Boise State Volleyball Year in Review

Under the guidance of second year head coach Shawn Garus and his staff, the 2010 Boise State volleyball team recorded one of its better seasons in the past two decades. Finishing with a 21-12 record, the Broncos recorded the most wins in a season since 1990 when the team earned a 23-12 record. The team also earned an 8-8 Western Athletic Conference record, their best since 1998 when they picked up 11 wins in the Big West. In their successes, the Broncos were also able to win 11 matches that ended in a 3-0 sweep, the most in a season since the 1992 team (12).  

The Broncos capped their 2010 season with a trip to the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, where senior middle blocker Alisha Young was the first Bronco since2006 to earn an All-WAC First Team honor. Senior middle blocker Sadie Maughan and junior setter Breann Nesselhuf also picked up honors, being named to the All-WAC Second Team.

While in Las Vegas, the Broncos took on the Idaho Vandals in a rematch from the 2009 WAC Tournament first round where Boise State won and advanced to the semifinals for the first time while in the WAC. This season the Vandals came out on top however, winning 3-2 in a barnburner. Although they went 1-2 against the Vandals this season, the Broncos had many big wins including what was arguably their biggest, a 3-0 sweep over an always powerful New Mexico State (Nov. 13) in Bronco Gym. Boise State also picked up big 3-0 wins against Utah Valley, Portland, UT-Arlington, Wyoming, Eastern Michigan and Davidson to name a few. Using their home court advantage, the Broncos' win over Idaho came in Bronco Gym (3-2, Sept. 29), while also using the fuel from homecoming day to win over eventual WAC Champion Utah State, 3-2, on Oct. 9.

After a 0-11 start to the 2009 season, the 2010 Broncos proved to be a much changed team, producing a 12-2 record prior to beginning conference play. The early season included four tournaments, of which the team won two, and a 10-match winning streak. Young was named the Uni/Wyo Cowgirl Classic MVP, while also being named to the Falcon Invitational, Northwest Challenge and Uni/Wyo All-Tournament teams. Maughan was named MVP of the Wildcat Classic while also being named to the Falcon Invite All-Tournament team. Breann Nesselhuf was named to Northwest Challenge and Wildcat Classic All-Tournament teams, while Liz Harden and Kersti Whitney were both named to the Uni/Wyo All-Tournament Team.

A season of many firsts with Garus at the reigns, Maughan and Young became the first players on the active roster to earn WAC Player of the Week honors with Maughan snagging the Sept. 20 award and Young the Nov. 15 award. Academically, Harden was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 Third Team, the first Bronco volleyball player to ever be named to a CoSIDA all-district team.

Showing signs of consistency and success, four Broncos produced double-doubles in matches throughout the season. Sophomore outside hitter Fiona Jones joined Nesselhuf to lead the way with seven matches where double-doubles were recorded, while Maughan and Young each recorded double-doubles in one match apiece.

Looking at the record books, the 2010 Broncos made their mark with Young and Maughan earning multiple spots on the school's top-10 lists. Young tallied 524.5 points during the season, good for a school record for total points in a season and helping to boost her career total to 1,271.5 points, moving her to No. 2 all-time in career points. Young also recorded a school-record for points in a single match with 33.5 against Portland State on Sept. 4, while also making tying for the No. 9 spot after earning 25.0 points against Fresno State on Oct. 25. Young also moved to No. 2 all-time in season hitting percentage (.339), as well as No. 10 in total blocks in a season (140). Young also moved to No. 9 in career kills (1,055), No. 4 in season kills (414) and tied for No. 4 for kills in a match (29).

Maughan had nearly as many spots in the record books, sitting at No. 3 in career points (1,206.5) and No. 6 in season points (389.5). A strong attacker, Maughan finished her career at No. 5 in hitting percentage (.283), while also setting a school record for hitting percentage on Sept. 18 against Davidson when she hit .867 (13-0-15). She also tied for the No. 8 spot in match hitting percentage after hitting .692 against Long Island (9-0-13) on Aug. 28. Recording 420 career blocks, Maughan now holds the No. 4 spot, while also tying for the No. 4 spot this season in assisted blocks in a match (10). She finished her career with a 1.05 block average, good for the No. 9 spot in career block average.

The Broncos' third and final senior of 2010, Lauren Hamm, finished her career with two new spots in the record books. She moved to No. 5 in career dig average (3.0), while also finishing as a Bronco with 1,250 digs, good for No. 5 on the career digs chart.

Junior Elizabeth Griffin made her way into the record books for the first time in her career, totaling 529.0 career points, good for No. 10, as well as, recording a .692 hitting percentage (10-1-13) against Weber State (Sept. 8) to tie for No. 8.

Nesselhuf moved to No. 6 on the career assists chart during the season, now totaling 2,275 assists. She also jumped to No. 2 on the season assists list with 1,331 assists in 2010. Her performances have landed her a 9.74 career assist average at Boise State, good for No. 4, while also earning a 10.82 average to land at No. 7 on the season average list.

Joining Hamm on the digs lists, junior libero Amanda Remy entered the record books for the first time in her career after recording 434 digs, good for No. 3 on the season digs list. Remy also joined the season dig average list, sitting at No. 9 with a 3.47 average.

As a team, the Broncos also proved they were one of the top in school history earning four spots in the team record books. In the single match records, the 2010 Broncos tied for the No. 8 all-time match hitting percentage at Boise State with a .388 (49-9-103) against Gonzaga on Sept. 3. For the overall season the team earned the No. 3 all-time best hitting percentage (.229; 1,641-656-4,295) while also finishing the season as the sixth-best team in total kills (1,641) and at No. 7 in blocks (297.5) at Boise State.

With such a successful season, Garus' record at Boise State improves to 29-34 while his overall career record improves to 144-154.

The Broncos only lose three seniors (Young, Maughan and Hamm) and look to return many experienced and successful players, as well as welcome talented newcomers to build off of the outstanding 2010 season.

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