Broncos Open NIVC at Pacific
Nov. 27, 2017

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) 

Tuesday, Nov. 28

  • at Pacific  | Stockton, Calif. (Spanos Center)  | 8 p.m. (Mountain) |  Live Stats  |  Live Video

Wednesday, Nov. 29 (If Broncos win Tuesday)

  • vs UC Irvine or Sacramento State  | Stockton, Calif. (Spanos Center)  | 8 p.m. (Mountain) |  Live Stats

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WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK

  • Boise State (17-13, 10-8 MW) opens postseason play in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (MT) against the Pacific Tigers (16-13, 11-7 WCC) in Stockton, Calif.

  • If the Broncos win on Tuesday they would advance to the second round on Wednesday in Stockton against the winner of the UC Irvine (22-7, 10-6 BWC) and Sacramento State (26-9, 15-1 BSC) match. 

LAST WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS

  • Boise State has not played since defeating Nevada in Reno on Nov. 18. 

  • Boise State wrapped up the regular season with a pair of sweeps defeating San Jose State in Boise (Nov. 15) and Nevada on the road (Nov. 18) to finish on a four-match win streak (all by sweep) to improve to 17-13 overall and 10-8 in MW play, tied for third.

  • Against SJSU, Sierra Nobley (11) and Janell Walley (10) combined for 21 kills on Senior Night to lead Boise State to its third-straight sweep in a 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 win. 

  • The Boise State offense continued its hot hitting combining for 31.2 percent as a team, while holding the Spartans to 20 percent. 

  • In the victory at Nevada, Boise State closed the regular season by recording its fourth-straight sweep 25-22, 25-23, 25-17. 

  • Sierra Nobley, Sabryn Roberts and Janell Walley combined for 45 of the Broncos’ 55 kills and each hit over 38 percent to lead Boise State to the win. 

THE NIVC

  • The NIVC is volleyball’s version of basketball’s NIT (National Invitation Tournament). This will be the third trip to the NIVC in program history for the Broncos, the last coming in 1990.

  • The NIVC has been brought back by Triple Crown Sports this year after a 21-year absence, however under a different format than the former version of the event. 

  • The original format (1989) divided 16 teams into four groups who played a round robin with the winner advancing to the semifinals. In 1990 the tournament was expanded to 20 teams and four five-team groups with round robin play, winners of each group advancing. 

  • The new format of the NIVC is a single elimination tournament played at campus sites all the way through to the championship match. The first two rounds will be played at eight locations with four-team brackets, the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. 

  • The first two rounds will be played Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 28-Dec. 1. 

  • The last three rounds will feature two teams at one site with the quarterfinals being played Dec. 2-4, the semifinals Dec. 5-9 and the championship on Dec. 12. 

BOISE STATE NIVC HISTORY

  • Boise State has a history in the NIVC competing in the first two editions of the tournament and reaching the championship match in 1989. The Broncos, who were coached by Darlene (Bailey) Pharmer at the time, are 7-2 all-time in the tournament. 

  • The 1989 Broncos advanced to the final at Birmingham, Ala., by winning its group going 3-0 with wins over Arkansas State (3-2), Georgia (3-2) and Murray State (3-1). In the semifinals Boise State defeated William & Mary (3-2) to advance to the championship. Boise State eventually lost to Wisconsin (3-1) in the title match.

  • In 1990 at Knoxville, Tenn., Boise State dropped its first match of group play 3-1 to Georgia, then rallied to win three straight over Northern Iowa (3-2), Akron (3-0) and Arkansas State (3-0). The Broncos tied Georgia for the five-team group lead, but the Bulldogs advanced based on its win over the blue and orange. 

ABOUT PACIFIC

  • The Tigers enter the NIVC at 16-13 overall and 11-7 in West Coast Conference play, third place. 

  • Pacific has also won four straight contests with wins at home versus Saint Mary’s (3-2), Gonzaga (3-0), Portland (3-0) and San Francisco (3-0). 

  • The Tigers are averaging 13.25 kills per set (5th WCC) while hitting 22.1 percent (5th WCC) on the year ... defensively they are holding opponents to 20.6 percent hitting (4th WCC).

  • Pacific was picked to place fourth in the WCC preseason poll after returning five starters and the libero from last year’s team. 

  • This will be the 10th meeting in the all-time series which the Tigers lead 9-0.

  • These two were once rivals in the Big West Conference 1996-2000. 

ABOUT UC IRVINE

  • The Anteaters enter the week at 22-7 overall and 10-6 in Big West play, third place. 

  • UCI is coming off a win over UC Santa Barbara (3-1) on Nov. 21, preceded by three defeats.

  • UC Irvine is averaging 13.59 kills per set (2nd BWC) while hitting 24.7 percent (3rd BWC) as a team ... meanwhile, the Anteaters hold opponents to 19.7 percent hitting (3rd BWC). 

  • The Anteaters were picked to place fifth out of nine in the 2017 Big West race. 

  • This would be the 12th meeting in the series which is led by Boise State 7-4 ... the last time they met was in 2012 when they met twice with the Broncos winning both.

  • These two programs were once rivals in the Big West Conference from 1996-2000. 

ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE

  • Sacramento State is 26-9 overall and went 15-1 in Big Sky play, first place. 

  • The Hornets are coming off a loss in the Big Sky Tournament Championship to North Dakota (3-2), preceded by seven straight wins.

  • Sac State is averaging 13.64 kills per set (2nd BSC) while hitting 22.3 percent (4th BSC) as a team ... meanwhile, the Hornets hold opponents to 21.1 percent hitting (5th BSC). 

  • Sac State is picked to place tied for 10th out of 12 teams in the 2017 league race after returning four starters and 12 letterwinners from last year’s 20-12 team. 

  • This would be the eighth meeting in the series which is led by Sacramento State 4-3.

  • They met earlier this year on Sept. 1 in Boise where the Broncos won a hard fought match 3-2.

NOBLEY NEEDS TWO DIGS TO JOIN ELITE CLUB

  • The Boise State senior outside hitter Sierra Nobley needs two digs this week to become the fourth member of the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club.

  • Only three other Broncos have accomplished the feat in their careers.

Individual Years (Sets) Kills/Blocks
1. Debbie Hansmann 1986-89 (391) 1,022/1,173
2. Tara Brinkerhoff 1997-00 (386) 1,241/1,169
3. Katy Shepard 1997-00 (423) 1,084/1,289
Sierra Nobley 2014-pres. (422) 1,880/998

BOISE STATE’S TOP NCAA RANKINGS

  • The Broncos are ranked 35th in the NCAA for kills per set (13.99) and 34th for assists per set (13.15).

NOBLEY LEADS MW IN FOUR CATEGORIES

  • Sierra Nobley leads the MW in kills per set at 4.73 and points per set at 5.32. 

  • Nobley ranks second in total kills at 445 and total points 500. 

  • Nobley has led the conference in kills and points per set for the last three years.

NOBLEY AMONG NCAA CAREER LEADERS

  • Sierra Nobley is currently ranked among the NCAA’s top-seven for 2017’s active players in four categories: third for career kills (1,912), fourth for kills per set (4.53), fourth for total attacks (4,907) and seventh for attacks per set (11.63). 

OSBURN IN NCAA TOP-25 CAREER DIGS

  • Senior libero Maddi Osburn is currently ranked 24th among active 2017 NCAA players for career digs with 1,736. 


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