 2006 second team All-WAC selection completed her career as the school’s all-time leader in digs (1,491) and ranked third on the WAC all-time list ... Mandy Klein added 37 assists and Jamie Claussen (12) and Arlee Tamietti (11) each posted double-digit kills against the Aggies.

Head Coach Robin Davis on...
The Possibility of Facing No. 11 Hawaii...
“Going in to the Hawaii match, if we win, we play Hawaii a couple of hours later. We’ll get some lunch and we’ve played them a couple of times, so we think we understand them. They’re coming off of their worst lost in the history of their program to Utah State at Hawaii on Sunday. They’re either going to be really angry and take it out on us or they’ll have a cloud of doubt and we’re going after that cloud. We’re going to go out, serve tough and try to win game one against Hawaii.”

Last Week...
at Eastern Washington:
Despite it’s best efforts to stay on pace with Eastern Washington, the Boise State volleyball team fell to the Eagles in three ...Teammates Jeanette Jenkins and Sadie Maughan led the attack for the Broncos with seven kills each, with Maughan posting a team-high hitting percentage of .286 (7-3-14) ... Mandy Klein set the pace for Boise State, notching 26 assists on the night ... Defensively, Lauren Hamm led the team with seven digs, followed by Tiffany Starring with six and Jamie Claussen with five. Starring also recorded a pair blocks, while Klein added two of her own.

   at Idaho:  In their final match of the regular season, the Boise State volleyball team fell to cross-state rival Idaho in four games ... Jeanette Jenkins tallied 17 kills and hit .229 (17-6-48) on the night ... Alisha King notched 12 kills of her own and hit .233 (12-2-43) ... Senior Tiffany Starring recorded her second double-double of the season as she recorded 10 kills and 15 digs ... Junior Mandy Klein notched 51 assists against the Vandals and hit a team-high .312 (5-0-16) ... Defensively, the Broncos had four players in double digit digs with Lauren Hamm leading the way as she tied her career-high 32, while Starring tallied 15, Jamie Claussen notched 12 and teammate Jeanene Rose recorded 11 of her own.


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