Shelby Ransom

Boise State Bronco Volleyball Team Must Learn To Win on the Road

Coming off a big win over Northwestern, the Boise State volleyball team is looking to continue their aggressive play on the road.

BOISE, Idaho--After a successful weekend in which the Boise State volleyball team showed great improvement, the Broncos head to Denton, Texas for the North Texas Invitational, the first of three weeks on the road for the team.

Head coach Shawn Garus has been hard at work this past week, assigning several tasks to his team.  The Lady Broncos will need to achieve these tasks if they are to become road warriors.

Garus has stressed the importance of defense this week to his team.  "In practice, we've been focusing on digs, blocks and serving, which are stats we're lower at in our conference," junior middle blocker Maddy O'Donnell said.  "Serving is key in getting us more blocks in the front row and helping our defense behind us," she added.

Garus also wants to transform the on-court personna of his team into one of aggression and tenacity.  "When we have 'em down, we want to keep 'em down," Garus said.  "We have a group of players that are really good kids, and they have trouble being mean to their opponent, so I was really happy to see that they were able to be mean to Northwestern," he continued.

First on the agenda this weekend is the host of the tournament, North Texas.  The Mean Green (4-4 on the season) return five starters from a year ago, led by senior outside hitter Carnae Dillard, and are coming off an impressive road win at Oklahoma.  

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Dillard has registered 168 kills, or 5.25 per set, to rank third in the nation.  Garus knows the Broncos will have their hands full with the talented Dillard.

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The Bronco match with North Texas begins at 6 p.m. Mountain Time Friday.  Boise State then faces the Universitiy of Houston Saturday at noon and Abilene Christian at 3:30 p.m.  The Houston Cougars are off to a great start at 5-1 and feature good height and jumping ability.  Houston is led by Brookah Palmer at 4.78 kills per set.  Olivia O'Dell is this week's American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.  

Abilene Christian, which is led by Jennifer Loerch with 3.41 kills per set, is winless in six outings this season.  This will be the first-ever meeting between the Wildcats and the Broncos.  

Boise State ranks 14th in the country in assists (13.55 per set), 15th in the nation in hitting percentage (29.1%) and 15th in kills per set (14.45).  Individually, sophomore outside hitter Sierra Nobley leads the Mountain West Conference and is eighth in the NCAA in kills per set at 4.95.  Nobley also leads the conference and is ranked 12th nationally in points per set at 5.35.  

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Senior setter Sarah Baugh leads the Mountain West in assists per set with 11.4 which ranks Baugh 19th in the country. O'Donnell recognizes the leadership that Baugh brings to the team.

 Redshirt sophomore Kaitlyn Oliver is second in the MW and 17th nationally in hitting percentage at 45.7%.  

Fans can follow this weekend's matches with live statistics available from BroncoSports.com at:  http://www.broncosports.com/gametracker/launch/gt_wvolley.html?event=1428480&school=bosu&sport=wvolley&camefrom=&startschool=&


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