The Boise State Broncos volleyball team is looking to make a big leap forward this season. With six incoming freshman and an array of returning players, the Broncos have the challenge of molding the two units together.
With more players making the roster this season, the Broncos will have multiple options to find players to carry the team.
“We have a bigger team this year with the addition of a transferring senior and six new freshman,” junior outside hitter Alyssa Gammel said. “We need team unity. It should come easy with us having four girls that can play every position very well.”
Sophomore outside hitter Katelyn Kinghorn spent part of her summer overseas in Europe competing in an international tournament. Kinghorn’s experience from the tournament could become a valuable asset for the Broncos.
“I gained a higher intensity while I was overseas,” Kinghorn said. “Our first game is against Washington on August 30. We should do very well as long as we keep the intensity up that coach and myself are trying to bring to
Boise State volleyball head coach Shawn Garus will take on the task of trying to teach intensity to the new Broncos and try to overcome one of his assistant coaches taking a leave of absence for the 2013 season.
“Alisha Young had a baby in the spring,” Coach Garus said. “She had stepped down to part-time as a video coordinator. Brianne Crole who is an alum and an all-conference player will take the position of working with the setters.”
Garus expects the Mountain West Conferene to place Boise State towards the middle of the pack once the conference predictions are released.
“Last year we ended towards the middle so I expect (the Mountain West preseason voters) to place us there to start the season,” Garus said. “The returners are ready to show the conference what they have. They are full of confidence and we are all excited about the new incomers.”
Boise State will begin their season at the Northwest Classic on August 30 as they open up against the University of Washington, before a doubleheader on August 31 against Gonzaga University and Portland State University.
The Broncos’ first six games of the 2013 campaign are on the road, where they posted a record of 7-12 in their 2012 season.
They will make their first appearance at home on Sep. 12 against in-state rival, the University of Idaho Vandals when they host the Courtyard Marriot Bronco Volleyball Classic, September 13-14, at Bronco Gymnasium.