`Dogs Close Out 2012 with Falcons, Broncos

Nov. 20, 2012

By Theresa Kurtz

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team closes out the 2012 season against Air Force and Boise State with home court advantage at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs host the Falcons on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. and the Broncos on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.

Fresno State vs. Air Force
The Falcons defeated the Bulldogs in four sets on the road earlier this season. Fresno State leads the overall series, which began in 1995, 4-1.

Scouting the Falcons
Air Force is in eighth place in the Mountain West standings with a 3-11 conference mark and overall record of 9-19. The Falcons are coming off a 0-2 homestand losing to Wyoming and Colorado State. Cami Richan leads the team with 3.0 kills per set. Hilary Keltner is hitting a team best .257 with 1.1 kills and 2.5 digs per set. The Falcons are averaging 12.0 kills, 13.3 digs and 1.8 blocks per set. Defensively, Maiya Peirch is averaging 4.4 digs per set.

Fresno State vs. Boise State
The Bulldogs won a five set thriller in Boise, Idaho earlier this year to start off the new conference with a win. The 'Dogs have an 18-7 record against the Broncos and have defeated Boise State in the last two meetings in five sets.

Scouting the Broncos
Boise State is currently tied with the Fresno State and New Mexico for fourth place with 7-7 Mountain West records. The Broncos have an overall mark of 16-14. The Broncos are coming of a 1-1 week recording a win over Wyoming and a loss to Colorado State. BSU has won five of it's last seven matches heading into the final week of MW action. Liz Harden leads the Broncos offense with 3.4 kills per set and hitting .270. She also tallied 0.8 digs and 0.5 blocks per set. Defensively, Kersti Whitney is averaging 4.23 digs per set.

Senior Salute
The Bulldogs honor two seniors on Friday, Nov. 23. Barbara Alcantara and Cecilia Agraz play in their final match at the Save Mart Center. Agraz was the first recruit Lauren Netherby-Sewell brought into the Bulldog program. She also made program history by being named the first volleyball Academic All-American. Alcantara spent two seasons as the 'Dogs setter and leads the conference with 11.3 assists per set.

Fresno State Leading the Pack
After the 13th 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 1,266 assists on the season. She is also seventh in aces per set with 0.25. Junior Korrin Wild leads the conference with 0.46 aces per set, a total of 51 on the year. She is also fifth in the league with 3.4 kills per set. Maci Murdock is hitting .325, which is third best in the conference. Redshirt junior Marissa Brand is seventh in kills per set with 3.3. Christina Lee is sixth in digs per set averaging 4.0.

Wild Serving Up Aces
Junior Korrin Wild leads the conference and is 12th in the nation in aces per set with 0.46. The outside hitter broke into the top 10 season records at seventh place with 51 on the year. Wild has a total of 102 service aces in her career and needs one more to break into the top 10 career records. She recorded a career-high five aces earlier this season against UTEP.

Alcantara Sets Up Bulldogs
Senior Barbara Alcantara leads the conference and is 24th in the country with 11.3 assists per set. The setter has a total of 1,266 sets on the season. Alcantara recorded a career-high 65 assists against Wyoming. The Brazilian native also has 2.1 digs per set.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog volleyball returns to the Save Mart Center on Nov. 21 to face Air Force at 7 p.m. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.