`Dogs Working Through Summer

June 7, 2013

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - While school is out for the summer and many are enjoying free time, several members of the Fresno State volleyball team are spending their extra time on the court or in the gym. The 2013 season is just around the corner and the Bulldogs are eager to start and ready to bring a Mountain West championship home to the Valley.

"Summer can be a huge question mark for coaches because we aren't seeing our student-athletes as much as we are used to," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "I have a lot of confidence in our players. They seem eager to get out there and play. I hear that they are out in the community playing against people and in tournaments. It's great to see them so motivated to have a great season."

Spring practices have ended and the `Dogs start fall camp with the coaching staff late in July. Even though the coaches aren't holding practice it hasn't stopped seniors Korrin Wild, Marissa Brand, Lauren Albertson, Holly Franks and junior Christina Lee from playing the game or get ready for the upcoming season.

The Bulldogs started conditioning and are working out on their own playing in grass and beach tournaments. Over the past weekend, the Bulldogs participated in a grass tournament in town hosted by the Fresno Grass Volleyball Association.

"Playing in the FGVA grass tournament was a lot of fun," said Brand. "Playing on the grass is different from playing indoors in that it's only you and your partner. The game is all about strategy and finding the open court. We used our strengths to our advantage. Christina is a great defensive player, and I took control of the net. That's what helped us win. I think it's great that a bunch of us from the team are competing in these tournaments. Not only does it help us get better, but we are representing Fresno State volleyball as well."

Brand and Lee won the Women's Open Gold Division on June 1, while Wild and her partner won the Coed Gold Division on June 2. Albertson and Franks also paired up and competed in the tournament.

"It was great playing with Marissa and winning our first outdoor tournament together," Lee said. "Playing outdoors always increases our reading skills on defense. A lot of players try to be tricky on the court, so we have to be ready for anything that comes our way. I'm looking forward to transferring these skills to indoor play and the upcoming season."

The Bulldogs are enjoying spending their summer on the court and will continue to play in tournaments throughout California.

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