`Dogs Down Sunbirds in Five Sets

Sept. 25, 2012

Final Stats

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team defeated Fresno Pacific in an exhibition match on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs took the Sunbirds to five sets and won 3-2.

The `Dogs won the first set before dropping two-straight to FPU. The Bulldogs rallied to come from behind winning the final two sets earning its first victory over Fresno Pacific.

"It was a great win tonight," said Wild. "They are always a good team, they have had the upper hand at times so it was awesome to battle back. It came down to serving and passing. I think we served tough, and we passed when we needed to get our offense going. That was huge for us."

Outside hitter Korrin Wild recorded a double-double with 19 kills and 15 digs against the Sunbirds. Fresno State recorded 24 blocks with Maci Murdock and Lauren Albertson leading the way with six blocks each. Murdock ended the night hitting a team-high .310 and tallied 13 kills.

"I'm really happy for my local kids, they did such an awesome job coming through for us," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "They were tough and played their game and I'm happy for them because that's a big win. The Sunbirds are always a good team, they are coached well. We knew it'd be exciting. I'm really happy with the way we finished."

The Bulldogs jumped ahead with a 6-2 run aided by blocks from Murdock, Jaimee-Lee Morrow and Albertson in the opening set. The `Dogs aggressive offense continued to attack from both sides of the court and increased their lead 15-7.

The Sunbirds went on a short 4-0 run closing in on the Bulldogs lead and trailed 16-11. Fresno State ended the run and stole the momentum with a 4-0 run of their own as their lead grew to 20-11. Fresno State won the first set, 25-19, to take an early lead in the match. Wild recorded a set-high five kills and Murdock added two blocks.

In the second set, the Bulldogs pulled ahead with earning a 12-7 lead. FPU fought back tying the game at set-point. FPU went ahead 25-24, but a kill from Albertson in the middle of the net tied it back up. The Sunbirds and Bulldogs traded point back and forth until FPUrecorded two consecutive points for a 28-26 victory in the second set.

At intermission, the `Dogs and Sunbirds were tied at 1-1. At the break, Wild led with eight kills and Murdock totaled four blocks. Albertson hit .375 with four kills in the first two sets and finished the night with 13 kills.

"Lauren(Albertson) was awesome, she was unstoppable," explained Netherby-Sewell. "We were telling Barbara to set her every ball, just get her the ball as much as we can. She wanted it, she was tough, she was up and she was ready to fire. We hope to see that every night from Lauren Albertson."

The third set stayed evenly matched, but the Bulldogs pulled ahead with a 9-4 run to lead 19-11. A big blocking from Albertson, Wild and Murdock added to the `Dogs momentum and lead. The Sunbirds slowed Fresno State with a late 7-2 run in the third set cutting the `Dogs lead to 21-18. FPU came from behind to win the third set, 27-25.

The Bulldogs overcame a five-point deficit to tie the set 11-11 in the fourth set. Morrow and Albertson recorded another huge big block giving the `Dogs a one-point advantage. Murdock threw down an electrifying kill for the Bulldogs after a long rally giving the `Dogs a 21-19 lead. Fresno State took the fourth set, 25-20, forcing a deciding fifth set.

The fifth set came down to the wire and the `Dogs took the lead with a 4-0 run and ended the set with a 6-1 run. The Bulldogs secured the match win after beating the Sunbirds, 15-11, in the final set.

The Bulldogs host New Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center for their Mountain West home opener.

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