WHAT’S NEXT: After the fall season has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Broncos will finally compete against other than their teammates this week as they open the season on the streets in San Jose state. The schedule is for Boise State to play the Spartans twice at SJSU this week. However, due to the pandemic, the games will be played on Wednesdays and Thursdays from the San Jose State Campus of Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont, California, with first serves at 12 noon (MT) each day.
FOLLOW THE PROMOTION: There are COVID-19 security measures in place in San Jose that forced the contests to be relocated. That means no fans will be allowed to play this week’s games against the state of San Jose. The only way to follow this week’s action is by clicking the “Live Scoring” and / or “Live Stream” links listed above, or checking the volleyball schedule on BroncoSports.com and clicking the appropriate buttons / links ( s) for the particular game you want to follow.
ABBREVIATED SCHEDULE FORMAT: As a result of the pandemic, the Mountain West Conference switched to a conference schedule with just 16 games this spring. The format stipulates that teams play against the same opponent twice in the first six weeks and once against the remaining four MW schools in the last three weeks up to April 3. As a result, the Broncos and Spartans will face each other twice this week, followed by two home games against Utah State February 12-13 and Wyoming February 19-20.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE: During the 2019 season, the Spartans went 10:19 in the overall standings and 5:13 in the league. They are under the direction of head coach Trent Kersten and his staff in their freshman year. The Spartans give back three starters and the Libero as well as six letter winners from last season. In addition, they have added six newcomers to the list.
SCOUTING BOISE STATE: The Broncos finished fourth in 2019 with 18-12 in the overall standings and 10-8 in the conference, they also rose to the NIVC. Boise State is in its 12th season under head coach Shawn Garus, who went at the top of the program 196-144 for a total of 304-263 in his career. The blues and oranges give back five starters and the Libero as well as eleven members of the squad in 2019. In addition to the eleven returnees, Boise State added four new recruits to this year’s team.
MW PRESEASON POLL: The Mountain West Preseason Coaches’ poll predicted Boise State will be fourth and San Jose State ninth out of eleven teams.
BOISE STATE Vs. SAN JOSE STATE SERIES: This rivalry dates back to the Western Athletic Conference, of which the two programs were once members. They met 37 times before this weekend, with Boise State having a narrow 19:18 lead in the series – including an 8-8 mark in the state of San Jose – and a 17:16 lead in league fixtures. The Broncos won both games in 2019 3-1 at home and 3-0 in San Jose.
BOISE STATE IN SEASON OPENING: Boise State has had 21 to 20 season openings since the 1979 season. The Broncos lost the 2019 opener at BYU No. 9 (3-0) to achieve a winning streak of four games in the opening games. You are 9-5 anytime opening at home and 12-15 anytime opening on the street (away and neutral). The Broncos are 4-7 in openers under head coach Shawn Garus.
BOISE STATE IN CONFERENCE OPENERS: The Blue and Orange won the 2019 conference kick-off in the state of Utah, moving to 4-5 MW openings, 2-4 on the go, and 2-1 at home for the first nine years of membership. Since the 1980 season, Boise State has been on the road frequently, starting the conference game by 30 to 11, again this year. During this time frame, the Broncos are 27-13 in conference openings, 10-2 at home, and 17-11.
OHLINGER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MW: Boise State sophomore, Lauren Ohlinger, was named to the preseason All-Mountain West team. She was one of eight student athletes and only Bronco was selected for the team by the league’s coaches. The Arizona native was the MW Newbie of 2019 after leading Boise State ninth and tenth in the league with 329 kills and 395.0 points, averaging 2.96 kills per set at team level – 10 . in the MW.
BOISE STATE RETURN THREE POSTSEASON HONOREES: The Broncos are giving back three of their four MW award winners for the 2019 postseason this spring. Back at the Broncos is Jessica Donahue, who was All-MW, Danielle Boss received the All-MW Honorable Mention, while Ohlinger was MW Newbie of the Year. The only award winner who didn’t come back after graduating last May is Janell Walley, who was all-MW three times.
BRONCOS LOOKING FOR DEBUT PERFORMANCES: Boise State has a number of student-athletes who could potentially make their career debut in San Jose State this week. Among the group of six are two redshirt newbies in Annie Kaminski (6-1, outside hitter) and Elena Howe (6-2, right hitter). These two include four real newbies: Kayly Pau (6-4, outside hitter), Chey Jones (6-4, outside hitter), Ashley Hayden (5-10, setter) and Jolei Akima (5-5, libero / defensive specialist).
EIGHTH BOSS FOR ASSISTANTS: Danielle Boss starts the season in eighth place in program history for career assistants with 1,630. In 2019, she had 1,113 for the second year – the fifth highest ever.
DONAHUE ANCHORS THE BLUE WALL: Jessica Donahue starts the season at 298 in fourth place in program history for career blocks. The junior reached 163 points in 2019, the second highest ever and six minutes before the school record. The 163 blocks also led the MW and ranked 11th nationwide.