Volleyball Heads to WAC Championship Tournament

WAC Tournament Schedule 
Nov. 22 First Round - New Mexico State 12:00 p.m. (PT)
Nov. 23 Quarterfinals 5:00 p.m./7:30 p.m. (PT)
Nov. 24 Championship Match 7:30 p.m. (PT)

WAC Volleyball Tournament The Bronco volleyball team is heading to Reno, Nev., to compete in the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament, Nov. 22-24, at the Lawlor Events Center.

The Broncos are the No. 7 seed and open with second seeded New Mexico State, ranked No. 21 in the nation. The first round match is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. (PT).

Each of the tournament’s eight matches can be seen on WAC.tv and the championship match can be seen live on CSTV on Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (PT). Live stats will also be available through host school Nevada’s Web site (www.nevadawolfpack.com).

A Look at the Broncos - Led by seniors Cameron Flunder and Jackie Stroud, Boise State has won three of its last four matches and heads into the WAC tournament winners of its last two.

Flunder leads the Broncos averaging 3.43 kills per game. She also leads the Broncos in hitting percentage (.336) and blocks (0.96 per game). Stroud is averaging 4.83 digs per game this year, a mark that would stand as the highest in a single season in Bronco history.

Sophomore setter Mandy Klein leads the Broncos with 10.14 assists per game, and has posted a Bronco best 38 service aces this season.

A Look At New Mexico State The No. 21 Aggies (31-2 overall, 14-2 WAC) defeated the Broncos in each of their two previous meetings this season.

NMSU is led by Jackie Choi’s 12.02 assists per game, Amber Simpson’s .398 hitting percentage, Alice Borden’s 3.96 kills per game, Kim Oguh’s 1.35 blocks per game, and Krystal Torres’ 4.88 digs per game.

 

Bronco Notes...

KLEIN NAMED WAC POW: Boise State University setter Mandy Klein was named the WAC Player of the Week, Monday, marking the first time in her career that she has won the award. In the three matches, Klein totaled 154 assists and 14 kills. Klein heads into the WAC volleyball tournament ranked ninth on the Bronco all-time list for assists in a single season (1,065). This is the second-consecutive week in which a Bronco has taken home the award.

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: Two weeks ago 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...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 which previously stood at 39...Stroud now has 507 digs on the year, breaking the single season mark of 428 set by Linda Clemens in 1984...Stroud has moved into third 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. Jackie Stroud, BSU (2003-present) 1,477

ALL-TIME KILL LEADER: With 350 kills this season, Flunder now has 1,497 on her career, making her the Boise State all-time leader...Flunder went into the 2006 season needing only 135 kills to pass the Broncos’ all-time leader...with 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) 1,497
2. Kelly Baker (1986-89) 1,281
3. Tara Brinkerhoff (1997-2000) 1,241

BLOCKING BRONCOS: The Broncos have an 8-3 record when they outblock their opponents...the Broncos have outblocked four of their last seven opponents.

KILLS LEAD TO SUCCESS: When the Broncos record more kills than their opponents, they are a perfect 10-0...the Broncos have swept seven of the 10 teams in three straight when leading in kills.

FIRST GAME WINS: The Broncos are 10-1 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 3-15...the three victories following a game one loss came 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 11-0.

MOVING UP THE LIST: With 1,065 assists this season, Mandy Klein now has 1,702 on her career...in nearly two full seasons, the sophomore setter has moved into eighth place on the Bronco all-time list...Klein also cracked the Bronco single season top 10 list (ninth).

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. Mandy Klein (2005-present) 1,702

Broncos Receiving 2006 Honors - Senior middle blocker Cameron Flunder was named to the WAC Preseason All-Conference team, as well as the NAU Fiesta Bowl All-Tournament team.
Fellow senior Jackie Stroud earned individual honors at two events this season, being named to both the Washington State University All-Tournament team and the Boise State Invitational All-Tournament team.

Sophomores Mandy Klein and Jeanette Jenkins, as well as freshman Arlee Tamietti, also earned all-tournament recognition. Klein and  Jenkins were each named to the NAU Fiesta Bowl All-Tournament team and Tamietti was named to the Boise State Invitational All-Tournament team.

--broncosports.com--


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