Beach Broncos Open Season at Stanford
March 8, 2018

THIS WEEK FOR BEACH VOLLEYBALL

at Stanford, Calif. (Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium)

Friday (March 9)
  • Match 1: Boise State (0-0) vs. Tulane (2-1)
  • at 9:30 a.m. (MT)

  • Match 2: Boise State (0-0) vs. California (3-1)
  • at 12:30 p.m. (MT)
Saturday (March 10)
  • Match 3: Boise State (0-0) vs. San Jose State (3-3)
  • at 9:30 a.m. (MT)

  • Match 4: Boise State (0-0) at #14 Stanford (5-4)
  • at 12:30 p.m. (MT)
  • T.V.: Pac-12 Network


WHAT’S HAPPENING

Boise State (0-0) beach volleyball opens the 2018 campaign this weekend at Stanford, Calif., where the Broncos will play four matches. While the other four schools have already started their seasons, this will be the opening weekend for the Beach Broncos.

The action begins with two contests on Friday starting at 9:30 a.m. (Mountain) against the Tulane Green Wave (2-1), followed by a contest versus the Cal Golden Bears (3-1) at 12:30 p.m. (MT). This will be the first time the Broncos have faced Tulane in beach volleyball, while Cal leads the series 2-1 which includes a 3-2 win last year.

On Saturday Boise State will take on San Jose State (3-3) at 9:30 a.m. (MT), then their host the 14th-ranked Stanford Cardinal (5-4) at 12:30 p.m. (MT). The Broncos and Spartans have met twice all-time splitting the first two meetings with SJSU winning 3-2 last year. Meanwhile, this will be the fourth meeting in the series versus Stanford with Boise State leading it 2-1, the Cardinal won last year 4-1 with the Broncos winning twice in 2016 by 3-2 scores. Saturday's contest versus Stanford will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. 

LOOKING AT BOISE STATE

Boise State is in its fifth season of beach volleyball competing as an independent. Since the inaugural season in 2014 the Broncos have gone 18-30 overall and 5-6 each of the last two years. At the time Boise State added beach volleyball the Broncos were the northern most program in the country and the only one in the Pacific Northwest. Since then Oregon, Washington, Portland and Utah have added it in the region.

BRONCOS VERSUS THE PAC-12

Versus Pac-12 opponents the blue and orange has experienced some success over the first four years going a combined 9-13 against seven of the members: Arizona (0-3), Arizona State (0-3), Cal (1-2), Oregon (5-0), Southern Cal (0-2), Stanford (2-1) and Washington (1-2).

INDEPENDENT STATUS

Boise State has competed as an independent since its inception in 2014. While most of Boise State’s sports currently play in the Mountain West Conference, unfortunately the league does not currently sponsor beach volleyball with only three members competing in the sport: Boise State, New Mexico and San Jose State. There are rumors of other members exploring the option of adding the sport, but none of them have committed to it at this time.

WHAT’S BACK

Boise State returns eight letterwinners from the 2017 squad that went 5-6 overall. However there are a lot of unknowns on this squad with only one pair returning from last year that is projected to play together again this season, as well as a lot of new faces.

The Broncos return the tandem of junior Sabryn Roberts and sophomore Janell Walley from last year when they went 7-4 overall and 6-2 playing at No. 2 pair. Other players back from last year that will travel this weekend are Jensen Allen (So.), Skye Southwick (Jr.), Jaymee-Lee Bulda (Sr.), Cassedi Simon (So.) and Kenna Hanses (So.). Maddi Osburn (Sr.) also returns but will not travel because of injury.

WHAT’S NEW

The Broncos welcome eight newcomers to the beach team featuring Catherine Clemens (Fr., Burns, Ore.), Drew Hannemann (Fr., Flagstaff, Ariz.), Samantha Headley (Jr., Eagle, Idaho), Kylee Johnson (Fr., New Braunfels, Texas), Brindl Langley (Sr., Camas, Wash.) Kiley Lewis (Fr., Auburn, Wash.), Tiaja McKnight (Jr., Los Angles, Calif.) and Maya Watkins (Fr., Snohomish, Wash.).

Of the newcomers three have extensive experience in beach volleyball. Langley is a graduate transfer from Florida Southern where she was a NCAA DII All-American for the indoor team, while also playing for the beach exhibition team the last couple of years. Hannemann did not play indoor volleyball during high school opting instead to focus on the Coconino High beach team in Flagstaff, Ariz., as well as competing for a club team out of Scottsdale, Ariz. Lewis also has experience playing in several beach competitions in Washington and California during her youth club career.

PROGRAM FIRSTS

Last year Skye Southwick became the first-ever Bronco that was a beach only volleyball player after transferring from the College of Southern Idaho where she played indoor volleyball. After Southwick last year, this season the program has six beach only players on the squad including: Southwick, Hannemann, Headley, Johnson, Langley and Watkins. In addition, the program offered its first-ever scholarship this spring with Langley becoming the first Bronco to receive a beach volleyball scholarship at Boise State.


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