Bronco Volleyball Team Set to Open Season
Coach Scott Sandel's women's volleyball team will be looking to build on
last year's late-season momentum as Sandel leads the Broncos into his third
season as Head Coach. The Broncos were
voted 7th in the preseason WAC poll, after favorite Hawai'i, Fresno
State, Rice, Nevada and SMU in a tie for 4th, and San Jose
State. 13th ranked
In addition to league tilts, Bronco fans will be treated to a match with
Washington, the 9th-ranked women's volleyball team last season, as
well as two home tournaments and matches with New Mexico State, Gonzaga,
Albertson, Montana, Idaho State and Florida A & M. The Bronco women open their schedule by hosting
The 2004 Broncos are young, with two seniors on the squad, but return five players who started at least twelve games last season: Seniors Mindy Bennett (5-9) and Kelsey Young (6-1), and Sophomores Cameron Flunder (5-9), Sarah Johnson (5-11) and Christina Melvin (5-8). Flunder was named to the All-WAC preseason team after being voted second team All-WAC a year ago. Flunder had an average of 3.31 "kills" per game, 85 blocks on the season and proved to be one of the best servers on the team with 24 aces her freshman year. Melvin (9.66 assists per game) and Bennett (5.25) will be counted on to set things up for Flunder and Young, who had 3.21 kills per game.
Coach Sandel brought in Junior Telia Peterson (5-10, OH) and Freshmen
Jamie Claussen (6-0, Outside Hitter), Robyn Hewitt (6-1, Middle Blocker),
Gabriela Navarrete (6-4, Middle Blocker) and Tiffany Starring (6-0 MB/OH). Claussen was credited with over 1,000 kills
during high school and was named to the conference first team as well as the
all-academic team all four years.
Navarrete was a three-time all district and two-time all-city player in
El Paso, leading her team to the district championship three seasons and the
state quarter-finals her senior season.
Peterson comes to
If the Broncos can gel early, this could be the year the volleyball team turns the corner towards a winning season. Spike Lee eat your heart out.