Bulldogs Herd Buffaloes in Three Sets
Sept. 1, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. - Seize the moment.
Head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said those three little words before the match and the Fresno State volleyball team did just that by sweeping the Pac-12's Colorado (28-26, 25-21, 25-20) 3-0 to conclude the Omni Hotels Colorado Classic.
The Bulldogs (4-2, 0-0 MW) finished in second place behind Northern Arizona. The `Dogs were 2-1 on the weekend with their only losses coming to the Lumberjacks.
Junior Korrin Wild recorded her first double-double of the season and the third a Bulldog has logged in 2012. She had 12 kills and 11 digs along with two assisted blocks.
Wild served up three-straight points for the `Dogs as they trailed the Buffs 9-7 in the first set. An ace from sophomore Maci Murdock and kill from Marissa Brand tied the set 10-10. A block from junior Megan Callahan and Murdock gave the `Dogs a 1-point advantage and fueled a 5-1 Bulldog run.
In a back and forth battle in the end, the `Dogs won a close first set, 28-26. Wild led the pack with six kills, while Murdock tallied three assisted blocks.
The Bulldogs took control in the second set with an 8-4 lead. The Buffs rallied from behind to tie the set 10-10. The `Dogs and Buffs traded points keeping the set tied 20-20. Then the Bulldogs pulled ahead 24-21 and Murdock recorded an ace for the set-point giving Fresno State the set win, 25-21.
In the second set, Brand added four kills for the `Dogs and Callahan led with seven kills in the set hitting .600 for Fresno State after two sets.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 over Colorado heading into the third set.
Colorado had an 8-3 lead to start the third set, but the Bulldogs came backing tying the set 10-10 with another kill from Brand, she led the team with 14 kills. Murdock came up with a block giving Fresno State a two-point lead, she ended the night with a total of seven assisted blocks.
The third set stayed close until the Bulldogs ran away with a 25-20 win to take the match in three-straight sets. Callahan ended the night hitting a team-high .526 on the right side. She recorded 11 kills in 19 attempts.
Libero Christina Lee had a solid defensive night for the Bulldogs. The sophomore collected a team-high 13 digs and she is averaging 3.6 digs per set.
Murdock and Brand took home all-tournament honors for Fresno State. Netherby-Sewell named the team the Fighting Spirit Award Winner for the week.
The Bulldogs host the Fresno State Classic next week Sept. 7-8 in the Save Mart Center. The `Dogs face Sacramento State to open the tournament at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7.
"Discover Fresno State Volleyball!"-- Catch the action on 790 ESPN The Deuce, which is the flagship radio station for Bulldog Volleyball. The `Dogs home opener is Sept. 7 against Sacramento State at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.