Broncos Look For Outright MW Title
Boise State hosts Air Force Tuesday night with the outright conference championship on the line.
Nov. 21, 2016
THIS WEEK FOR BRONCO VOLLEYBALL
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Tuesday, Nov. 22
- Air Force (10-20, 1-16 MW) at Boise State (24-6, 15-2 MW)
- Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym)
- 7:30 p.m. (Mountain)
- Live Stats on GameTracker
- Watch Live on Mountain West Network
- Streamed by Facebook Live: Boise State Broncos
- Parking: Free parking will be available in the stadium parking lots.
- Promotion: Senior Night and Can Food Drive, bring a non-perishable food item and get in for $3.
Boise State (24-6, 15-2 MW) will host Air Force (10-20, 1-16 MW) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night with a chance to claim the Mountain West Championship outright. If the Broncos win they will be the sole champions of the conference. Regardless of the result their will be two celebrations Tuesday night starting with a pre-match Senior Night ceremony in honor of Maddy O’Donnell, the team’s lone senior. The night will conclude with the MW Championship trophy presentation following the match.
The Broncos have won 13 straight and are coming off a 3-2 home victory over Colorado State and a road sweep at Wyoming to claim a share of the MW title. Air Force has struggled this season during league play going 1-16 in conference and 10-20 overall. Boise State is 10-2 all-time versus the Falcons and 4-0 against them at home. The Broncos swept the Falcons earlier this year, the first victory of the current 13-match win streak.
BRONCO STORY LINES
- Boise State brings a 24-6 overall record and 15-2 league mark into the week, tied for first in the league.
- The Broncos have clinched a share of the 2016 MW championship ... only the second conference title in program history with the first coming in 1988 as Big Sky Champions.
- The Broncos have clinched their first ever berth into the NCAA National Tournament.
- Boise State has an active 13-match win streak going, tied for 10th longest in nation
- Eleven of the 13 wins during the current streak have been sweeps ... the Broncos have only dropped three sets (39-3) during the impressive stretch.
- The Broncos have recorded 15 sweeps this season tying for third most in program history ... the record is 24 in 1981 followed by 16 in 1982.
- Boise State has earned its second-consecutive 20-win season and 11th in program history, the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since a five year stretch from 1986 to 1990 ... the third under coach Garus (2010, 2015 and 2016).
- Boise State’s 24 wins this season ties (with 1982 and 1989) for second most all-time behind the 28 won by the 1981 squad (28-5).
- Broncos are ranked 29th in the latest NCAA RPI ranking of the fall ... and 29th in the Rich Kerns RPI.
- Boise State is hitting 25.7 percent (2nd MW/33rd NCAA) as a team and holding opponents to 17.7 percent (3rd MW/58th NCAA) ... the Broncos are averaging 14.56 kills (1st MW/5th NCAA) and 2.45 blocks (4th MW/46th NCAA) per set.
- Nobley leads the MW in double-doubles this year recording 16 in 30 matches, she is second among active players in the MW with 33 in her career.
- Nobley has moved into second place on the Boise State career kills list with 1,424 ... first place (1,510) is most likely out of reach this year.
- Nobley has moved into third on the Boise State career points list with 1,592.0 ... she needs 87.5 to move into a tie for second at 1,679.5.
- The Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year leads the league on the year and in conference play in kills per set at 4.56 and 4.78, respectively ... on the year she is ranked 14th nationally.
- She leads the MW and is ranked 15th nationally for points per set at 5.13 ... she leads conference in MW play at 5.38.
- Nobley 34 kills short of tying her school record for kills in a season of 513, she sits at 479 (second all-time).
- Has been named MW Offensive Player of the Week twice this season and a school record seven times in her career.
- Maddy O’Donnell moved into seventh place for career blocks in the win over Fresno State (Nov. 10) with five to give her 370, she now has 379 and needs 25 to tie for sixth (404).
- Maddy O’Donnell is second on team and ninth in MW for scoring with 388 points (292 kills, 23 service aces, 13 block solos and 120 block assists) ... ninth in MW for points per set at 3.70.
- O’Donnell is third in the MW during league play for blocks per set at 1.40 with 81 total blocks ... on the year she is fourth in the MW and 49th in NCAA at 1.27 per set ... she is tied for third in the MW and is 47th nationally for total blocks at 133.
- O’Donnell is third in the MW on the year and 41st nationally in hitting percentage at .366.
- She ranks second in school history for career hitting percentage at .367 (905-244-1800).
- Was named MW Offensive Player of the Week once this season (Oct. 17).
- Defensively, Maddi Osburn leads the MW and is 45th nationally in digs per set at 4.90 ... she has a league high 515 total digs which ranks 67th in the NCAA.
- Her 515 digs this year ranks second in school history ... she needs six to tie the record of 521 held by Jackie Stroud (2003-06).
- Osburn is in eighth on the Bronco all-time career digs list with 1,188, 35 short of seventh (1,223).
- Has been named MW Defensive Player of the Week four times this season an five times in career.
- Oliver is the current school career hitting percentage record holder at .371 (748-169-1559) ... she is hitting .354 this season to rank second on the team, fifth in MW and 64th in NCAA.
- Oliver has 271 career blocks to rank 18th in program history, five short of 17th (276).
- Bulda leads MW and fourth nationally for assists per set at 11.82.
- She has 1,064 assists this year which is fourth in MW, 85th in NCAA.
- Bulda ranks 14th in program history for career assists with 1,082.
QUICK LOOK AT AIR FORCE
- Air Force is 10-20 overall and 1-16 in league ... the Falcons have lost two straight at home versus Wyoming (3-0) and at Colorado State (3-0), preceded by a 3-0 win over Fresno State.
- Air Force returns one starter and 11 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 12-21 overall and 5-13 in MW play, good for 10th place.
- Elizabeth Pennington leads AFA averaging 3.57 kills per set (5th MW) ... Abigail Miksch adds 3.24 kps.
- As a team Air Force hits 17 percent (10th MW) and holds opponents to 22.6 percent (10th MW) ... the Falcons average 12.15 kills per set (10th MW).