Dec. 3, 2016
Friday, Dec. 2
- Boise State (26-6) def. No. 20 Western Kentucky (30-2) 3-0
Saturday, Dec. 3
- Boise State (26-6) at No. 9 Stanford (22-7)
- Stanford, Calif. (Maples Pavilion)
- 8 p.m. (Mountain)
- Live Stats on Gamecenter
- Watch Live on Pac-12 Networks
- Boise State vs Stanford 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.
Boise State (26-6) won its first round NCAA Tournament match 3-0 (28-26, 25-22, 27-25) Friday afternoon to advance into Saturday’s second round where the Broncos will face 9th-ranked Stanford (22-7) at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif., at 8 p.m. (Mountain). The Mountain West champion Boise State Broncos will face the tallest team in the NCAA when they take on the Cardinal out of the Pacific-12 Conference. The Cardinal feature seven players at 6-foot-3 or taller including the tallest at 6-foot-8.
This is the first meeting in the series between the two programs. The Broncos are 13-48 all-time versus the current membership of the Pac-12, including a 3-1 home victory over Arizona State on Sept. 17 of this year.
Boise State is riding a 15-match win streak (third longest in nation) into the NCAA Tournament’s second round on Saturday. The last time the Broncos lost was to Nevada (3-1) in Boise on Oct. 1.
Stanford is 22-7 overall and went 15-5 in conference play to tie for second place. The Cardinal are the sixth overall seed in the tournament and are coming off a sweep last night over the Summit League champion Denver Pioneers. They have now won five-straight contests entering tonight’s encounter with the Broncos.
The winner of today’s match will advance into the Sweet 16 against the winner of the Florida versus Florida State match next weekend at a location to be determined.
BRONCO STORY LINES
- Boise State brings a 26-6 overall record into the match with Stanford ... the 26 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 15-match win streak going, third longest in the nation.
- Thirteen of the 15 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 17 sweeps this season the 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 entered the week 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.
- Sierra Nobley leads the MW in kills per set at 4.59 and adds 2.72 digs per set ... she recorded her league-leading 17th double-double on 17 kills and 12 digs in the win over 20th-ranked Western Kentucky Friday.
- Senior Maddy O’Donnell adds 2.75 kills and a team-leading 1.3 blocks per set ... she also ranks second in the MW for hitting percentage at .363.
QUICK LOOK AT STANFORD
- Stanford is 22-7 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 entered the weekend leading 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).
- Entering the tournament Stanford hits 27.4 percent (1st Pac-12/14th NCAA) as a team 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).