Dec. 6, 2016
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's Maddy O'Donnell and Sierra Nobley have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Pacific North Region Team as announced by the organization's headquarters in Lexington, Ky. This is the first all-region honor for O'Donnell, a senior from Irvine, Calif., while it is the third of Nobley's career, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz. It is the second year in a row that Boise State has had multiple honorees, and third season overall.
In addition, Boise State head coach Shawn Garus has been named the AVCA North Pacific Region Coach of the Year, his first at Boise State. Last year Garus became the first Boise State coach in program history to earn conference coach of the year, then he repeated as the Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2016. Now he becomes the first Bronco coach to earn region coach of the year recognition.
Garus' team recorded the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in 26 years since a five-year stretch from 1986-90. The Broncos went 26-7 overall and 16-2 in conference play winning their first Mountain West championship and first league title since 1988.
Boise State advanced to its first NCAA Tournament ever and won its first match in the national postseason event last Friday with a sweep over 20th-ranked Western Kentucky. The Broncos advanced to the NCAA second round where they fell to ninth-ranked Stanford. The 26 overall wins are second most in school history, while the 16 conference victories are a new record.
Maddy O'Donnell is the lone senior on the Boise State team. O'Donnell becomes the 10th Bronco, the fourth since Boise State joined the MW in 2011, to earn regional accolades. She finished her incredible four-year career helping the Broncos to new heights as conference champions and NCAA participants.
The three-time All-Mountain West honoree finished this season ranked second in the MW and 44th nationally (as of 12-17-16) for hitting percentage at .362. She was fourth in the conference and 45th in the NCAA for blocks per set at 1.27, as well as fourth in MW and 41st in the nation for total blocks with 145. She finishes her career second in career hitting percentage (.366) at Boise State and top-10 in the MW. O'Donnell tallied 924 career kills, 19th in school history, and 391 blocks, seventh all-time.
Sierra Nobley is Boise State's first three-time all-region honoree making the first team the last two seasons, and honorable mention as a freshman. The 2016 Mountain West Player of the Year and three-time All-MW honoree capped the season off with a league-high 18 double-doubles, two in the NCAA Tournament.
She led the MW and ranked 12th in the NCAA (as of 12-17-16) for kills per set at 4.58, led the conference and was 16th in the nation for total kills with 522, led the MW and was 13th nationally in points per set at 5.17, and led the league and ranked 15th in NCAA for total points. Nobley set the school record for kills in a season with 522 and has moved into second on the career list with 1,467, 43 short of the school record. Her 4.58 kills per set this year ranks second in program history behind her mark from 2015. Nobley is now the career leader at Boise State for career kills per set at 4.47, well above the second place mark of 3.67 kps.