ON THE ROAD: UC Doubleheader on Tap Saturday

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    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    BERKELEY, Calif. -- With a 3-1 victory over the Big East's Seton Hall under their belt to win their opener of the HGI Classic, the Fresno State volleyball team returns to Haas Pavilion today for a double feature against a pair of schools from the University of California system - UC Davis and No. 10 California.

    Last night, the 'Dogs displayed a focused energy on offense and systematically attacked Seton Hall with a tenacious mentality.

    Brand, Marissa
    Parker, Kelli
    Two Bulldogs in their second seasons as Bulldogs stepped up in the four-set win.  Marissa Brand delivered a career-best 19 kills and Kelli Parker led Fresno State on an 8-1 run in a crucial third set comeback to pull away from the Pirates.

    After the match, head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell reflected on the progress of Brand, who has shown she can play a variety of positions for the Bulldogs and her talent is molding into a critical piece of the offense.  Netherby-Sewell also commended Parker for her aggressive service performance, a point of emphasis for the 'Dogs this season, and consistently forced Seton Hall into having a difficult time getting into their offense.

    The keys will again highlight the ability of the team to use their confidence and talent to compete for every point.

    Make sure to "Like" Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@FSAthletics) for updates from Berkeley, Calif.  You can also watch the live statistics of both matches on Gametracker.  Click on the matches listed below to view Gametracker.

    Here is the Bulldogs' schedule for today's matches:

    •   UC Davis 3, Fresno State 0
    In the morning session of the 2010 HGI Classic, Fresno State fell 3-0 to UC Davis on set scores of 14-25, 17-25 and 22-25.

    The Bulldogs came out swinging in set one with junior Kelli Parker scoring the 'Dogs first three points on three kills to help jolt Fresno State to a 10-6 lead.  UC Davis then caught fire with an 11-0 run to send the Aggies ahead 17-10 and secured the three-game sweep led the UCD's Betsy Sedlak, who recorded a .550 hitting percentage with 11 kills on 20 attacks.

    Junior Brianna Clarke continued her steady attacking with a .462 hitting percentage on six kills over 13 attacks.  Kelly Mason dug 17 shots and Marissa Brand added seven kills.

    Fresno State is now 3-4 on the season and dropped to 2-1 at neutral site contests.


    •    4:30 p.m. - Fresno State at No. 10 California


    Here is a quick look at UC Davis:
    •    Big West Conference
    •    Record: 4-3
    •    Key Wins: SMU Doubletree Invitational champion (beat Texas State, Texas Tech and SMU)
    •    Losses: vs. No. 10 Cal vs. Utah State and at Utah
    •    Top attacker: Betsy Sedlak (2.8 kps and .438 hitting % entering the day)
    •    Setter: Jenny Woolway (10.8 aps entering the day)
    •    This was the 14th meeting between Fresno State and UC Davis in volleyball.  The Bulldogs now hold an 8-6 edge.

    Here is a quick look at No. 10 California:
    •    Pacific-10 Conference
    •    Record: 6-0 (Winners of all 18 sets played)
    •    Key Wins: at No. 25 San Diego, vs. UC Davis and vs. UC Santa Barbara
    •    Top attacker: Tarah Murrey (4.67 kps and .404 hitting %)
    •    Setter: Cari Lloyd (11.0 aps)
    •    This will be the 27th meeting between Fresno State and California in volleyball.  The Bears hold a 16-10 advantage in the previous 26 matches.

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