The Boise State volleyball team has won seven of its last eight matches on the road, and the Lady Broncos look to continue that road magic as they open Mountain West Conference play.
The Broncos meet #27 Wyoming Thursday night before challenging #19 Colorado State Saturday. Coach Shawn Garus' squad sports a record of 8-4. Garus recorded his 100th win at the helm of the Bronco program last weekend and ranks second in total wins in program history. Wyoming is off to a 10-2 start while the defending conference champion Rams are 7-3.
Boise State tops the Mountain West in hitting percentage (30.2%) and ranks eighth nationally. The Broncos also lead the conference in assists with 13.74 assists per set to rank seventh in the country in that category. Senior setter Sarah Baugh leads the Mountain West and is third nationally with 11.83 assists per set.
Sierra Nobley has led the Broncos each match in kills, and was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week this past Monday.
Wyoming sports a four-match winning streak and has the best non-conference record of the conference's 11 teams. Kayla Slofkiss paces the Cowgirls with 121 kills with great help from Laura Beach right behind with 116. Bronco coach Garus has been drilling his team on improving their defense--Wyoming already has that portion of their game down, topping the conference with 2.8 blocks per set.
Six-time defending conference champion Colorado State is 6-1 in Moby Arena and are led by the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year, Adrianna Culbert. Culbert leads the Ram women with 93 kills, while Acacia Andrews tops the league in hitting percentage with 42.3%.
Boise State meets Wyoming tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Mountain time, while the Broncos and Rams tangle Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.