Boise State looks toward another trip to Kansas City national tournament in April

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Few club teams on Boise State’s campus are given the opportunity to compete on a national level against schools from across the country. Boise State’s club volleyball team has been an exception to the norm.

Last season, the Broncos finished the regular season first in their division but failed to win the Pacific Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (PIVA) Championship. Winning the tournament would have granted the Broncos an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2019 National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) tournament in Denver, Co.

However, relentless fundraising and foresight still allowed Boise State to travel and compete in the 2019 NCVF, where the Broncos won the Division IAAA Copper Bracket title. While the team is grateful for the community’s support in getting them to last season’s national tournament, this year’s goal is to claim the PIVA title and go for free.

Boise state women's volleyball on court.

Photo courtesy of Harley Cope.

“It cost a lot of money to go to nationals,” said team secretary Maya Alvarado. “This year, because there are so many girls on the team, fundraising has become easier. Finishing well enough to go for free would be huge because of all the expenses.”

The PIVA division includes colleges in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, such as Gonzaga, University of Oregon, University of Washington, Montana State and more.

In order to ready themselves for future competition, the Broncos spent the fall and winter traveling throughout the northwest and competing in “tune-up” tournaments. The extra practice will likely help the team succeed come divisional play in 2020.

“Attending as many tournaments as we can and getting some touches on the ball is a big thing outside of practice,” Alvarado said. “We see such good competition in nationals, so seeing a lot of competition before then really helps us.”

Due to the frequency at which the team practices and plays tournaments, many of the women on the team are close friends, with some even living together.

Boise State women's volleyball huddled on the court

Photo courtesy of Harley Cope.

“Last year’s team is not near as close as this year’s team,” said sophomore Aleah Yundt. “We had some cliques on the team last year, and I don’t see that at all with this team. Everyone this year is better friends on and off the court.”

The optimism towards this year’s team has already begun to show on the court.

“We are a very competitive team this year,” said club president Kayla Caton.“Every girl on the team has high school, club and even some with college volleyball experience. The depth and experience are what’s going to help us reach our goals of going to nationals.”

Those wanting to get involved with the women’s volleyball club can contact Caton. The team practices in the Bronco Gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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