Bulldogs Begin Second Half on the Road

Oct. 23, 2012

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State volleyball steps out of conference play for another nonconference match against CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 25 a 6 p.m. in Bakersfield, Calif. The Bulldogs head to New Mexico to face the Lobos on Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. beginning the second half of the Mountain West season.

Fresno State vs. CSU Bakersfield
Bulldogs own a 16-4 record against the Roadrunners. The last meeting was on Oct. 18 and the 'Dogs swept CSU Bakersfield in three sets for the second-straight match. Korrin Wild hit a career best .609 against the Roadrunners in the first meeting of the season. This is the final meeting between the two programs in 2012.

Scouting the Roadrunners
CSU Bakersfield is 11-12 on the season and 5-2 on ist home court. The Roadrunners had a 1-2 record last week after defeating Chicago state and falling to the Bulldogs and Utah Valley. Debora Araujo has a team best 4.1 kills per set. She is hitting .190 with 2.1 digs and .72 blocks per set. Fernada Goncalves is hitting a team-high .89 with 63 kills. As a team, the Roadrunners are averaging 12.5 kills, 11.6 assists, 10.7 digs and 2.1 blocks per set.

Fresno State vs. New Mexico
The Bulldogs defeated the Lobos earlier in the season in four sets at the Save Mart Center. Maci Murdock led the team hitting .522 and tied her career-high if 15 kills in the first meeting. Megan Callahan also recorded a career-high 17 kills against UNM in Sept. 27. The Bulldogs evened the overall series 8-8 with their win earlier this season.

Scouting the Lobos
New Mexico is in a three-way tie for second place in the Mountain West standings with Fresno State and San Diego State. The Lobos have a 5-3 conference mark and 18-5 overall. Chantale Riddle leads the team and conference with 4.2 kills per set. She is hitting .251 with 2.4 digs and 1.1 blocks per set. As a team, the Lobos are averaging 12.2 kills, 11.4 assists, 14.3 digs and 2.3 blocks per set.

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 8-5 on the road and 4-2 in neutral territory. Fresno State's next road trip is Oct. 25-27 at CSU Bakersfield and New Mexico.

Fresno State Leading the Pack
After the ninth 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 11.4 assists per set. She has a total of 944 assists on the season. Junior Korrin Wild leads the conference with 0.42 aces per set, a total of 35 on the year. Maci Murdock is hitting a league best .339. Freshman Zana Bowens is eighth with 0.26 aces per set and a total of 20 service aces. Redshirt junior Marissa Brand is second in kills per set with 3.7. Christina Lee is fourth in digs per set averaging 4.3.

Alcantara Sets Up Bulldogs
Senior Barbara Alcantara leads the conference and is 17th in the country with 11.4 assists per set. The setter has a total of 944 sets on the season. Alcantara recorded a career-high 65 assists against Wyoming. The Brazilian native also has 2.3 digs per set.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog volleyball returns to the Save Mart Center on Nov. 1 to face Nevada at 7 p.m. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.