Bulldogs Fall to Rebels in Four Sets

Oct. 19, 2012

Box Score

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team opened the match on fire, but UNLV stole the momentum winning the final three sets to win the match (25-12, 18-25, 22-15, 25-27).

"It was a little bit of a struggle. We came out with a ton of energy and we served and passed so well. We saw how good we can be when we serve and pass well," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "When that broke down, we started having trouble. They beat us in that battle and we are pretty evenly matched teams. I think we have a little more offense but it comes down to passing."

The Bulldogs (13-8, 5-3 MW) move into second place in the Mountain West standings behind the Rebels with the loss.

Junior Korrin Wild recorded her fourth straight double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs. The outside hitter has 11 double-doubles this season. Senior Barbara Alcantara also contributed a double-double with 42 assists and 20 digs. The setter has seven double-doubles in 2012.

Sophomore Maci Murdock hit a team-high .348 with 11 kills and four blocks. The middle blocker also added a service ace and two digs. Murdock leads the conference with an overall hitting percentage of .339.

The Bulldogs began the match with a 4-1 run to take an early lead. A kill from Murdock gave the `Dogs an 8-4 advantage over the Rebels. Alcantara served Fresno State to a 10 point lead in the first set. The Bulldogs were aggressive with their attacks right out of the gate and combined for 18 kills hitting .455 as a team in the opening set.

Wild and Murdock recorded an assisted block for set-point as the Bulldogs won the first set 25-12. Four `Dogs hit over .400 in the opening set. Murdock led the pack hitting .750 with three kills, while junior Megan Callahan added five kills hitting .714. Wild and Marissa Brand also recorded five kills and hit .444.

The Bulldogs owned a 5-2 lead to start the second set and the Rebels cut that lead to one-point. UNLV answered again tying the set 10-10 and then went on a quick 3-0 run taking its first lead of the match. The Rebels went on an 8-0 run taking a 22-14 lead. UNLV evened the match 1-1 after winning the second set 25-18.

After two sets, Callahan and Brand led the team with eight kills each. Murdock and Wild added seven kills apiece in the first two sets. Brand ended the night with a team best 14 kills. She also contributed nine digs and an assisted block.

Callahan tallied a total of 13 kills on the night and two assisted blocks. Molly Pearson came off the bench recorded four kills and hit .286.

The third set was as close as the one before it, the Bulldogs took a 13-11 lead with a short 4-0 run. UNLV came back with a 7-2 run to regain the lead 18-15. The `Dogs scored three unanswered points cutting the Rebels lead to one-point, but UNLV held on to win the third set 25-23.

In the fourth set, the Rebels took an early 5-2 lead. Libero Christina Lee served up a 4-0 run tying the set 6-6. The Bulldogs and Rebels tied up the set four times before UNLV regained the lead 15-12. Wild's 34th service of year tied the set for the fifth time at 15-15.

The Rebels had set-point and Wild dove over press row to dig the ball up and keep the rally alive. The Bulldogs went on to record the side out tying the set 24-24.

"I was just trying to get the ball back on the court," said Wild of her dive over press row. "There can't be any hesitation that late in the game. We kind of put ourselves against the wall so it was either all or nothing."

UNLV outlasted the Bulldogs to win the fourth set 27-25 winning the match. The `Dogs step out of conference play for a nonconference match on Oct. 25 against CSU Bakersfield on the road.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Fresno State volleyball begins the second half of Mountain West play on the road against New Mexico on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.