BOISE, Idaho--The surging Boise State volleyball team concludes its record-breaking regular season by hosting Utah State tonight in Bronco Gym. Prior to the game, the Broncos will honor the contributions of three seniors: setter Sarah Baugh, outside hitter Katelyn Kinghorn and middle blocker Aly Duffin.
Coach Shawn Garus' Broncos have won eight straight and 14 of their last 15 matches heading into tonight. That is the most consecutive wins since 10 in 1995 and the second-best streak for 15 games. In 1981, Boise State compiled 17 straight victories and 30-out-of-31 in the Big Sky Conference.
Boise State is aiming for its 23rd win of the season against seven defeats--the Lady Broncos have already posted the most season wins in 25 years, since the 1990 team went 23-12. The Broncos have already clinched at least the fourth-best winning percentage in school history, and can finish second with a win tonight against the Aggies. The 1981 Boise State team which played in Division II enjoyed a spectacular 30-5 season. Two Bronco teams (1982 and 1989) finished 24-8 for a 75-percent winning percentage.
As of this writing, the Broncos are rated #45 in major college RPI, the highest ranking in school history.
No Boise State team has ever finished the season ranked in the national Top 10 in any statistical category. Coach Garus' team leads the nation in two: assists per set with 14.50 (the next-closest is Kansas with 14.25) and kills per set with 15.49 (Kansas is second with 15.21). Individually, Baugh is ranked third in the nation in assists with 12.11 per set. Outside hitter Sierra Nobley is ninth in points per set with 5.19 and 10th in kills per set with 4.65.
Boise State's 14 wins in the Mountain West Conference are the second-most in school history behind the 15-1 mark set in 1988, when the Broncos won the regular season of the Big Sky. That 1988 team, however, lost the Big Sky Tournament and did not participate in the NCAA Tournament.
The Broncos will shatter the school record set just last season when Boise State finished with a hitting percentage of 26.3%. Coming into tonight, the 2015 Boise State team is hitting 28.1%.
So there's still plenty to play for. But Boise State has already accomplished much. The Bronco team is averaging 13.9 assists per set, which ranks second all-time at Boise State and 14.9 kills per set, which ranks fourth in school history.
Sophomore outside hitter Sierra Nobley broke the school record for kills earlier this month and has 466. Nobley will also break Tina Harris' 1992 record of 4.12 kills per set--Nobley is averaging 4.61 heading into tonight. And, keep an eye on #15...with five points, Nobley will break Alisha Young's 2010 school mark of 524.5 points.
Baugh, who played part-time her first two years, moved into fourth place all-time in career assists and now has 3,659.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Oliver will break one of the oldest records in the books--that for individual hitting percentage in a season. Brittany Reardon hit 37.8% in 2013, but heading into tonight's match, Oliver is hitting an astounding 40.8% while Baugh is at 37.3%.
Maddi Osburn has also enjoyed a spectacular season at libero for the Broncos. Osburn has 460 digs to rank third all-time, and her digs per set of 4.51 is second.
Don't miss this amazing team as they conclude their regular season tonight, and be sure to arrive early to honor the three seniors. First serve is at 7 in Bronco Gym, just south of Taco Bell Arena.