Broncos Close Out Home Schedule with Wyoming and Colorado State

WHAT'S HAPPENING:  Boise State (15-13, 6-6 MW) closes out its home slate this weekend when the Broncos host the Wyoming Cowgirls (19-10, 6-7 MW) on Thursday night and the Colorado State Rams (17-7, 10-3 MW) on Saturday, both matches are schedule to start at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Bronco Gym.

SENIOR NIGHT:  Saturday is "Senior Night" for the Broncos who will hold short pre-match ceremony to honor their three seniors Liz Harden, Kersti Whitney and Fiona Jones.

MW POLL:  Colorado State was picked to repeat as MW champions, Wyoming was projected third and Boise State seventh in the MW Preseason Poll.  

: It is a busy week at Boise State with events at Bronco Stadium and Taco Bell Arena. As a result, volleyball has reserved the Liberal Arts and Library Parking lots for this weekend.

THURSDAY:  The first 200 fans through the doors get coupons for two tacos at Jack and the Box.

SATURDAY:  Show your football ticket from the Colorado State at Boise State game earlier in the afternoon and get in free.

THE WYOMING-BOISE STATE SERIES:  The Cowgirls won the first meeting of 2012 3-1 in Laramie on Oct. 20. Boise State's first conference win as a member of the Mountain West came last fall (2011) in Laramie when the Broncos won a thrilling five set match, then followed with a 3-1 victory over the Cowgirls later in Boise. The overall series has Wyoming holding a two match advantage 8-6.    

  The series has only been played five times previously with the Rams winning all of them. CSU defeated Boise State 3-0 in the first go around this year in Fort Collins on Oct. 18. Last season CSU swept the Broncos twice by 3-0 scores.

BOISE STATE'S RECORD:  The Broncos are now 15-13 overall and 6-6 in MW play, sitting in a tie for fifth-place. Boise State is now 9-2 at home, 4-8 away and 2-3 on neutral courts. Last week the Broncos extended their win streak to four by defeating Nevada 3-0 on the road, then saw the streak snapped at San Diego State with a 3-0 loss.  

BOISE STATE CLOSING STRONG:  With four matches left in the season the Broncos have played well heading down the stretch going 8-4 in their last 12 contests. They are 6-6 in MW play. Three of the six league losses, including both home defeats this season, were in five sets with the Broncos having a chance to win each of them late.

LIVE STATS:  Live stats will be available for each match at Boise State's website:

WYOMING'S RECORD:  The Cowgirls enter the week at 19-10 overall and 6-7 in MW play. They are on a twomatch win streak defeating Fresno State (3-0) and UNLV (3-1) at home last week. Wyoming is 15-2 at home and 4-8 on the road this year.     

COWGIRL LEADERS:  Jodi Purdy leads the Cowgirls with 366 kills and is ranked third in the MW for kills per set at 3.45, she also has 96 blocks. Calli Miller is second with 230 kills while Erin Kirby and Reese Plante lead in blocks with 170 (1st MW) and 128 (6th MW) respectively.  

AS A TEAM:  Wyoming is hitting a league fourth-best .224 percent and holding opponents to a MW best .138 percent n the year. In conference action they are ranked sixth at .193 percent and allowing .155 percent (2nd MW) hitting by its opponents.   

THE LAST TIME:  On Oct. 20 Boise State lost 3-1 on the road at Wyoming. The Broncos won the opening set 25-20 before the Cowgirls rallied to win the next three 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 to claim the victory. Alyssa Gammel led Boise State with her 12th double-double of the year on 15 kills and 11 digs, followed by Brittany Reardon with 10 kills. On the night Boise State finished hitting .159 percent with 53 kills, 52 assists, five aces, 64 digs and 10.5 blocks. Wyoming countered by hitting .192 percent while recording 53 kills, 45 assists, one ace, 45 digs and 16 blocks. Camille Coffman led the Cowgirls with 15 kills and seven blocks, followed by Jodi Purdy and Reese Plante with 10 kills each.
COLORADO STATE RECORD:  The Rams are second in the MW with a 10-3 conference mark and a 17-7 overall record. They have won four straight including a home sweep last weekend over UNLV (3-0) and Fresno State (3-1). CSU is 14-1 at home this season and 3-6 on the road.

RAM LEADERS:  Dana Cranston leads the team and is second in the MW for kills per set at 3.53 (307 total kills). Brieon Paige and Megan Plourde follow ranked first and second respectively in the MW for hitting percentage at .355 and .354 percent. Plourde has 248 kills and team-best 134 blocks, Paige has 218 kills and 90 blocks.

AS A TEAM:  CSU leads teh conference in hitting percentage on the year at .262 percent and is third in opponent percentage holding teams to .163 percent. In league they are first in both categories at .282 percent and .149 percent.   

   Boise State fell in three sets at Colorado State 25-13, 25-23, 25-16 on Oct. 18 in Fort Collins, Colo. Alyssa Gammel led the blue and orange with 12 kills followed by Brittany Reardon and Liz Harden with five each. Boise State finished the night hitting .079 percent with 32 kills, 30 assists, two service aces, 35 digs and one block. Colorado State hit .398 percent with 45 kills, 42 assists, one ace, 49 digs and 13.5 blocks. Brieon Paige led the Rams with 14 kills while hitting .684 percent to go with five blocks. Megan Plourde followed Paige with 10 kills and eight blocks.

Boise State Notes

The Broncos are hitting .231 percent on the year to rank third in the Mountain West. In conference matches they are also third hitting .212 percent.

On the year, Boise State is ranked second in kills per set at 13.76, the Broncos are third in MW matches at 13.57.

Boise State leads in assists on the season with a per set average of 13.02, in conference play the Broncos are also first averaging 12.93 aps.

The Broncos are third in service aces with 136 and in per set average at 1.31.

Defensively, Boise State is fourth in digs with a per set average of 14.43 and seventh in blocks at 2.13 per set this season. The Broncos are fifth in blocks during league action at 2.26 per set.   

Liz Harden leads the team in kills on the year with 353 for a 3.397 per set average (5th MW). Harden is hitting .273 percent (10th MW).

Liz Harden is fourth in the Mountain West during league action for kills per set at 3.35 and ninth in point average at 3.68.

Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - moved into third-place for career points the weekend of Nov. 8-10 with 1,214 to date.  Note - the points statistic did not start until rally scoring was adopted for the 2001 season.

Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Harden recorded five kills at Colorado State on Oct. 18 to move into 10th-place on the career kills list with 1,040. Harden has since moved into seventh place for career kills following the weekend of Nov. 8-10 with 1,086. She needs 35 to tie for sixth place at 1,121.

Alyssa Gammel is second on the team in kills with 348 to rank fourth in the MW for kills per set at 3.41. She is hitting .200 percent on the season.

Alyssa Gammel is sixth in the MW for points per set on the year at 3.81 with a total of 389 points.

Alyssa Gammel has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 14 of 28 matches. Gammel is second in digs on the team with 257.

Brittany Reardon, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker, is ranked sixth in the MW for hitting percent at .312, she also has a team third-best 182 kills.

Brittany Reardon leads Boise State in blocks with 88 and is ranked 10th in MW for blocks per set at 0.91.
Taylor Murphey, sophomore rightside hitter, has 159 kills (4th Team) and is third in blocks with 66.

Sarah Webster, redshirt freshman middle blocker, is fourth on the team in blocks with 49.  

Casey Rose, junior setter, is ranked seventh in the MW for assists per set at 6.56. She has a team-high total of 682 assists. She is ranked sixth in league play with a 6.98 average.

Kersti Whitney, senior libero, leads the team defensively with 447 digs to rank fourth in the MW at 4.3 digs per set, she is fifth in MW action at 4.15 dps.

Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Whitney currently has 1,158 career digs, she needs to reach 1,160 to tie Jeni Elson for ninth-place, 1,169 to tie for eight, and 1,173 to tie for seventh.

Leah Stevens, is second on the team in blocks with 67.

RESULT:  Boise State won its fourth consecutive match by sweep defeating Nevada on the road 3-0. Unfortunately, that win streak ended Saturday when San Diego State handed the Broncos a 3-0 loss.

STATISTICALLY:  The team hit .248 percent on the week and held opponents to .292 percent. Alyssa Gammel led the Broncos with 23 kills and four blocks, Taylor Murphey added 22 kills and six blocks. Casey Rose had 36 assists followed by Sarah Baugh's 35, while Kersti Whitney recorded a team-best 25 digs.  

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