Nov. 14, 2017
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Conclusion of Mountain West and regular season play.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - Senior Night
- San Jose State | Boise, Idaho (Bronco Gym) | 7:30 p.m. (Mountain) | | Watch Live on MW Network
Saturday, Nov. 18
- at Nevada | Reno, Nev. (Virginia Street Gym) | 2 p.m. (Mountain) | Live Stats | Watch Live on MW Network
Promotions: Wednesday is Beat Hunger with the Broncos - Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Idaho Food Bank and receive $3 admission!
WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Boise State (15-13, 8-8 MW) closes the regular season this week hosting San Jose State (17-10, 9-7 MW) before traveling to Nevada (9-19, 7-9 MW). These are the two teams the Broncs play only once this year in the MW's 18-match format.
The Broncos open up with San Jose State for Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain) Wednesday in Bronco Gym ... the Broncos will also be holding a food drive for the Idaho Food Bank, anyone bringing a non-perishable food item will receive a $3 admission ticket.
Senior Night Ceremony: The four seniors Sierra Nobley, Maddi Osburn, Laney Hayes and Jaymee-Lee Bulda will be honored with a short pre-match ceremony.
The regular season finale will be Saturday afternoon at Nevada with a 2 p.m. (Mountain) start in the Virginia Street Gym at Reno.
LAST WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS
Boise State began a three-match homestand last week in dominating fashion sweeping Utah State 25-15, 25-13, 25-15 and Air Force 25-20, 25-17, 25-11 in a pair of Mountain West contests.
Boise State found its touch during the week hitting a combined 36.1 percent for 87 kills, while holding the opponents to 6.2 percent and 50 kills.
Boise State cruised to the win over Utah State never trailing in the first two sets and winning by an average of 10.6 points each.
The Air Force contests was a bit closer but still a dominating performance by the Broncos as they grew stronger and won by larger margins in each set as the match wore on.
Sierra Nobley and Janell Walley led the Broncos tallying 25 points each during the two matches.
Nobley hit 32.7 percent for a team-high 22 kills with 13 digs and four blocks, while Walley added 17 kills, six assists, two service aces, 12 digs and a team-high 11 blocks.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE
The Spartans enter the week at 17-10 overall and have a 9-7 league mark sitting in fourth place.
San Jose State is coming in off a home split last week falling to Wyoming (3-0), then regrouped to upset No. 19 Colorado State (3-2).
The Spartans are averaging 13.4 kills per set (4th MW) while hitting 22.5 percent (4th MW) on the year ... defensively they are holding opponents to 20.3 percent hitting (4th MW).
SJSU was picked to place eighth in the MW preseason poll after returning five starters, the libero, and nine letterwinners from last year's team.
This will be the 33rd meeting in the all-time series which is tied at 16 wins apiece ... Boise State swept both contests last, this is the first and only meeting between the two teams in 2017.
The Wolf Pack enter the week at 9-19 overall and 7-9 in league play.
Nevada lost two matches at home last week falling to No. 19 Colorado State (3-0) and Wyoming (3-0).
Nevada is averaging 12.6 kills per set (7th MW) while hitting 16.8 percent (10th) as a team ... meanwhile, the Wolf Pack hold opponents to 22 percent hitting (10 MW).
The Wolf Pack were picked to place fifth in the 2017 MW race after returning two starters and five letterwinners from last year's squad.
This is the 57th meeting in the series which is led by Boise State 29-27 ... the two split last year with the visiting team winning both times, this is the lone meeting of 2017.
BRONCO STORY LINES
NOBLEY NEEDS 14 DIGS TO JOIN ELITE CLUB
The Boise State senior outside hitter Sierra Nobley needs 14 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
BOISE STATE'S TOP NCAA RANKINGS
NOBLEY LEADS MW IN FOUR CATEGORIES
Sierra Nobley leads the MW in total kills at 413, kills per set at 4.69, total points 465.5 and points per set at 5.29.
Nobley has led the conference in kills and points per set for the last three years.
NOBLEY LEADS THE MW IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
The senior outside hitter leads the MW with a league-high 44 career doubles, including nine this season.
She has two in MW play during 2017 versus Colorado State (Oct. 5) and Wyoming (Oct. 7).
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 (1,880), fourth for kills per set (4.52), fourth for total attacks (4,839) and seventh for attacks per set (11.63).
OSBURN IN NCAA TOP-25 CAREER DIGS