Broncos Close Out Season at UNLV and Fresno State
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Boise State (16-14, 7-7 MW) closes out the 2012 campaign this week when the Broncos travel to UNLV (17-10, 9-5 MW) Wednesday night for a 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) start in Cox Pavilion, followed by the season finale at Fresno State Friday night at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Save Mart Center.
THE STANDINGS: Entering the final week UNLV is currently in third place while Boise State and Fresno State are tied with New Mexico for fourth place.
MW POLL: Fresno State was picked to place fourth, UNLV fifth and Boise State seventh in the MW Preseason Poll.
THE UNLV-BOISE STATE SERIES: Boise State leads the relatively young series with UNLV by a 4-3 margin. The Rebels won the first match between the two this year in five sets in Boise on Sept. 22. The Broncos swept the Rebels in 2011 winning both encounters by 3-2 scores.
THE FRESNO STATE-BOISE STATE SERIES: The Fresno State-Boise State series goes back to their days in the Western Athletic Conference 2001-10. The Broncos have lost the last five meetings against Fresno State all by a 3-2 score, including September's meeting in Boise. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series by a 18-7 margin, nine of the last 11 meetings have gone five sets.
BOISE STATE'S RECORD: The Broncos are now 16-14 overall and 7-7 in MW play, sitting in a tie for fourth-place. Boise State closed its home schedule with a 10-3 mark, they are 4-8 away and 2-3 on neutral courts. Last week the Broncos split at home defeating Wyoming 3-1 before falling to Colorado State 3-0.
BOISE STATE CLOSING STRONG: With two matches left in the season the Broncos have played well heading down the stretch going 9-5 in their last 14 contests and 5-2 in last seven. Three of the seven league losses, including two of the home defeats this season, were in five sets with the Broncos having a chance to win each of them late.
WHAT A WIN THIS WEEK WOULD DO: The Boise State program has come a long way over the last four years, the Broncos need one win to clinch its third-consecutive winning season for the first time in 20 years, since 1992. A win would also make this year's senior class the first since the 1992 team to have three winning seasons in their careers.
LIVE STATS: Live stats will be available for each match this week at the opponents' websites.
LOOKING AT THE UNLV MATCH
UNLV'S RECORD: The Rebels enter the week at 17-10 overall and 9-5 in MW play. They defeated Fresno State 3-0 in Las Vegas last week in their lone match of the week.
REBEL LEADERS: Daryn Glenn leads the Rebels with 298 kills. Madeline Westman is second with 268 kills and is ranked 9th in the MW for hitting percentage on the year at .287 percent, she also has a team-high 132 blocks which ranks her fifth in blocks per set at 1.29.
AS A TEAM: UNLV is hitting .221 percent on the year to rank fifth, while holding opponents to .187 percent (5th MW). In conference action they are ranked fourth at .200 percent and are allowing .205 percent (5th MW) hitting by its opponents.
THE LAST TIME: On Sept. 22 in Boise, Down two sets Boise State rallied to force a fifth set before coming up short in a hard 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 19-25, 16-14) loss at the hands of UNLV. A slow start saw Boise State fall into a two set hole early, before rallying with wins in the third and fourth frames to force the decisive fifth set where the Broncos fell 16-14. Boise State battled hard in the final set and had a match point at 14-13, but fell short as the Rebels countered with three straight points to claim the set at 16-14 and the match at 3-2. Liz Harden finished with the fourth-best performance for kills all-time with 32 against the Rebels while hitting .415 percent in the match. Brittany Reardon chipped in with 10 kills and seven blocks, while Alyssa Gammel contributed 10 kills. Boise State finished the night hitting .206 percent with 65 kills, 62 assists, seven aces, 77 digs and 14 blocks. UNLV hit .214 percent with 66 kills, 61 assists, three aces, 72 digs and 13 blocks. Madeline Westman led the Rebels with 21 kills hitting .529 percent, followed by Sekola Falemaka with 20 kills.
LOOKING AT THE FRESNO STATE MATCH
FRESNO STATE RECORD: The Bulldogs enter the week at 16-13 overall and 7-7 in league. Fresno State lost at UNLV in straight sets last week and are in the midst of a five-match losing streak prior to hosting Air Force on Wednesday.
BULLDOG LEADERS: Korrin Wild leads Fresno State with 380 kills ranking fifth in the MW at 3.39 kills per set. Marissa Brand follows with 357 kills and is ranked seventh in kills per set at 3.31.
AS A TEAM: Fresno State is hitting .195 percent on the year to rank sixth in the MW on the year, defensively they are holding teams to .205 percent (6th MW). In league contests they are hitting .194 percent (6th MW) and allowing .216 percent (6th MW) by its opponents.
THE LAST TIME: Boise State lost a heartbreaker to Fresno State in five sets 21-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-12 in Bronco Gym on Sept. 20. After winning the first two sets, the Broncos watched the Bulldogs rally to win the final three, snapping Boise State's five match home win streak in the process. Liz Harden led Boise State with 21 kills while hitting .347 percent to go along with three blocks. Reardon hit a team-high .556 percent with 16 kills and three blocks. Alyssa Gammel was third in kills with 12 to go with 10 digs, her eighth double-double of the year. On the day the Broncos hit .242 percent with 67 kills, 63 assists, three aces, 68 digs and 10.5 blocks. Fresno State countered at .276 percent hitting to go with 72 kills, 66 assists, two aces, 76 digs and eight blocks. Marissa Brand led the Bulldogs with 25 kills hitting .310 percent.
Boise State Notes
LOOKING AT BOISE STATE AS A TEAM
The Broncos are hitting .229 percent on the year to rank third in the Mountain West. In conference matches they are also third hitting .210 percent.
On the year, Boise State is ranked second in kills per set at 13.81, the Broncos are third in MW matches at 13.70.
Boise State leads in assists on the season with a per set average of 13.05, in conference play the Broncos are also first averaging 13.02 aps.
The Broncos are third in service aces with 148, but are second in per set average at 1.33.
Defensively, Boise State is fourth in digs with a per set average of 14.47 and seventh in blocks at 2.07 per set this season. The Broncos are seventh in blocks during league action at 2.11 per set.
Liz Harden leads the team in kills on the year with 377 for a 3.40 per set average (4th MW). Harden is hitting .270 percent (10th MW).
Liz Harden is fourth in the Mountain West during league action for kills per set at 3.36 and 10th in point average at 3.65.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - moved into third-place for career points with 1,238 to date. Note - the points statistic did not start until rally scoring was adopted for the 2001 season.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - reached the 1,000 career kill milestone on Oct. 6 at CSU Bakersfield where she recorded a team-high 21 to give her 1,001 all-time, becoming only the fourth Bronco ever to join the 1,000 kill club.
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 since moved into seventh place for career kills following the weekend of Nov. 8-10 with 1,110. She needs 11 to tie for sixth place at 1,121.
Liz Harden, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Harden's 377 kills this season is five short for 10th place on Boise State's season record list. She needs to reach 382 for 10th, 388 for 9th, 389 for 8th and 391 for 7th.
Alyssa Gammel is second on the team in kills with 363 to rank sixth in the MW for kills per set at 3.36. She is hitting .190 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 409.5 points.
Alyssa Gammel has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 14 of 30 matches. Gammel is second in digs on the team with 271.
Brittany Reardon, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker, is ranked sixth in the MW for hitting percent at .312, she also has a team third-best 182 kills.
Brittany Reardon leads Boise State in blocks with 88 and is ranked 10th in MW for blocks per set at 0.91.
Taylor Murphey, sophomore rightside hitter, has 173 kills (4th Team) and is third in blocks with 68.
Sarah Webster, redshirt freshman middle blocker, is fourth on the team in blocks with 53.
Casey Rose, junior setter, is ranked seventh in the MW for assists per set at 6.62. She has a team-high total of 735 assists. She is ranked sixth in league play with a 7.06 per set average.
Kersti Whitney, senior libero, leads the team defensively with 469 digs to rank fifth in the MW at 4.23 digs per set, she is sixth in MW action at 4.02 dps.
Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Whitney currently has 1,180 career digs to move into seventh place all-time, she needs to reach 1,250 to make sixth.
Kersti Whitney, RECORD BOOK WATCH - Whitney's 469 digs is currently ranked third all-time for a season in Bronco history. She needs to reach 473 to move into second place and 522 for first.
Sarah Baugh, freshman setter, is second on the team and ninth in the MW for assists per set at 5.15 on the season, she has a total of 551 assists to date.
Leah Stevens, is second on the team in blocks with 71.
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