Bulldogs Sweep Cornell

Aug. 31, 2012

Box Score

BOULDER, Colo. - The Fresno State volleyball team overcame a slow start to sweep Cornell (25-17, 25-18, 25-22) in its first game of the Omni Hotels Colorado Tournament hosted by University of Colorado.

The Bulldogs (3-1, 0-0 MW) won their second-straight match sweeping the opponents 3-0. Last weekend, the `Dogs ended with a 3-0 win over Idaho State. Fresno State has won six consecutive sets and only lost a total of 5-of-14 sets so far in 2012.

Redshirt junior Marissa Brand logged the first double-double of the season for the `Dogs after recording 13 kills and 13 digs. The outside hitter has a total of 18th double-doubles in her career.

Junior Megann Callahan hit a team-high .545 on the right side converting 7-of-11 attacking attempts. Sophomore Maci Murdock also hit .500 with eight kills in 14 attempts.

The first set stayed close and was tied at 15-15. The `Dogs went on 6-0 run behind the serving of senior Barbara Alcantara to take a 21-16 lead in the first set. Murdock recorded her first kill of the match to earn set-point for the Bulldogs and Fresno State won set one 25-17.

A kill from Molly Pearson gave the `Dogs a three-point lead in the second set. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 19-13 over Cornell with a service ace from Marissa Brand.

The Bulldogs won the second set, 25-18, over the Big Red.

Callahan opened the third set with a kill in the middle of court. The Bulldogs started the set with a 6-1 run. The `Dogs increased their lead, 13-7, over the Big Red.

Cornell came back within two points of the Bulldogs midway through the third set. Another kill from Callahan and a block from Pearson gave the `Dogs a 22-21 leads late in the third set.

The Bulldogs won the match-point with Korrin Wild's eighth kill of the match winning the third set, 25-22.

The Bulldogs continue tournament play against Northern Arizona University at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Remember to wear your Bulldog red on Aug. 31 for College Colors Day to support your Fresno State Bulldogs. The `Dogs host Sacramento State on Sept. 7 in their home opener of the 2012 season.