Broncos Head to Reno and San Diego
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Boise State (14-12, 5-5 MW) hits the road for two Mountain West matches this week when the Broncos head to Reno, Nev., to play the Nevada Wolf Pack (4-21, 1-11 MW) Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Virginia Street Gym. That contest will be followed by a trip to San Diego, Calif., where they will play the San Diego State Aztecs Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Aztec Court at Peterson Gym.
MW POLL: San Diego State was picked second, Boise State seventh and Nevada eighth in the MW Preseason Poll.
THE NEVADA-BOISE STATE SERIES: Nevada leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 26-21 margin. However, the Broncos have won the last two encounters including the first match this year by a 3-2 score in Boise on Oct. 13.
THE SAN DIEGO STATE-BOISE STATE SERIES: This will be the second meeting this year between the Aztecs and Broncos. Boise State won the first match in Boise by a 3-1 score on Oct. 11. San Diego State holds a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series.
BOISE STATE'S RECORD: The Broncos are now 14-12 overall and 5-5 in MW play, sitting in sixth-place. Boise State is now 9-2 at home, 3-7 away and 2-3 on neutral courts. Last week the Broncos extended their win streak to three, all by 3-0 scores, with a pair of home victories over New Mexico and CSU Bakersfield.
BOISE STATE CLOSING STRONG: With six matches left in the season the Broncos have played well heading down the stretch going 7-3 in their last 10 contests. They are 5-5 in MW play. Three of the five league losses, including both home defeats this season, were in five sets with the Broncos having a chance to win each of them late.
LIVE STATS: Live stats will be available for each match on at the host school's website.
LOOKING AT THE NEVADA MATCH
NEVADA'S RECORD: The Wolf Pack enter the week at 4-21 overall and 1-11 in MW play. They are on an 11 match losing streak and are coming off a pair of 3-0 road defeats at Fresno State and UNLV last week.
WOLF PACK LEADERS: Tessa Lea'ea leads the Pack with 289 kills and a 125 blocks on the year. Janelle Batista follows with 229 kills and 66 blocks.
AS A TEAM: Nevada is hitting .134 percent and allowing opponents to hit .243 percent on the year.
THE LAST TIME: Boise State rallied twice from one set down to win an exciting five set marathon 22-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10 over the Nevada Wolf Pack in Boise on Oct. 13. The Broncos opened slow dropping the first set to Nevada which forced them to battle from behind all night in a contest that saw the two teams alternate wins, eventually forcing a decisive fifth set. Boise State claimed the match victory with a dominating set five over longtime rival Nevada. Liz Harden led Boise State hitting .233 percent with 19 kills, five digs and two blocks, followed by Brittany Reardon who hit .500 percent for 13 kills to go with two blocks. Tessa Lea'ea had a team-best 18 kills and six blocks for the Wolf Pack, followed by Janelle Batista with 10 kills and Bonnie Paul with eight.
LOOKING AT THE SAN DIEGO STATE MATCH
SAN DIEGO STATE RECORD: The Aztecs lead the Mountain West with a 9-3 league mark to go with an 18-7 overall record. Since their loss at Boise State on Oct. 11 they have won seven straight matches including a road sweep at UNLV (3-1) and Fresno State (3-1) this past week.
AZTEC LEADERS: They have a balanced attack that is led by Andrea Hannasch with 284 kills and 110 blocks (7th MW). Raegan Shelton follows with 247 kills while Summer Nash adds 243.
AS A TEAM: SDSU is second on the year in hitting percentage among MW teams at .236 percent and ranks fifth in defensive hitting percentage holding teams to .185 percent.
THE LAST TIME: Boise State pulled off the upset in Bronco Gym defeating the San Diego State Aztecs in four 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22 on Oct. 11. Boise State won the first, second and fourth sets by breaking open tight contests midway through each period using small runs to get the advantage over SDSU then held on the for wins. Liz Harden and Alyssa Gammel led the Broncos to the victory with 15 and 13 kills, respectively. Raegan Shelton led SDSU with 16 kills, followed by Chaiymin Steel with 15 kills and five blocks. Boise State hit .213 percent on the night and held San Diego State to .172 percent.
Boise State Notes
LOOKING AT BOISE STATE AS A TEAM
The Broncos are hitting .230 percent on the year to rank third in the Mountain West. In conference matches they are hitting .207 percent (5th MW).
On the year, Boise State is ranked second in kills per set at 13.77, the Broncos are also third in MW matches at 13.55.
Boise State leads in assists on the season with a per set average of 13.02, in conference play the Broncos are also first averaging 12.93 aps.
The Broncos are third in service aces with 130 and in per set average at 1.33.
Defensively, Boise State is fourth in digs with a per set average of 14.53 and seventh in blocks at 2.1 per set this season. The Broncos are seventh in blocks during league action at 2.2 per set.
Liz Harden leads the team in kills on the year with 340 for a 3.47 per set average (3rd MW). Harden is hitting .274 percent (10th MW).
Liz Harden is fifth in the Mountain West during league action for kills per set at 3.53 and fourth in point average at 3.85.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Harden recorded five kills at Colorado State on Oct. 18 to move into 10th-place on the career kills list with 1,040. Harden has moved into eighth place for career kills following the weekend of Nov. 3-4 with 1,073. She needs 11 to tie for seventh place at 1,084.
Alyssa Gammel is second on the team in kills with 325 to rank sixth in the MW for kills per set at 3.39. She is hitting .197 percent on the season.
Alyssa Gammel is sixth in the MW for points per set on the year at 3.79 with a total of 364 points.
Alyssa Gammel has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 13 of 26 matches. Gammel is second in digs on the team with 240.
Brittany Reardon, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker, is ranked fifth in the MW for hitting percent at .317, she also has a team third-best 180 kills.
Brittany Reardon leads Boise State in blocks with 83.
Taylor Murphey, sophomore rightside hitter, has 137 kills (4th Team) and is tied for second in blocks with 60.
Sarah Webster, redshirt freshman middle blocker, is fourth on the team in blocks with 45.
Casey Rose, junior setter, is ranked seventh in the MW for assists per set at 6.59. She has a team-high total of 646 assists. She is ranked sixth in league play with a 7.12 average.
Casey Rose recorded a career-high 45 assists versus UNLV in Bronco Gym on Sept. 22.
Kersti Whitney, senior libero, leads the team defensively with 422 digs to rank third in the MW at 4.31 digs per set, she is fifth in MW action at 4.15 dps.
Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Whitney currently has 1,133 career digs, she needs to reach 1,160 to tie Jeni Elson for ninth-place.
Sarah Baugh, freshman setter, is second on the team and ninth in the MW for assists per set at 5.16 on the season, she has a total of 485 assists to date.
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