Bulldog Volleyball Set for Mountain West Debut

Sept. 18, 2012

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. The Fresno State volleyball team is set to make its debut in the Mountain West Conference this week. The Bulldogs open the new conference season against Boise State and Air Force on the road. Volleyball is the first Bulldog program to begin MW action. The 'Dogs have faced every MW program in previous seasons.

Fresno State vs. Boise State
The Bulldogs and Broncos face off for the 24th time in program history. The `Dogs own a 17-7 overall series record against the Broncos. The last meeting was in 2010 and the 'Dogs defeated Boise State in five sets.

Scouting the Broncos
Boise State is 7-7 heading into its first conference match of the year. The Broncos had a five match winning streak from Sept. 1 to Sept. 8. BSU is averaging 13.8 kills per set and hitting .237 with 1.9 blocks per set. Alyssa Gammel leads the team with 189 kills averaging 3.7 per set. She is also averaging a team best 2.8 digs per set. Brittany Reardon is hitting a team-high .351 with 91 kills on the year.

Fresno State vs. Air Force
The Bulldogs and Falcons meet for the fifth time in program history. The last meeting was in 2010 and the 'Dogs won 3-1. The first meeting took place in 1995 and Fresno State won in three sets. The Bulldogs lead the series 4-0.

Scouting the Falcons
Air Force wraps up its non-conference slate with a 5-8 mark. The Falcons have won two of their past three matches. As a team, Air Force is averaging 12.0 kills per set and hitting .166. The Falcons have tallied 1.8 blocks and 1.4 digs per set. Cami Richan leads the offense with 3.4 kills per set and a total of 163 this season. She is hitting .178 and amassed 174 points for the Falcons. Hillary Keltner is hitting a team-high .312 with 53 kills and averaging 2.6 digs per set.

Looking Back at 2012 Non-Conference Play
The Bulldogs finished the non-conference slate with a 7-5 record and finished in second place in three of four tournaments. The 'Dogs earned key victories over the Pac-12's Colorado and UC Santa Barbara, a dominate volleyball program on the west coast.

Netherby-Sewell Coming Up on 100th Career Win
Fresno State volleyball head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is one win away from her 100th career win. Her head coaching career began in 2006 at Hofstra. Netherby-Sewell has led the Bulldogs since 2008.

Road Warriors in 2012
The Bulldogs played their first six matches of the 2012 season on the road and will play a total of 18 matches away from the Save Mart Center. The 'Dogs are 6-3 on the road and 3-3 in neutral territory. Fresno State's next road trip is Sept. 20-22 at Boise State and Air Force.

Bulldog Non-Conference All-Tournament Teams
The Bulldogs had seven student-athletes earned all-tournament honors during non-conference play. Senior Barbara Alcantara was named to the Fresno State Classic All-Tournament team. Maci Murdock earned all-tournament honors at the UTEP Invite and Colorado Invite. Korrin Wild garnered all-tournament honors at the UTEP tournament, while Marissa Brand received all-tournament recognition at the Colorado and San Diego Invites. Finally, Christina Lee also earned all-tournament honors at the San Diego Invite.

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