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Broncos to Face Host Team Hawai?i as the No. 7 Seed at the 2008 WAC Tournament

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BOISE, Idaho -- The Boise State volleyball team completed their 2008 regular season on this past week, picking up a 3-1 win over Fresno State on Thursday and falling 3-0 to Nevada on Saturday. With the 1-1 split over the weekend, the Broncos secured the No. 7 seed for the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Tournament hosted by the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu.

 

WAC Tournament:

The No. 7 seeded Broncos will take on the No. 2 seed and tournament host Hawai’i in the third match of the tournament. Boise State will face the Rainbow Wahine on Thurs., Nov. 20 at 10:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

 

The tournament schedule goes as follows:

Thursday, November 20

Match 1 No. 8 Fresno State vs. No. 9 Louisiana Tech, 12:30 p.m. (MT)

Match 2 No. 6 Nevada vs. No. 3 Idaho, 3 p.m. (MT)

Match 4 No. 4 San Jose State vs. No. 4 Utah State, 5:30 p.m. (MT)

Match 5 Winner Match 1 vs. No. 1 New Mexico State, 8 p.m. (MT)

Match 3 No. 7 Boise State at No. 2 Hawai’i, 10:30 p.m. (MT)

 

Friday, November 21 (Semifinals)

Match 7 Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5, 8 p.m. (MT)

Match 6 Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 3, 10:30 p.m. (MT)

 

Sunday, November 23 (Championships)

Match 8 Winner Match 6 vs. Winner Match 7, 6 p.m. (MT)

 

Follow the Action Live:

The University of Hawai’i will provide live stats for the entire tournament at: http://livestats.internetconsult.com/hawaii/wvball/

 

The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its Web site partner JumpTV Sports, will stream all of the matches of the 2008 WAC Volleyball Tournament.  Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.

 

Single matches can be viewed on WAC.tv for $9.95 or fans can subscribe to the full volleyball tournament package (all eight matches) for $19.95.

 

More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.

 

No. 7 Seed - Boise State Broncos:

Boise State holds a 9-18 record over the regular season, including a 5-11 record in WAC matches. They hold a 3-6 road record, including a 3-0 loss at Hawai’i on September 20.

 

The Broncos are led offensively by sophomore Sadie Maughan who has tallied 210 kills (.278 percentage) on the season. She also holds the second highest block total for the Broncos with 100 (15 solo). Sophomore Alisha King sits just behind in kills with 209 on the season and a team leading kills per set average of 2.22. King is also tied with sophomore Lauren Hamm for a team high of 24 service aces. Hamm also leads the team in digs with 351 on the season (3.55 per set average). Senior Mandy Klein ranks second on the team in digs with 195 while also running the majority of the offense on her 795 set assists this season. Freshman Lydia Blaha leads the team defensively at the net with 105 blocks (23 solo) on the season and a 1.14 per set average.

 

In the WAC standings, Boise State holds the No. 3 spot in blocks, No. 5 in opponent hitting percentage, No. 7 in hitting percentage and No. 8 in assists, kills, aces and digs.

 

Four Broncos rank in the WAC individual standings with Maughan holding the No. 8 spot in both hitting percentage and blocks. Blaha leads the Broncos with the No. 4 spot in blocks while Hamm ranks No. 6 in digs, and Klein ranks No. 7 in assists.

 

No. 2 Seed - Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine:

Hawai’i boasts the top overall record in the conference with a 23-3 regular season record and they tie New Mexico State with a 15-1 conference record. They currently hold the No. 6 spot in the Bison/AVCA Division I Coaches Top-25 Poll.

 

The Wahine is led by Jamie Houston who has 319 kills this season (3.99 per set) and has added 55 blocks (10 solo). Kanani Danielson has added the second highest kills total of 234 while also producing a .304 percentage. She also leads the team in digs with 243 on the season. Amber Kaufamn has totaled 42 aces to lead the team while also producing a team high in total blocks with 79. Nickie Thomas has produced the most solo blocks with 11 and has a total of 55 blocks on the season. Dani Mafua has led the offense with 900 set assists.

 

As a team, the Rainbow Wahine lead the WAC in hitting percentage, assists, kills and aces. They rank No. 4 in blocks, No. 3 in opponent hitting percentage and No. 4 in digs.

 

Individually, Kaufman leads the WAC in hitting percentage and aces while Houston ranks No. 2 in kills and points. Mafua leads the conference in assists while Aneli Cubi-Otineru ranks No. 2 in aces and No. 9 in hitting percentage. Thomas sits at No. 2 in hitting percentage while Stephanie Ferrell ranks No. 3 and Danielson ranks No. 5. Danielson also ranks No. 8 in both kills and digs for the Wahine.

 

Hawai’i holds an 18-0 record over Boise State and was the team that knocked the Broncos out of the tournament in 2007. The Wahine earned a 2-0 record over the Broncos during the 2008 regular season.

 

No. 3 Seed University of Idaho Vandals:

The Broncos see a chance of playing the Vandals in the tournament if they can upset No. 2 seeded Hawai’i and advance to the semifinal round. Idaho holds an 18-9 regular season record while also boasting a 11-5 WAC record.

 

They are led by Haley Larsen who has 456 kills on the season and leads the WAC in kills and points. Anna McKinney is also a big force for the Vandals totaling 193 kills and a team leading .303 hitting percentage. She also has 143 blocks (15 solo) to lead the WAC in the category and holds the No. 6 spot in the WAC for hitting percentage. Debbie Pedersen has totaled 78 blocks (five solo), good for the No. 7 spot in WAC blocking while Kelsey James has racked up 1059 assists, good for the No. 2 spot in the WAC for assists. Kelsey Yonker has notched 32 aces and 417 digs to rank No. 4 and No. 3 in those WAC categories, respectively.

 

As a team, Idaho ranks No. 1 in digs and blocks, No. 2 in opponent hitting percentage, No. 3 in assists, No. 4 in hitting percentage and kills and No. 7 in aces.

 

Idaho holds a 46-22 all-time record over the Broncos, including a 2-0 sweep of regular season conference matches in 2008.

 

No. 6 Seed Nevada Wolf Pack:

Nevada is another team that the Broncos have a chance to face if they were to defeat Hawai’i in the quarterfinals and advance to the semifinals. Nevada holds a 12-14 overall record and a 7-9 conference record on the season.

 

Offensively, the Wolf Pack is led by Kylie Harrington who has tallied 296 kills and ranks No. 7 in kills in the WAC and No. 10 in points. Lindsay Baldwin in close behind with 280 kills and has totaled 116 blocks (12 solo) during the season. She ranks No. 3 in the WAC in blocks, No. 6 in total points and No. 10 in kills. Defensively, the Wolf Pack is led by libero Nicole Link who has tallied 360 digs and 27 aces. She sits at No. 5 in digs for the WAC and No. 10 in aces. Allison Hernandez also ranks in digs in the conference standings, sitting at No. 10 with 271 digs. Sonnie Sei has racked up 810 assists, good for No. 6 in the WAC standings.

 

As a team, Nevada ranks No. 4 in the WAC standings in opponent hitting percentage, No. 5 in blocks and aces, No. 6 in hitting percentage and No. 7 in assists, kills and digs.

 

Nevada holds a 24-18 all-time record over the Broncos, including a 2-0 regular season sweep during the 2008 season.