Broncos Earn No. 4 Seed in 2010 WAC Volleyball Tournament

► What's Happening - The Boise State volleyball team has qualified for the 2010 Western Athletic Conference tournament in Las Vegas, Nov. 22-24. The Broncos received word late Thursday night that they earned the No. 4 seed in the six-team tournament. Boise State will play in the second match of the tournament, taking on in-state rival No. 5-seeded Idaho in a 7:30 pm match on Mon., Nov. 22 at the Orleans Arena.

WAC Tournament Central - For live, up-to-date information on the WAC volleyball tournament, visit: http://www.wacsportsvolleyballtournament.com/video?KEY=&DB_OEM_ID=10100&DB_LANG=&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT=

Live Stats - Live stats will be available at: http://www.wacsports.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?SPSID=45981&SPID=4125&&DB_OEM_ID=10100

Live Streaming - The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, has announced it will stream the first two days of the 2010 WAC Volleyball Tournament.  Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.

Each day, you can view both matches on WAC.tv for $9.95.  Wednesday's championship match is not available on WAC.tv, but can be viewed on ESPNU.

 Bronco Blog - Follow the team's adventures at the WAC tournament by visiting their blog which will include updates from the players, photos and video from the trip. Go to: BRONCO BLOG to view.

Tournament Seeds - The seeds for the six-team tournament have been set with Hawaii, who has won 14-straight WAC titles and went 16-0 this season, earning the No. 1 seed. New Mexico State earned the No. 2 seed, while Utah State received the No. 3 seed. The Broncos were in at No. 4, while Idaho was at the No. 5 seed. Nevada rounds out the tournament field with the No. 6 seed.

Tournament Schedule - The 2010 WAC Volleyball Tournament schedule is as follows:
Monday, Nov. 22
No. 3 Utah State vs. No. 6 Nevada, 5 pm
No. 4 Boise State vs. No. 5 Idaho, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 23
Winner Match 1 vs. No. 2 New Mexico State, 5 pm
Winner Match 2 vs. No. 1 Hawaii, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 24
Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 6:30 pm (ESPNU-HD)

Ticket Information - The 2010 WAC Volleyball Tournament will consist of five matches in three sessions. Ticket prices are as follows:

All-Session

$45

Single-Session Adult

$20

Single-Session Students/Youth

$10

Kids 2 and under

Free

All seating is general admission and tickets can be purchased at the Orleans Arena ticket office.

A Look at Boise State:
● Weekly Recap:
The Broncos had only one match this week, taking on San Jose State on Mon,. Nov. 15. The Broncos punched their tickets to the tournament with a 3-1 win over the Spartans on "Senior Night."  

2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament Review: Boise State entered the 2009 tournament as the No. 6 seed and upset No. 3 seeded Idaho (25-22, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21) in the first match of the tournament. They went on to face No. 2 seeded New Mexico State, falling 16-25, 24-26, 10-25. The win over Idaho advanced the Broncos into the semifinals, further than they had ever advanced in the WAC tournament. Also making history was three Broncos (Breann Nesselhuf, Alisha Young and Sadie Maughan) being named to the All-WAC Second Team and the first-ever All-Freshman team honoree, Liz Harden. The four honorees were the most honors in a season by a Bronco team since joining the WAC. Nesselhuf also earned a post-tournament honor when she was named to the WAC All-Tournament Team.

About the Broncos: Boise State holds a 21-11 record on the season, including an 8-8 WAC record. The Broncos now hold the most wins since 1990 when the team earned 23 wins under Darlene Bailey. The team also has recorded the most 3-0 sweeps in a season, tying the total number from 1992 when the team had 12 under Bailey. Currently Alisha Young leads the team with 394 kills this season, as well as blocks (137) and total points (502.0). Breann Nesselhuf leads the team in assists (1,272), while Amanda Remy leads in aces (31) and digs (411).  

In the Rankings: The Boise State volleyball team has two top-50 national rankings to boast this week with Breann Nesselhuf sitting at No. 38 in assists per set (10.81) and the team holding the No. 36 spot in blocks per set (2.47). As a team, Boise State ranks No. 100 in the RPI rankings.

 Record Watch: A handful of Broncos are making their mark in the Boise State record books this season with Sadie Maughan, Alisha Young, Elizabeth Griffin, Breann Nesselhuf, Lauren Hamm and Amanda Remy all inside the school's top-10 lists. Young and Maughan sit at No. 2 (1,249.0) and No. 3 (1,191.0), respectively, on the career-points chart. Junior Griffin joins the senior pair in the career-points top-10, sitting at No. 10 with 525.0 points (No. 9 is Mandy Klein, 549.0, 2005-08). Young also moved up to the No. 2 spot in points in a season (502.0) while Maughan jumped to No. 6 (374.0).  Young chases the school record for points in a season held by Cameron Flunder (2004) at 518.5 points.

This past week, Young surpassed the career 1,000 kills mark, now holding a total of 1,035 kills, good for No. 10 all time (only four out from tying No. 9), while also moving to the No. 6 spot for season kills (394). She already is tied for No. 4 on the top-10 kills in a match this season, hitting 29 kills against Portland State (Sept. 4).Maughan set a school record for hitting percentage in a match on Sept. 18 against Davidson, earning a .867 hitting percentage. Maughan and Griffin each have had top-10 hitting percentages in a match this season, tying for the No. 8 spot with .692 hitting percentages each. Maughan recorded hers against Long Island (Aug. 28) while Griffin set hers against Weber State (Sept. 8).

Maughan also sits among the top-10 in total career-blocks, sitting at No. 4 with 415. Young sits just outside of the top-10 with 301 career blocks (No. 10 is 312 held by Chris Bond (1987-90). Young just moved into the top-10 for blocks in a season with 137 to take over the No. 10 spot. Maughan tied for No. 5 in total blocks in a match (11, against Fresno State) and is No. 4 in all-time assisted blocks in a match against Idaho (Sept. 29) with 10. Young also chases down a spot on the blocks list, sitting only nine blocks away from the No. 10 spot (134, Sandy Stewart, 1988) in total blocks in a season.

Breann Nesselhuf sits at No. 6 in career assists with 2,216 (No. 5 is Beth Bergin, 2,455 assists, 1979-82), while also moving to No. 4 in the season assists list (1,272). Lauren Hamm sits at the No. 5 on the career digs list with 1,237 digs (No. 4 is Brandy Mamizuka, 1,265 digs, 1995-98). Hamm also tallied her 100th career ace serve this past week, chasing down the top-10 list No. 10 spot of 117 (Cameron Flunder, 2003-06).  Amanda Remy entered the Boise State top-10 charts for the first time in her career, now holding the No. 6 spot in season digs with 411 (No. 5, 413, Rebecca Richards, 1986).

Boise State Head Coach: Shawn Garus is nearing the end of his second season at Boise State and currently holds a 144-153 record over his career, as well as a 29-33 record at Boise State.

Match 33 Preview - WAC Tournament Match 1 vs. Idaho:
● The Series:
The Broncos and Vandals will meet for the 78th time in series history on Monday, Nov. 22, with Idaho holding the 48-29 series lead. Although the Vandals hold the series lead, Boise State proved to be a stronger team in 2009, going 2-1 over Idaho. In 2009 they earned latest win over the Vandals came at the WAC Tournament, defeating their in-state rival in the quarterfinal round. Boise State also won in Boise last season, while the Vandals won their regular season match-up in Moscow. In 2010 it was much the same story with the Broncos defeating Idaho at home (3-2) and falling to Idaho in Moscow (3-1). The two teams face-off for the second straight season in the quarterfinals of the WAC tournament.

About the Vandals: Idaho enters the week with a 13-14 (8-8 WAC) record and as the No. 5 seed in the WAC tournament. This past weekend they suffered two losses to Fresno State and Hawaii to fall to the No. 5 seed in the tournament. The Vandals are led by Allison Walker with 387 kills this season, while Kelsey Taylor leads in hitting percentage (.265) and blocks (122). Alicia Milo leads in aces (28), while Jennifer Feicht leads in assists (881) and Cassie Hamilton in digs (450).

Idaho Head Coach: Debbie Buchanan is in her 11th season at Idaho, totaling a 162-161 overall record with the Vandals, including their 2010 matches.

Match 34 Preview - WAC Tournament Match 2 (Possible) vs. Hawaii:
● The Series:
Boise State and Hawai'i will possibly play in their 24th all-time match on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in the semifinals of the WAC tournament. Hawai'i remains undefeated by the Broncos at 23-0 all-time.

About the Rainbow Wahine: Hawaii enters the week with a 27-1 record, as well as a perfect 16-0 WAC record. They look to earn their 15th-straight WAC title this week and are coming off of19-match 3-0 sweep streak (beating each of the 19 teams 3-0). They are led by Kanani Danielson with 407 kills this season, as well as 26 aces and 460.5 points. Brittany Hewitt leads with a .372 hitting percentage and 155 blocks, while Dani Mafua leads with 995 assists. Elizabeth Ka'aihue leads the team with 416 digs this year.

In the Rankings: Hawaii has a handful of national top-50 rankings this week. Overall they rank No. 3 in the nation in the AVCA Polls and hold an RPI ranking of No. 10. As a team they rank No. 1 in the nation in win-loss percentage (0.963), No. 13 in blocks per set (2.77), No. 18 in kills per set (14.24), No. 15 in hitting percentage (0.284), No. 45 in aces per set (1.51) and No. 23 in assists per set (13.25). Individually, Brittany Hewitt leads the nation in blocks per set (1.76), while also ranking No. 37 in hitting percentage (0.370). Kanani Danielson sits at No. 10 in kills per set (4.47) and No. 13 in points per set (5.07). Dani Mafua rounds out the individual rankings for the Rainbow Wahine, sitting at No. 34 in the nation in assists per set (10.95).

Close Ties: Hawai'i's sophomore, middle blocker Brittany Hewitt hails from Eagle, Idaho (Eagle HS). Hawai'i's freshman, outside hitter Kaela Goodman and Boise State's sophomore, outside hitter Liz Harden both reign from Lake Forest, Calif., although each went to separate high schools.

Hawai'i Head Coach: Dave Shoji has totaled a 1043-177-1 record over his 36 years at Hawai'i, including the team's 27-1 record in 2010.

Bronco  Extras
Match Club - Boise State volleyball has created a new way for fans to support the Bronco volleyball program. Check out the "Match Club" button on the volleyball page of the www.broncosports.com website for more details.

All-Tournament Team Members - Alisha Young and Sadie Maughan were named to the 2010 Falcon Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Young and Breann Nesselhuf were been named to the 2010 Northwest Challenge All-Tournament Team. In the Uni/Wyo Cowgirl Classic, Young was joined by Liz Harden and Kersti Whitney on the all-tournament team, while Young also collected MVP honors. Most recently, Maughan was named as the NFINITY Wildcat Classic MVP, while also being joined by Nesselhuf on the all-tournament team.

Academic Honors - Liz Harden was named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 Third Team on Nov. 4 for her excellence on the court and in the classroom.

WAC Honors - Boise State's Sadie Maughan earned her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor on Sept. 20 for her efforts during the Sept. 13-19 week. Maughan's honor was only the fourth-ever by a Bronco since joining the WAC. Alisha Young joined Maughan this past week, earning the WAC Player of the Week honor for the first time in her career for the week of Nov. 8-12.

WAC Coaches' Poll - Boise State was picked to finish fifth in the 2010 WAC Preseason Coaches' Poll in August, earning 35 points. Hawaii was picked to win its 15th-straight WAC title (64 points, 8 first place votes), New Mexico State was picked second (57 pts., one first place vote), Fresno State was picked third (44 pts.) and Utah State was picked fourth (38 pts.) to finish ahead of the Broncos. Rounding out the conference was Idaho in sixth (32 pts.), Nevada in seventh (30 pts.), Louisiana Tech in eighth (30 pts.) and San Jose State in ninth (9 pts.).


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