`Dogs Downed by Rams

Nov. 10, 2012

Box Score

By Theresa Kurtz

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Fresno State volleyball team lost to Colorado State in four sets on Saturday afternoon in Moby Arena. The Bulldogs (16-11, 7-6 MW) won the opening set against the Rams, but couldn't hold on to the momentum as CSU won three-straight sets for the 3-1 win (25-23, 10-25, 25-17, 16-25).

"There's no doubt we've hit a rough streak at a bad time," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "But, I like how we regrouped with a new game plan and played a tight match against a good team at home. We need one more player to step up and we'll be right back on track."

Outside hitter Korrin Wild opened the scoring with a kill for the Bulldogs and led the team with 20 on the afternoon. She hit .293 with an assist and eight digs. Wild served up a quick 3-0 run that included her first ace of the afternoon. A kill just inside the back line from Lauren Albertson extended the `Dogs lead 10-6 over the Rams in the opening set.

"Barbara, Korrin and Maci executed consistently," Netherby-Sewell said. "I like their effort. Once Cecilia settles in her new role, I think she'll do great as our libero. We can't wait to get back at home and play in the Save Mart Center."

A block from Megan Callahan and Albertson gave the Bulldogs even more momentum in the opening set as the `Dogs bench erupted with cheers. Callahan followed by recording a side out a possession later with a kill stopping the Rams run at two unanswered points and the Bulldogs led 12-8. A 10-3 run gave CSU its first lead of the set at 16-15.

A service ace from senior Cecilia Agraz gave the Bulldogs a one-point advantage late in the first set. A service error from Colorado State gave Fresno State a 25-23 first set victory. Marissa Brand, Maci Murdock and Korrin Wild all hit over .500 in the opening set and combined for 12 kills. Murdock hit a team-high .500 for the match with a total of 11 kills. As a team, the Bulldogs hit .316 and recorded 17 kills.

Colorado State jumped ahead 14-5 to start the second set. The Rams increased their lead 19-6 before the `Dogs recorded a side out and started a 4-1 run. CSU won the second set 25-10 tying the match 1-1 heading to the break. Murdock led the Fresno State offense after two sets hitting .714 with five kills. Wild added 10 kills hitting .333 with a service ace in two sets.

In the third set, Wild opened with her second ace of the day. The junior recorded three aces in the match and has a total of 50 on the year. The Bulldogs pulled ahead 5-2, but the Rams tied up the set with a short 3-0 run. The `Dogs gained momentum in the third set taking back the lead 12-9 forcing the Rams head coach to call a time out.

Setter Barbara Alcantara served up her second ace and seventh of the match for the Bulldogs. The service ace extended Fresno State's lead to 20-16 over CSU. The Rams came from behind to win the third set 27-25 taking a 2-1 lead in the match.

Colorado State opened the fourth set with a 6-2 run. The Bulldogs pulled within two points of CSU, but the Rams increased their lead 17-11 with a 6-1 run. The `Dogs late rally was cut short and the Rams won the final set 25-16 winning the match in four sets.

Fresno State finished the match with eight service aces and have a total of 146 on the season. The Bulldogs hit .190 with 51 kills against the Rams. The Bulldogs host UC Irvine on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center. It is one of the final three home matches for the `Dogs in 2012, so don't miss any of the action.

"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.