MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY, WEEK THREE
Thursday October 7
Saturday October 9
THIS WEEK AT BRONCO VOLLEYBALL
WHAT IS HAPPENING: Boise State (13-3, 2-2 MW) is on the road for two this week as the Broncos travel to Air Force (4-10, 1-3 MW) on Thursday and New Mexico (12-3, 3-1 MW) on Saturday.
BOISE STATE SCOUTING: The Broncos enter the week at 13-3 overall and 2-2 in the league. Boise State just split at home last week, falling in five points to San Jose State before regrouping to defeat Nevada in four on Saturday.
Across 16 games, Boise State is led by the 2021 Spring All-MW Winner and 2021 Fall Preseason All-MW Winner. Lauren Ohlinger who totaled team highs in kills (216), aces on serve (30) and points (259.0). Ohlinger leads Mountain West in total wins and points, and second in total service aces. She is ranked ninth nationally for total serving aces, 27th for serving aces per set and 39th for total points.
Makayla hansen follows with 147 eliminations and 69 blocks. Kayly pau is third with 94 eliminations and 29 blocks, Alyssa Wissinger is fourth with 86 eliminations and 74 MW blocks (17th NCAA), while Alli O’Harra contributes 54 kills and 54 blocks.
As a team, Boise State hits 0.265 percent (1st MW / 23rd NCAA) and holds their opponents at 0.156 percent (2nd MW / 28th NCAA). The Broncos average 12.92 kills per set (4th MW), 2.98 blocks (1st MW / 7th NCAA), 2.00 aces of service (2nd MW / 13th NCAA) and 13.54 digs (3rd MW) . Boise State is second nationally in blocks total (176.0) and 11th in serving aces total (118).
SCOUTING AIR FORCE: The Falcons are 4-10 overall and 1-3 in conference. They have just suffered a pair of losses on the road to UNLV (L 3-1) and San Diego State (L 3-0). Air Force is led by Bailey Keith with 113 eliminations and 38 blocks, Joi Harvey is next with 92 eliminations and hits .389 (3rd MW). As a team, the Air Force hit 0.214% (6th MW) while its opponents hit 0.22 (5th MW). The AFA has been chosen to place seventh in the 2021 Mountain West race.
THE AIR FORCE SERIES: Boise State leads the all-time series 15-5 and leads the MW series 13-5. The Falcons won the only meeting last spring in USAFA, Colorado, but Boise State leads the series in competitions played at the Air Force by a slim 6-5 margin. The Broncos also lead 8-0 in games played at Boise.
SCOUTING IN NEW MEXICO: The Lobos played well this fall and enter the week 12-3 overall and tied for first (tied at five) in the MW game at 3-1. They came out of a road division last week beating San Diego State (W 3-1) before falling to UNLV (L 3-1). UNM is led by Kaitlyn Biassou with 176 kills (2nd MW) and Uxue Guereca with 143 kills. As a team, New Mexico hit 0.248 percent (2nd MW) while their opponents hit 0.122 (1st MW). New Mexico was chosen to place 10th in the 2021 MW race.
THE NEW MEXICO SERIES: The all-time series is tied at 9-9, but Boise State has won five straight games with the Lobos. The Blue and Orange won both games last year at Boise and lead the series at Bronco Gym by a 7-4 margin. UNM leads 4-3 in matches played in Albuquerque. The Broncos lead the MW 10-8 series which dates back to 2011.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: If you can’t attend, the best way to follow the action is to go to the volleyball schedule at BroncoSports.com and click on the appropriate “Live Score” and / or “Live Stream” links. for the particular match you want to follow. For home and Mountain West contests, live streaming is free through the Mountain West network.
NOTES: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BRONCO VOLLEYBALL
BRONCOS ARE SOLID AT HOME: Boise State is a 12-3 combined at home over the past two seasons 6-1 last spring and 6-2 this fall.
TEAM DEPTH / LINE CHANGE: Boise State has one of its strongest teams in program history and has had the luxury of starting 12 of its 17 student-athletes at least once this season. Through 16 contests, the Broncos have presented six different formations. The most used formation to date has been Ohlinger, Wissinger, Boss, Casillas, O’Harra and Hansen, this group has started together seven times.
BOSS TO THE SETTER: – Senior Danielle Boss returned to the ferryman where she started the three previous campaigns. She entered the season ninth all-time and fifth in the Rally Age (RSE) for career assists at Boise State with 2,151. She opened the season with 488 to move up to seventh. overall and fourth in CSR with 2,639.
THE BLUE WALL INCLUDING THE DOUBLE-NUMBER BLOCKS: The Broncos frontline has recorded double-digit team blocks in 12 of 16 games so far with a high of 18 against San Jose State (September 30), tied for 12th overall. times and tied for third in the Rally Scoring Era (RSE).
THE NATIONALLY CLASSIFIED BLUE WALL: The Broncos lead the Mountain West and are ranked second nationally in blocking at 176. The Wall leads the MW and is seventh in the NCAA for blocks per series at 2.98.
DONAHUE IS LOOKING FOR A BLOCK RECORD: Jessica donahue kicks off the season with a chance to break the school’s record for career blocks. She currently sits at 395 to move to seventh place all-time, she must reach 493 for the record. She now sits second in the era of rally scorers, 25 minutes from a tie for first place. Donahue saw his first action of the season on September 10 against CSUN.
WISSINGER NATIONALLY CLASSIFIED FOR BLOCKS: Alyssa Wissinger is ranked 17th nationally for total blocks with 74 and 13th for blocks per series at 1.45.
BOSS NATIONAL LEVEL FOR ASSISTANCE: Dani Boss is ranked 27th nationally for assists per set at 10.61, second in the MW.
OHLINGER IN THE NATIONAL RANKING: Lauren Ohlinger is ranked ninth in the NCAA for total serving aces (30), 27th nationally for serving aces per set (0.51) and 39th for total points (259.0).
SHAWN GARUS: Boise State Head Coach Shawn garus, in his 13th season with the program, currently sits at 219-151, his career high is 326-271 in his 21st year. Garus ranks second in overall wins in program history, out of 10 all-time coaches. At Boise State, he recorded nine winning seasons in total, including an active streak of six consecutive seasons. It has three seasons (2010, 2015, 2016) with more than 20 victories.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE BOSS: After missing week one, Dani Boss came out on fire in Irvine, Calif. In week two, leading the Broncos to a tournament title at the UCI / Adidas Invitational (September 3-4) with three doubles. -doubles. The elder now has seven team records, with the last two coming against San Jose St. (42 assists, 13 digs) on September 30 and Nevada (46 assists, 11 digs) on October 2.
SECOND BEST START EVER: Boise State’s 12-2 record to open the season was tied for second all-time with the 1982 team. The record is held by the 2010 team which went 13-2.