It's a big week
of sports action for BoiseState
and Friday, prior to the big football game, the nationally-ranked Hawai'i
Rainbow Wahine volleyball team will take on BoiseState at in Bronco Gym.
is 8-0 in the WAC and 18-0 overall and is ranked #3 in this week's USA Today
Coaches' poll.The Rainbow Wahine have made the final four in the NCAA volleyball
championships in three of the past four seasons.BoiseState enters the contest with a 5-4
record in league play and 16-7 overall.It's hard to believe it was earlier this month when BoiseState cruised into Honolulu
with a 14-3 record.A three-game victory
by Hawai'i that night started a
Bronco slide that now totals 4 losses in their last 6 games.
the league's statistics, ranking 1st in assists with 15.81 per game,
1st in kills with 16.86 per game, 1st in blocks with 3.07
per contest and 2nd in the WAC in hitting percentage (25.9%).BoiseState, by the way, is 2nd
in hitting percentage defense, with opponents only hitting 14.3% of their
Wahine are led by SalaiaSalave`a with 351 kills on the season and Victoria Prince with a
40% hitting percentage (11th in the country) and KanoeKamana`o with 13.79 assists per game (9th in the
nation).All three Rainbow Wahine lead
the WAC in those respective departments.
For the Broncos, Heather Malashak is 1st in the WAC and 12th
in the NCAA with 1.65 blocks per game.Cameron Flunder is second to Prince in hitting with 33.8% and also has
345 kills to lead the Broncos in that area.Christina Melvin ranks 5th in the league in
assists with 11.8 per game.
The vastly improved Bronco team got a
lesson in its first meeting with Hawai'i this year.For
Coach Scott Sandel's team to win, they'll have to play off the crowd and
execute a near-perfect game to beat the heavily favored Rainbow Wahine. Friday is "Catch the Wave" day, with everyone
wearing a Hawaiian shirt or showing a Bronco-Hawaii football game ticket
getting in free.