Broncos to Face Western Kentucky
Nov. 29, 2016

NCAA TOURNAMENT


Friday, Dec. 2

  • Boise State (25-6, 16-2 MW) vs. No. 20 Western Kentucky (30-2, 14-0 CUSA)
  • Stanford, Calif. (Maples Pavilion)
  • 5:30 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats on GameTracker
  • Watch Live on Pac-12 Networks
  • Boise State vs Western Kentucky Gamecenter

  • Ticket Information: purchase tickets through the Stanford Ticket Office by calling (650) 723-1021. Tickets to Friday’s session are $20, and tickets to both Friday and Saturday can be purchased for $30.
  • Note for Fans Attending Match: 
    Stanford's Clear Bag Policy is in place for Maples Pavilion.  Information can be found at GoStanford.com/allclear.  There will be a bag check station outside of Maples for those spectators who bring items that do not satisfy the bag policy. Fans are encouraged to review the website listed above so they are clear on the policy.


WHAT'S HAPPENING

Mountain West champion Boise State (25-6, 16-2 MW) will open its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance with three-time defending CUSA champion No. 20 Western Kentucky (30-2, 14-0 CUSA) at 5:30 p.m. (Mountain) Friday at Stanford University’s Maples Pavilion. This is the first meeting between the two programs, but the Broncos are 29-12 all-time versus the current membership of CUSA.

Boise State is riding a 14-match win streak (tied for eighth longest in NCAA) into the NCAA Tournament with the Broncos’ last defeat coming to Nevada (3-1) in Boise on Oct. 1. Meanwhile, Western Kentucky is on a 21-match win streak (second longest in NCAA) and went undefeated (14-0) in conference play. The Lady Toppers’ last loss was at home in five sets to current 15th-ranked Michigan State on Sept. 10.

The winner of the Broncos-Lady Toppers match will face the winner from the No. 9 Stanford versus Denver contests in the second round at 8 pm. (MT) Saturday in Maples Pavilion.

BRONCO STORY LINES

Overall Team

  • Boise State brings a 25-6 overall record into the NCAA Tournament ... the 25 wins are the second-most in program history behind the 28 won by the 1981 squad (28-5).
  • The Broncos won 2016 MW championship with a 16-2 league record ... only the second conference title in program history with the first coming in 1988 as Big Sky Champions.
  • The Broncos are competing in their first ever NCAA National Tournament.
  • Boise State has an active 14-match win streak going, tied for eighth longest in nation. 
  • Twelve of the 14 wins during the current streak have been sweeps ... the Broncos have only dropped three sets (42-3) during the impressive stretch.
  • The Broncos have recorded 16 sweeps this season tying for second most in program history ... the record is 24 in 1981.
  • 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 earned 20 points (28th) in the latest AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll. 
  • Broncos are ranked 32nd in the latest NCAA RPI ranking of the fall, 32nd in the Rich Kerns RPI and 38th in Pablo RPI.
  • Boise State is hitting 25.9 percent (2nd MW/31st NCAA) as a team and holding opponents to 17.6 percent (3rd MW/56th NCAA) ... the Broncos are averaging 14.52 kills (1st MW/7th NCAA) and 2.46 blocks (4th MW/43rd NCAA) per set.
  • Boise State returns everyone next year but middle blocker Maddy O’Donnell, the lone senior.


Boise State Postseason History

  • This is the fourth national postseason appearance for the Broncos all-time and the first since the 1990 Women’s Invitation Volleyball Championship.
  • Boise State is 6-4 all-time in postseason tournaments.
  • Boise State appeared in two WIVCs finishing as the runner-up in 1989.
  • The Broncos also competed in the 1981 AIAW Division II National Tournament where they went 1-2. 
  • Tournament Record
  • 1981 AIAW DII 1-2
  • 1989 WIVC (runner-up) 4-1
  • 1990 WIVC 1-1


Mountain West Postseason Honors

  • Boise State raked in seven MW postseason honors on Monday including the player of the year and coach of the year.
  • Sierra Nobley became the first Bronco ever to be named a conference player of the year when the MW released its honors on Monday, Nov. 28.
  • Last year coach Shawn Garus became the first Bronco head coach to ever earn a conference coach of the year accolade, this year he is the first to receive back-to-back coaching honors.
  • Four Broncos were named to the All-Mountain West Team (one team of 18): Sierra Nobley, Maddy O’Donnell, Kaitlyn Oliver and Maddi Osburn.
  • Nobley and O’Donnell are three-time honorees joining an elite group of nine Broncos to receive three or more such honors in their careers.
  • Oliver and Osburn are repeat honorees from 2015, the second such accolades for both.
  • Sophomore Sabryn Roberts was named honorable mention All-MW.


Sierra Nobley

  • The Mountain West Postseason and Preseason Player of the Year leads the league on the year and in conference play in kills per set at 4.56 and 4.77, respectively ... on the year she is ranked 14th nationally.
  • Nobley leads the MW in double-doubles this year recording 16 in 31 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 1,438 ... 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 1,608.5 ... she needs 71 to move into a tie for second at 1,679.5.
  • She leads the MW and is ranked 15th nationally for points per set at 5.14 ... she led conference in MW play at 5.39. 
  • Nobley is 20 kills short of tying her school record for kills in a season of 513, she sits at 493 (second all-time).
  • Was named MW Offensive Player of the Week three this season, most recently on Nov. 23, and a school record eight times in her career.


Maddy O’Donnell

  • O’Donnell is a three-time All-Mountain West honoree including this fall.
  • 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 383 and needs 21 to tie for sixth (404).
  • Maddy O’Donnell is second on team and ninth in MW for scoring with 400.0 points (301 kills, 24 service aces, 13 block solos and 124 block assists) ... ninth in MW for points per set at 3.70.
  • O’Donnell was third in the MW during league play for blocks per set at 1.39 with 85 total blocks ... on the year she is fourth in the MW and 47th in NCAA at 1.27 per set ... she is tied for third in the MW and is 45th nationally for total blocks at 137.
  • O’Donnell is second in the MW on the year and 32nd nationally in hitting percentage at .370.
  • O’Donnell ranks second in school history for career hitting percentage at .369 (914-245-1815) ... she ranks sixth in MW history.
  • Was named MW Offensive Player of the Week once this season (Oct. 17).


Maddi Osburn

  • A two-time All-MW honoree 2015 and 2016. 
  • Defensively, Maddi Osburn leads the MW and is 49th nationally in digs per set at 4.85 ... she has a league high 524 total digs which ranks 69th in the NCAA. 
  • She recorded nine digs in the regular-season finale win over Air Force (Nov. 22) to give her a new school record for digs in a season with 524 ... the previous record was 521 held by Jackie Stroud (2003-06).
  • Osburn is in eighth on the Bronco all-time career digs list with 1,197, 26 short of seventh (1,223).
  • Has been named MW Defensive Player of the Week four times this season an five times in career.


Kaitlyn Oliver

  • Oliver is the current school career hitting percentage record holder at .372 (753-169-1568) ... she ranks fourth in MW history.
  • She is hitting .357 this season to rank second on the team, third in MW and 55th in NCAA.
  • Oliver has 276 career blocks to rank tied for 17th in program history, three short of 16th (279). 


Jaymee-Lee Bulda

  • Bulda leads MW and fourth nationally for assists per set at 11.77. 
  • 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 WESTERN KENTUCKY

  • WKU is 30-2 overall and has won 21 straight including three during the CUSA Tournament.
  • The Lady Toppoers have won three-consecutive CSUA titles and have gone to the NCAA in six of the last seven years.
  • Their NCAA RPI is No. 14 and they are ranked No. 20 in the AVCA Coaches Poll
  • WKU returns four starters, the libero and nine letterwinners from last year’s team that went 32-4 overall and 15-1 in CUSA play, good for first place.
  • Alyssa Cavanaugh leads WKU at 4.38 kills (2nd CUSA/23rd NCAA) and 0.45 blocks per set ... Rachel Anderson adds 3.45 kills (6th CUSA) per set and 0.85 blocks, she also hits 41.1 percent (2nd CUSA/11th NCAA).
  • As a team WKU hits 31.1 percent (1st CUSA/2nd NCAA) and holds opponents to 17.9 percent (1st CUSA/69th NCAA) ... the Lady Toppers average 14.53 kills per set (1st CUSA/5th NCAA).


QUICK LOOK AT STANFORD

  • Stanford is 21-7 overall and went 15-5 in Pac-12 play, tied for second ... the Cardinal are ranked No. 9 in the AVCA Coaches Poll and have a NCAA RPI of 11.
  • Stanford returns three starters, the libero and nine letterwinners from last year’s team that went 23-7 overall and 16-4 in Pac-12 play, third place.
  • Kathryn Plummer leads the Cardinal at 3.24 kills (9th Pac-12) and 0.94 blocks per set ... Inky Ajanaku adds 2.66 kills and 1.51 blocks (2nd Pac-12/8th NCAA) per set as well as hits 39.5 percent (2nd Pac-12/18th NCAA).
  • As a team Stanford hits 27.4 percent (1st Pac-12/14th NCAA) and holds opponents to 17.9 percent (3rd Pac-12/68th NCAA) ... the Cardinal average 14.06 kills per set (5th Pac-12/32nd NCAA).


QUICK LOOK AT DENVER

  • The Pioneers are 23-8 overall and went 13-3 in Summit League play, tied for first ... Denver won the Summit League Tournament to secure its bid to the NCAA.
  • Denver returns five starters, the libero and 12 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 27-8 overall and 13-3 in conference play, first place.
  • Kayla Principato leads DU at 2.97 kills (9th SL) and 0.88 blocks per set ... Ruth Okoye chips in with 2.1 kills and 1.08 blocks (2nd SL) per set. 
  • As a team DU hits 26.6 percent (1st SL/24th NCAA) and holds opponents to 16.6 percent (NA SL/26th NCAA) ... the Pioneers average 13.22 kills per set (3rd SL/99th NCAA).





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