Kaitlyn Oliver was one of three Broncos named all-tournament last weekend in Tucson, Ariz.

Women's Beach Volleyball

Boise State Heads to Sacramento for Week Two

April 2, 2015


  • Match 6: Boise State (0-5) vs. San Francisco (5-4)
  • Date and Time: April 3 (Friday) at 3 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento State Softball Complex)

  • Match 7: Boise State (0-5) vs. San Jose State (0-10)
  • Date and Time: April 3 (Friday) at 6 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento State Softball Complex)

  • Match 8: Boise State (0-5) vs. California (4-8)
  • Date and Time: April 4 (Saturday) at 11 a.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento State Softball Complex)

  • Match 9: Boise State (0-5) vs. Cal Poly (0-6)
  • Date and Time: April 4 (Saturday) at 2 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento State Softball Complex)

  • Match 10: Boise State (0-5) vs. Pacific (7-5)
  • Date and Time: April 5 (Sunday) at 11 a.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento State Softball Complex)

  • Match 11: Boise State (0-5) at Sacramento State (2-6)
  • Date and Time: April 4 (Sunday) at 2 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento State Softball Complex)

  • Boise State's (0-5) sand volleyball team is on the road this weekend headed to Sacramento, Calif., where the Broncos will play six matches over three days on the Sacramento State campus against teams from throughout central and northern California.
  • The field for this weekend includes: Boise State, California, Cal Poly, Pacific, Sacramento State, San Francisco and San Jose State.
  • This week's action begins with two matches on Friday against San Francisco (5-4) at 3 p.m. (Mountain), followed by a contest versus San Jose State (0-10) at 6 p.m.
  • Day two has the Broncos facing the Cal Golden Bears (4-8) at 11 a.m. and the Cal Poly Mustangs (0-6) at 2 p.m.
  • The trip concludes on Sunday with two more matches against Pacific (7-5) at 11 a.m. and Sacramento State (2-6) at 2 p.m.
  • The Broncos went 2-1 last year against teams from this year's field: Cal Poly (W 3-2), Pacific (L 4-1) and Sacramento Sate (W 3-2) ... the matches against Cal, San Jose State and San Francisco will be first time encounters for Boise State.

  • Boise State opened the 2015 campaign on the road in Arizona where the Broncos went 0-5.
  • Boise State began the trip against Grand Canyon (L 5-0) and Arizona State (L 3-2) in Phoenix, then traveled south to the Wildcat Spring Challenge in Tucson where the Broncos fell to No. 10 Arizona (L 5-0), Nebraska (L 5-0) and Cal State Northridge (L 3-2).
  • The Broncos were led by the doubles team of Laney Hayes and Taylor Murphey who recorded a pair of wins at No. 5 pair.
  • All-Tournament Honors: Boise State's Sierra Nobley, Kaitlyn Oliver and Hannah Hubbard were named to the Wildcat Spring Challenge All-Tournament Team.

  • Program History: This is the second season in the history of the Bronco sand volleyball program after going 4-7 during last year's inaugural campaign.
  • Record: Boise State is currently 0-5 after opening the season last week in Arizona.
  • Road Warriors: Boise State is playing the first three weeks of the 2015 season on the road for a total of 13 matches.
  • Home Debut: Boise State played all 11 matches on the road last year. The Broncos will play their first home matches in program history on Friday, April 24, when they host No. 10 Arizona and Oregon in a round-robin at the Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts on the corner of Belmont and Oakland.


  • Sand volleyball is different than the indoor game which plays with a six-women team on the court.
  • In the sand they play with five two-women pairs which are ranked according to ability with the No. 1 pair being the best, much like collegiate tennis.
  • The winner of the match is the team who wins three or more of the pairs.
  • Each individual match played by the pairs is two out of three sets to win.
  • The first two sets go to 21 points with the third, if needed, going to 15 points, all are win by two.

  • Boise State University Executive Director of Athletics Mark Coyle announced on Aug. 29, 2013 the addition of women's sand volleyball to the list of sports sponsored by the Broncos.
  • The addition of sand volleyball gave Boise State 20 intercollegiate teams.
  • Boise State was the first school to add sand volleyball in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions, as well as the Mountain West Conference.
  • This year there are three Mountain West schools that are now sponsoring sand volleyball. Boise State and San Jose State added it for 2014, while New Mexico added it for 2015.

  • The NCAA announced this winter that sand volleyball will officially become the 90th sports sponsored by the organization starting in the spring of 2016.
  • This takes the sport off the "emerging sport list" and makes it an official sport with a NCAA sponsored nationally championship tournament.
  • There are currently 43 NCAA Division I schools sponsoring the sport in 2015 with three more that have announced they will add it for 2016.

  • The NCAA limits the number of coaches to two, a head coach and one assistant.
  • Shawn Garus will serve as the head coach of both the indoor and sand teams.
  • Boise State alumnae Breann Crowell will serve as the sand volleyball assistant coach.
  • Candy Murphy will be the director of operations for the sand team. Murphy is the top assistant for the indoor team.

  • The University opened a new sand volleyball complex called the "Boise State University Sand Volleyball Courts" last summer on the corner of Belmont Street and N. Oakland Avenue. The new complex consist of three regulation courts.
  • This facility is not apart of the athletic department but is owned and controlled by the university.
  • This facility will also serve as the official home of the Boise State sand volleyball program and will host all home matches for the team.
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