Bulldogs Fall to Wyoming

Nov. 8, 2012

Box Score

By Theresa Kurtz

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Fresno State volleyball team dropped a three set match to Wyoming at the UniWyo Sports Complex on Thursday night. The Bulldogs (16-10, 7-5 MW) lost to the Cowgirls 19-25, 20-25 and 14-25.

"Wyoming played their best match," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "Things just weren't falling our way, but I'm sure proud of our team for their heart and fight. We lost because we didn't execute the game plan."

Sophomore middle blocker Maci Murdock led the team hitting .250 with eight kills and added two blocks. Senior Barbara Alcantara led the team with three blocks.

Junior Korrin Wild added to her Mountain West Conference best mark of aces per set by recording three on the night. She now has 47 on the season and 0.46 per set, which is 14th best in the country. Wild moves into a tie for eighth place in the top 10 season records in total aces on the season.

A solo block from Lauren Albertson kept the opening set even at 2-2. Another block, this time from Murdock, gave the Bulldogs a one-point advantage. The first set was tied 11 times and both teams stayed with one-point of each. The Cowgirls pulled ahead 16-13 in the first set.

The `Dogs went on a quick 3-0 run trailing Wyoming 20-18, but the Cowgirls hung out to win the first set 25-19. Murdock led with four kills and two blocks in the opening set. Albertson hit a set-high .500 and added a block in the first set of the match.

In the second set, Wyoming opened with a 5-1 run taking an early lead. The Cowgirls extended their lead to 12-8 nearly half way through the set. The Bulldogs pulled with three and trailed Wyoming 19-16 late in the second set. Behind the serving of Wild, Fresno State tied up the set 19-19. Her second service ace gave the Bulldogs their first lead 20-19.

Wyoming closed out the set with a 6-0 run to win 25-20 taking a 2-0 lead into intermission. Murdock led the offense hitting .250 with six kills in the first two sets. Wild added a team-high seven kills and two aces after two sets.

The Cowgirls owned a 8-6 lead over the `Dogs in the third set. The Bulldogs got back-to-back blocks from Albertson and Alcantara and trailed 12-9. Wyoming pulled ahead 21-14 with 5-1 run. The Cowgirls won the final set 25-14 with a 6-0 run to win the match.

The Bulldogs head to Ft. Collins on Saturday, Nov. 10 to face Colorado State at noon.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog volleyball returns to the Save Mart Center on Nov. 13 to face UC Irvine at 7 p.m. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.