Volleyball Closes Regular Season with Nevada

Nov. 27, 2013

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  • Friday (Nov. 29) Nevada at Boise in Bronco Gym at 8 p.m.
  • The Match: Boise State (13-16, 7-12 MW) will close the regular season this Friday night when the Broncos host the Nevada Wolf Pack (4-26, 2-16 MW) for Senior Night 8 p.m. in Bronco Gym. 
  • Tripleheader Friday: The volleyball match in Bronco Gym will close a tripleheader at Boise State on Friday following both basketball teams who will play in Taco Bell Arena earlier in the day. 
  • Senior Day:  Friday is senior day for Boise State as the Broncos say thank you to the two seniors on the squad Casey Rose and Sarah Horton in a pre-match ceremony starting at 8 p.m. 
  • Conference Position/Standing: The Broncos enter the week at eighth-place in the league standings, while Nevada is in 11th.  
  • Four Games for $29 Ticket Promotion: The four games for $29 (per person) package includes tickets to the men’s basketball game versus Portland State, the women’s basketball game versus Idaho State, volleyball versus Nevada and football versus New Mexico. Please note that the basketball games are considered one event and require just one ticket for both games. Taco Bell Arena does have a no reentry policy for the basketball games
  • Admission: If fans want to attend just volleyball the regular season single match prices remain the same: $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (62 years of age and older) and youth (2 to 18 years of age), Boise State students get in free with a valid student Identification card. 
  • Parking: For those fans wanting to attend only the volleyball match Friday night free parking is available in the Lincoln Parking Garage.
  • In relation to the two Mountain West schools involved this weekend the MW coaches predicted Boise State to place seventh with Nevada coming in third during the 2013 league race.
MATCH 30, Nevada Match Notes  
  • Friday’s encounter with longtime-rival Nevada will be the 50th meeting all-time and fourth in MW  play between these two programs, the Wolf Pack currently hold a small 26-23 edge in the series. 
  • Earlier this year the Broncos defeated the Wolf Pack in five sets at Reno on Oct. 17. 
  • These two programs have been in five different conferences together since the late 1980’s: Mountain West Athletic Conference (1987), Big Sky Conference (1988-91), Big West Conference (1996-99), Western Athletic Conference (2001-10) and now the Mountain West Conference (2012-present).
  • Boise State has won four straight matches including both last year (2012) winning 3-2 in Boise and 3-0 in Reno. 
  • Nevada holds a 11-10 lead in the series at Boise. 
  • Nevada enters the week at 4-26 overall and 2-16 in league play which is good for 11th-place. 
  • The Wolf Pack is led by Tessa Lea’ea with 295 while hitting 25.7 percent to go with a team-high 108 blocks. Sam Willoughby follows with 250 kills, Grace Anxo is next with 234.
  • Boise State is 13-16 overall and 7-12 in MW play heading into this week’s match. The Broncos are 6-7 at home and 7-9 on the road in 2013.The Record: 
  • Recent Opponents: The Broncos split a pair of road contests last week losing 3-1 at San Diego State before rallying to knock off UNLV 3-2.   
  • Bronco Week 13 Leaders: Last week Alyssa Gammel led the Broncos with 29 kills for a 3.22 kps average while hitting 22.5 percent to go with five kills and 24 digs. Taylor Murphey was second with 28 kills and hit 29.9 percent. Freshman Maddy O’Donnell continued late-season success with 18 kills hitting 39.4 percent and recording five blocks.  
  • Offensively as a Team in Week 13: Boise State hit a combined 22.2 percent last week with 123 kills, 120 assists and four service aces. 
  • Defensively as a Team in Week 13: The Broncos held the two teams (San Diego State and UNLV) to a combined hitting percentage of 27.4 percent for 135 kills, while Boise State recorded 146 digs and 19 blocks.  
  • CAREER TOP-10 RECORD: Setter Casey Rose recorded 31 assists at Nevada on Oct. 17 to move into ninth-place on the Bronco career assists list with 1,704 passing Mindy Bennett (2001-04). She followed that with 30 at San Diego State to move into eighth with 1,881. Rose now has 1,912 assists which is good for eighth overall and third during the rally scoring era (2001-present), she is unlikely to move further up either list with one match remaining.
  • Against 2012 NCAA Tournament: Boise State is currently 1-6 against teams that went to the 2012 NCAA Tournament: lost to No. 5 Washington, lost at Portland State, defeated Belmont, lost twice to nationally-ranked Colorado State and twice to San Diego State. 
  • National Rankings:  As of Nov. 24, the Broncos are ranked 83rd nationally in hitting percentage (23.2 pct.) and 76th in assists per set (12.59 aps). Brittany Reardon is 37th in hitting percentage at 37.7 percent.
  • Mountain West Rankings: As of Nov. 24, Boise State enters the week ranked third in hitting percentage (23.2 pct.) on the year. It is ranked fourth in service aces (1.17 saps) per set, as well as fourth in kills (13.29 kps) and fourth in assists (12.59 aps). Brittany Reardon (37.7 pct.) is ranked second in the MW for hitting percentage, while Aly Duffin (37.5 pct.) is third. 
  • The Head Coach: Shawn Garus is in his fifth season in charge of the Broncos where he is 75-80 to go with a career record 190-200.  
The Last Meeting
Boise State3
October 17, 2013
Reno, Nev.
Volleyball Holds Off Nevada for Five Set Road Win
Boise State used a 7-0 run in the fifth set Thursday night to hold off the Nevada Wolf Pack 25-20, 17-25, 25-20, 23-25 and 15-10 in a Mountain West Conference volleyball match at Reno, Nev.

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