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The Boise State women's volleyball team members believe they have what it takes to continue to improve and bring respect back to the program. What are their chances this season?

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 Hawai'i will be going after their 9th straight WAC championship and has a 78-match WAC winning streak going into the season.  The Rainbow Wahine were #2 in the nation a year ago, losing in a 4-game semi-final to Florida, and have been to the national semi's 3 times in the last 4 years.


     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 Albertson College Wednesday, September 1st at 7 p.m.


     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 Boise State from Blinn Junior College, where she led the team in kills with 306 and in digs with 396.  Blinn JC finished last year with a 43-2 record, the #6-ranked junior college team. 


     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.


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