Boise State sophomore outside hitter Sierra Nobley returns home this weekend as the Lady Bronco volleyball team takes on Northern Arizona, UC Riverside and host Grand Canyon in Phoenix.
Nobley, a graduate and star at Horizon High School in nearby Scottsdale, Arizona, has led Boise State in kills every match this season. She broke the school record for kills per set last season with 4.08 and ranks third for points (480.5) in a single season. Nobley earned not only Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, but a spot on the All-Mountain West team as well. Nobley also was named American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Honorable Mention and earned Academic All-Mountain West and MW Scholar Athlete for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or above.
Bronco coach Shawn Garus has been impressed with Nobley's improvement in defense. Last week in a key five-set win over North Texas, Nobley recorded a career-high 20 digs to go with 26 kills.
Nobley is off to a roaring start this fall, leading the Broncos with 4.83 kills per set and points (5.25 per set), is third on the team with 70 digs and has 14 assists, 13 blocks and 6 service aces.
Bronco teammate, senior setter Sarah Baugh, is confident that when she gets the ball to Nobley, Sierra will knock it home.
At Horizon, Nobley led her team to four consecutive conference titles and berths in the large-school state tournament, reaching the state championship three times and capturing the championship in 2010 and 2012.
Boise State has matches at 4 p.m. Mountain Time today and tomorrow against NAU and UC Riverside, before meeting Grand Canyon Sunday afternoon at 2.