Boise State Receives NIVC Invite
Nov. 26, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho  - Boise State volleyball will continue its season after receiving a bid into the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) sponsored by Triple Crown Sports. The Broncos (17-13, 10-8 MW) will travel to Stockton, Calif., where they will face the Pacific Tigers (16-13, 11-7 WCC) in the first round on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. (MT). The winner will face the winner of the UC Irvine (22-7, 10-6 Big West) versus Sacramento State (26-9, 15-1 Big Sky) match in the second round on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. (MT).

The NIVC is volleyball’s version of basketball’s NIT (National Invitation Tournament). This will be the third trip to the NIVC in program history for the Broncos, the last coming in 1990.

“I am excited that we have been chosen to compete in the NIVC against such a good program like Pacific. It is great for our seniors and our program to have this opportunity to keep playing,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “The team has worked hard this year through all the ups and downs we have experienced. But we are finally healthy and closed the regular season strong. The NIVC is good for college volleyball and gives more teams the chance to continue to play and show how good they are. This will be a great experience for the team and I couldn’t be happier.”

The NIVC has been brought back by Triple Crown Sports this year after a 21-year absence, however under a different format than the former version of the event. The original format (1989) divided 16 teams into four groups who played a round robin with the winner advancing to the semifinals. In 1990 the tournament was expanded to 20 teams and four five-team groups with round robin play, winners of each group advancing.

The new format of the NIVC is a single elimination tournament played at campus sites all the way through to the championship match. The first two rounds will be played at eight locations with four-team brackets, the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. The first two rounds will be played Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 28-30. The last three rounds will feature two teams at one site with the quarterfinals being played Dec. 1-3, the semifinals Dec. 4-9 and the championship on Dec. 12.


Boise State last played Nov. 18 at Nevada where the Broncos defeated the Wolf Pack in three (25-22, 25-23, 25-17). That capped a four-match win streak, all by sweeps, to end the regular season as the blue and orange improved to 17-13 overall and 10-8 in Mountain West play, tied for third place.

Boise State is guaranteed its fourth-consecutive winning season and seventh in nine years under head coach Shawn Garus.

The Broncos are led by one of the most talented senior classes in program history starting with outside hitter Sierra Nobley who is the school and conference career record holder for kills (1,912), kills per set (4.53), attack attempts (4,907), points (2,142.0) and points per set (5.08). Maddi Osburn the libero is the Boise State career leader for digs (1,736). Jaymee-Lee Bulda is the setter dishing out a career total of 2,185 assists to rank eighth in program history. The fourth senior is Laney Hayes, she leads the team in blockers this year with 113 while playing at middle blocker.

The last time Boise State played in the postseason was last year reaching the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Broncos defeated No. 20 Western Kentucky (3-0) before falling 3-0 to eventual national champion Stanford in the second round.


Boise State has a history in the NIVC competing in the first two editions of the tournament and reaching the championship match in 1989. The Broncos, who were coached by Darlene (Bailey) Pharmer at the time, are 7-2 all-time in the tournament.

The 1989 Broncos advanced to the final at Birmingham, Ala., by winning its group going 3-0 with wins over Arkansas State (3-2), Georgia (3-2) and Murray State (3-1). In the semifinals Boise State defeated William & Mary (3-2) to advance to the championship. Boise State eventually lost to Wisconsin (3-1) in the title match.

In 1990 at Knoxville, Tenn., Boise State dropped its first match of group play 3-1 to Georgia, then rallied to win three straight over Northern Iowa (3-2), Akron (3-0) and Arkansas State (3-0). The Broncos tied Georgia for the five-team group lead, but the Bulldogs advanced based on its win over the blue and orange.

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