One of the things that Boise State head volleyball coach Shawn Garus has been stressing to his team has been defense: blocks, digs and serves. The Bronco team has excelled at offense, what with sophomores Sierra Nobley and Kaitlyn Oliver and freshman Sabryn Roberts blasting winners past unsuspecting opponents. Garus has hammered home the defensive side of the game in which the Broncos have been lower in the Mountain West Conference standings. And Garus' team has responded.
Boise State has risen to second in the conference in digs with 14.97 per set, and the Broncos are now seventh in the Mountain West in service aces with 1.25 per set.
Kinghorn, a 5-11 outside hitter from Rigby High School in Idaho, has been one of the defensive stars for Boise State this season. Kinghorn is third on the team with 71 digs, seventh with 11 blocks and she has five service aces (tied for fifth on the Broncos). Kinghorn also ranks sixth on the team in kills (shots for a point) with 51. Katelyn had five blocks and five digs in a Bronco sweep over San Jose State last Thursday to help Boise State run its winning streak to four.
Boise State faces what Garus calls "a pivotal match" tomorrow night in Reno. Nevada boasts two of the top offensive stars in the league, Madison Morell and Madison Foley, both amongst the conference leaders in kills, and it will be important for Kinghorn and the other Broncos at the net to put bodies on them and get some blocks. After the meeting with the Wolf Pack, Boise State faces San Diego State on Saturday.
The Lady Broncos then return home for a key homestand, hosting #21 Colorado State and Wyoming.