`Dogs Handle Roadrunners in Three Sets

Oct. 18, 2012

Box Score

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - For the third match in a row junior outside hitter Korrin Wild has been unstoppable for Fresno State volleyball. The native of Kingsburg, Calif. broke a personal best for the third consecutive match en route to the Bulldogs 3-0 sweep over CSU Bakersfield (25-19, 25-23, 25-19).

"It was a good match for us to play heading into the UNLV match tomorrow," said Wild. "We didn't want to overlook CSU Bakersfield because they are always a good team and well coached. We wanted to come out and work on our game and work out the kinks for tomorrow night."

Wild posted a career best .609 hitting percentage against the Roadrunners as the `Dogs improved to 13-7 on the season. She recorded a total of 16 kills and 14 digs on the night. Last week against Colorado State, Wild tied her previous best hitting percentage of .458. A couple days later against Wyoming, she recorded a career-high 31 kills.

"I have to give all the credit to my team," Wild said of her third-straight double-double. "We've been working really hard on our duties and getting the ball to Barbara, so she can set everyone. It's a team effort and I wouldn't be able to do it without them."

Sophomore middle blocker Maci Murdock hit .533 with nine kills and two blocks. She recorded seven of her kills in the final set hitting .778.

Marissa Brand hammered home the first kill of the opening set. The Bulldogs surged ahead with 11-7 lead over the Roadrunners in the first set. CSU Bakersfield won a point after a long rally cutting the `Dogs lead to 16-13. Wild tallied a set-high five kills and hit .833 as the Bulldogs won the first set 25-19.

CSUB began the second set with a 3-1 run taking an early lead. The Bulldogs evened the set 7-7 before pulling ahead with a 13-9 lead. The Runners cut the `Dogs lead to one-point and a huge block from Molly Pearson and Wild recorded the side out for the Bulldogs, who led 23-21. Wild recorded set-point as Fresno State won the second set 25-23 taking a 2-0 lead into intermission.

After two sets, Wild led the pack with 11 kills and 10 digs hitting .667. Wild has 10 double-doubles on the season and recorded one in the last three matches. Pearson added a three blocks in the first two sets.

Fresno State opened the third set with a 7-1 run capped off by an assisted block from Murdock and Megan Callahan. Barbara Alcantara set up Murdock for a big kill in the middle of court as the `Dogs increased their lead to 11-4 over the Roadrunners.

Back-to-back kills from Murdock gave Fresno State an 18-12 advantage as the third set continued. The Roadrunners closed the gap trailing 22-18. The Bulldogs sealed the victory after winning the final set 25-19.

"I liked tonight's game. We kept our sense of urgency tonight and we got the job done and I am really happy with that," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "Tonight's win gives us confidence and consistency of our play. It's to come in and play down or off in matches like this, but instead we came out and took care of business."

The Bulldogs return to the Save Mart Center on Friday, Oct. 19 to battle UNLV for first place in the Mountain West standings.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog volleyball returns to the Save Mart Center on Oct. 19 to face UNLV at 7 p.m. in a battle for first place in the Mountain West standings. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.