Bulldogs Ready For SDSU, Nevada

Oct. 2, 2012

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State volleyball team hits the road for the third week of Mountain West action. The Bulldogs face SDSU for the first time in eight years on Thursday and Nevada on Saturday. The 'Dogs are 3-2 away from the Save Mart Center and 4-2 in neutral territory.

Fresno State vs. San Diego State
The Bulldogs and Aztecs meet for the 32nd time in program history. SDSU leads the series 22-9. The last meeting was in 2004 and the 'Dogs swept the Aztecs in three sets.

Scouting the Aztecs
San Diego State is 9-6 on the season and 1-2 in the Mountain West. The Aztecs opened the 2012 season with a five game winning streak that included a win over then-No. 17 Cal. Summer Nash leads the team with 3.0 kills per set. Emily Harris is hitting .339 with 1.5 kills and 1.2 blocks per set. The Aztecs average 13.4 kills, 13.7 digs and 2.5 blocks per set. SDSU sports a perfect 5-0 home record.

Fresno State vs. Nevada
The Bulldogs and the Wolf Pack are tied 20-20 in the overall series. The 'Dogs evened the series last year with a 3-0 win over Nevada at the Save Mart Center. Like Fresno State, the Wolf Pack joined the Mountain West Conference in 2012 and is competing in their first season as a MW member.

Scouting the Wolf Pack
Nevada is 4-12 in 2012 and 1-2 in league play. The Wolf Pack is 2-3 on their home court. Last week, Nevada lost to Wyoming and Colorado State on the road. Tessa Lea'ea is averaging 3.1 kills per set and hitting .244 for the Wolf Pack. She also leads the team with 1.4 blocks per set. Nevada is averaging 10.9 kills, 12.7 digs and 2.3 blocks per set.

NCAA Releases RPI Scores
The NCAA released its RPI scores after the half of the 2012 volleyball season. The Bull¬dogs have a score of 74, which is their best score since the 2004 season. The RPI score is not official until the end of the season. The 'Dogs have the third best RPI score in the Mountain West behind Colorado State (41) and New Mexico (63).

Fresno State Leading the Pack
After the sixth week of the season, the Bulldogs are among the top 10 in several individual Mountain West statistical categories. Senior Barbara Alcantara leads the conference with 11.3 assists per set. She has a total of 658 assists on the season. Junior Korrin Wild leads the conference with 0.4 aces per set, a total of 23 on the year. Maci Murdock is hitting a league best .348. Freshman Zana Bowens is ninth with 0.3 aces per set and a total of 15 service aces. Redshirt junior Marissa Brand is second in kills per set with 3.8. Christina Lee is fourth in digs per set averaging 4.4.

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