`Dogs Honored at Annual Banquet

Feb. 14, 2013

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team concluded the 2012 season with its annual end of the year banquet. The coaches honored various student-athletes with program awards.

The first award of the night was the 2012 Captain's Award, which was given to senior Barbara Alcantara and junior Marissa Brand. The Captain Award recognizes the student-athlete that demonstrates what it is to be a leader among the volleyball program, athletic department and in the Fresno community.

Alcantara was selected to the All-Mountain West team in 2012. She appeared in all 120 sets and started all 31 matches as the setter. Alcantara led the conference and was 28th in the nation in assists per set (11.2). She recorded a career-high 65 assists against Wyoming on Oct. 13.

Brand appeared in 30 matches and made 29 starts. She averaged 3.18 kills, 0.15 aces and 2.84 digs per set in 116 sets played. Brand earned first team Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA. She recorded 12 double-double's on the year, which was the second most on the team.

The next award given out by head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell was the Coaches Award to Cecilia Agraz.

Agraz was an integral part of changing and developing the productive culture of Fresno State's Division-I volleyball program. She stood out amongst her peers because of her uncompromising work ethic, integrity, and passion to be the best. These qualities are the building blocks of our program. Her efforts, even at the height of adversity, will have led to the successes of Fresno State Volleyball--forever.

During her final season, Agraz appeared in 71 sets and 27 matches as libero or defensive specialist. She recorded 14 assists (0.2 aps) and 10 aces (0.14 saps) on the year and in her first start at libero, she tallied a career best 20 digs.

The final award went to junior Korrin Wild, who earned the 2012 Fighting Spirit award. The Fighting Spirit Award honors Ruth Kalafer--who demonstrated a remarkable Fighting Spirit in the face of great adversity. Wild earned this honor by understanding the importance and significance of failure, which inspired your spirit to rise up and fight on.

Wild was one of four Bulldogs to play all 120 sets. She started 30-of-31 matches as an outside hitter and for the second year in a row led the team in double-doubles with 14. Wild recorded a career-high 31 kills against Wyoming on Oct. 13 and totaled a team best 407 kills (3.4 kps). She led the team and 12th in the nation in aces per set 0.44 (53 total).

Alcantara was recognized for becoming the first Bulldog volleyball player to earn All-MW honors. Alcantara and Wild were also honored as the first two Bulldogs to volleyball Player of the Week

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