Bulldogs Soar Past Falcons

Nov. 21, 2012

Box Score

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team took care of business Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center after defeating Air Force in three-straight sets. The Bulldogs (17-13, 8-7 MW) saw a balanced attack on offense in their 17th win of the season. Four `Dogs recorded eight or more kills in the match.

"We asked the players to step and told them that we needed them for the rest of the season," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "They all did that. Megan came back and was a big help. She was a key for us and got it done tonight. Our middles did well too, so we didn't have to rely so heavily on our outsides."

The first two sets started out close, but the Bulldogs won both in convincing fashion by nine or more points. The `Dogs owned a six-point lead for most of the final set.

"We made a couple of adjustments in the last few days and gave the team something to get fired up about," said Netherby-Sewell said. "They executed those things really well, which helped us get back on track. What we did well was grinding it out, which is our new phrase."

Korrin Wild tallied a team best 10 kills. Megan Callahan added nine kills, while middle blockers Lauren Albertson and Maci Murdock contributed eight kills each. The Bulldogs hit .275 against the Falcons with a total of 43 kills.

The opening set remained tight until Fresno State broke away with a 6-0 run taking a 17-11 lead. The Bulldogs have won the first set in 18 matches this season. The `Dogs closed out the first set with an 8-3 run to win 25-14. The Bulldogs attack was spread out evenly with six recording two or more kills in the opening set.

The second set started out like the first with both teams looking to take control. The Bulldogs took a slight lead 10-7 half way through the set. A kill from Albertson sent the `Dogs on 5-1 run earning a 5-point advantage over Air Force. Wild recorded a kill with the assist from Barbara Alcantara to increase the `Dogs lead 19-14. Fresno State finished the second set with an 8-3 run to win 25-16 and took a 3-0 lead into intermission.

Wild led the team with seven kills after the first two sets, five of which were recorded in the second set alone. The outside hitter is averaging 3.4 kills per season this season. Alcantara led the team hitting .667 adding four kills of her own in the first two sets.

Callahan opened the third set with a kill from the right side, which started a 5-1 run for the Bulldogs. The `Dogs extend their lead to 11-5 over the Falcons with strong offensive efforts from Wild, Callahan and Murdock. A block from Alcantara and Albertson kept the momentum with Fresno State half way through the third set.

Late in the third set, Wild served up her second ace of the night. The junior has 53 aces on the year and is 12th in the country in aces per set with 0.46. Wild is also among the Bulldogs top 10 season records and top 10 career records for aces.

The Bulldogs were ahead 18-7, but the Falcons fought back with a 5-0 run cutting the `Dogs lead to six points. Fresno State halted Air Force's come back with a 4-1 run to win 25-18.

Fresno State closes out the 2012 season with Senior Night on Nov. 23 against Boise State at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog volleyball hosts Boise State on Nov. 23 for their final home match of the 2012 season. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.