Equestrian Spotlight: Holly Elsbernd
    Year: Senior
    Position: Equitation Over Fences

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Dr. Fu (Sociology) because he is always so helpful and makes class fun to attend.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    I want to go further in my riding career and would love to get into to any career involving animals.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    My team, they're my family away from home. The team has given me endless opportunities and lessons learned that will help me through out my life.

    How old were you when you first rode a horse and what do you remember about that experience?
    I was 6 months old when my parents first put me on a horse. I don't remember it at all but I do remember always wanting to ride growing up.

    What person would you most like to receive a riding lesson from?
    George Morris, even though he scares me. He's a professional with many great accomplishments who is a big figure in the Hunter Jumper and Equitation world.

    What's your favorite TV show?
    Grey's Anatomy

    Do you own your own horse? Describe him/her.
    I have two horses, Just Plain Blane and Fabiane. Blane I've owned over ten years. He taught me the bond between a rider and horse that was needed to win many first places and champions. He is a 14 year old Bay Thoroughbred with a white heart on his forehead. Fabiane is the love of my life. My parents got me him when I out grew Blane and he took me to the next level of my riding. He is a 12 year old Bay Hanoverian. He makes me laugh any time I'm around him.

    What do you do in your spare time?
    My spare time has lately been dedicated to my school work and studying. But when I'm all finished with that I like to hang out with my teammates and friends.

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Honestly, my whole team is constantly making me laugh. Anytime I'm with them I'm always having a great time.

    Best lesson you have learned from your coach?
    To always have a positive attitude and be there to support my teammates no matter what.

    What's your most prized possession?
    My horses

    What's your favorite meal?
    Anything my mom cooks.

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I'm not as shy as I come off to be.

    Describe your dream vacation?
    On the hot beach somewhere in Hawaii.

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog equestrian rider?
    Being part of a team who shares a common goal and the opportunities it has given me.

    Something everyone should know about being an equestrian rider?
    It's not as easy as we make it look; it takes a lot of hard work, heart and dedication.

    Best moment in your Bulldog Equestrian Career?
    When I won both my points and MVP against Kansas and Auburn all in the same day.

    You know you are an equestrian rider when....
    You cluck at people and things to go faster and yell WHOA at inanimate objects to make them stop.

    By Andy Conli / Fresno State Athletics

    It would be an understatement to say the Fresno State volleyball team has a challenge facing them this Thursday evening at the Save Mart Center. Fresno State (11-14, 5-8 WAC) will go against No. 3 University of Hawai'i (23-1, 12-0 WAC) for the second time this season, dropping the first match in straight sets on the road in Honolulu.

    The Bulldogs are looking for their first victory against the Rainbow Wahine in the 49th meeting between the two conference opponents. No. 3 Hawai'i is the 14-time defending WAC champion and owner of the nation's longest conference winning streak at 37 straight matches.  The Rainbow Wahine have won their last 16 matches in straight sets, including all 12 conference matches, and have a streak of 47 consecutive sets won. The school record was established in 2002 at 54 sets.

    Fresno State will try to off-set Hawaii's firepower with stars like sophomore Marissa Brand and junior Brianna Clarke.  Brand, a native of Cypress, Calif., boasts a double-double in kills and digs in a career-best and WAC leading eleven matches this season. Clarke, named to the 2010 Preseason All-WAC team, owns the second-best hitting percentage at .360 and the third-best blocks per set at 1.28 in the WAC.  

    Come cheer on the Dogs as they battle the Rainbow Wahine Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.

    By Andrew Conli / Fresno State Athletics

    When you hear the words "brain" and "brawn" used in the same sentence, it usually refers to having one over the other. Well, the 2010-11 Fresno State men's basketball team is fortunate to feature those qualities this year in the form of both senior forward Nedeljko Golubovic and sophomore center Greg Smith as the headlining returning players from last year's team.

    Golubovic, a psychology major from Pljevlja, Serbia, is the epitome of "brain" both on and off the court. His detail-oriented and intelligent style of play contributed to his rise as a leader on the team, which culminated in him being named the team's sole captain this year, having shared that duty last season.

    Golubovic has demonstrated in the classroom what it means to be a student-athlete, and his accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. His accolades include three-time Academic All-WAC (2008, 2009 & 2010), two-time CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII (2009 & 2010), four-time President's List (Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, & Spring 2010), and 2009-10 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.  Golubovic's 3.86 grade point average put him in the top 5 GPAs for 2009-10 All-District honorees in the University Division.

    "Ned personifies what we want in a student-athlete," head coach Steve Cleveland said of his team captain. "He has made a commitment to academics and athletics. He provides a great influence for our younger players and represents our program, institution and community well. He had a tough year due to injuries, but he is healthy and we expect a good senior year from him."

    Smith, a 6'10", 250 lbs. center from Fresno, Calif., is looking to improve on his dominate freshman season. Last year, he asserted his force in the low post by finishing third in the WAC  and 12th nationally in field goal percentage (148-257, 57.6%), eighth in the WAC in blocked shots (40) and blocked shots per game (1.21), and ninth in the WAC in offensive rebounds (76) and offensive rebounds per game (2.3). Smith scored at least 20 points in three games, reached double-digits in 20 contests, and recorded a total of four double-doubles.

    Those impressive numbers are the reason why he was honored by the WAC head coaches as the second WAC Freshman of the Year in program history and earned a spot on the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-American Team. This year, Smith has been named first-team Preseason All-WAC by the conference coaches and Preseason All-WAC by the media and Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

    "Greg is a strong athletic low post player," Cleveland said.  "He has great hands and a high basketball IQ.  He's an impact player who can change the game at both ends."

    The Bulldogs and Sunbirds Will Collide in Exhibition Doubleheader

    Come see Golubovic and Smith complement each other on the court along with the rest of the 2010-11 Bulldogs men's basketball team.

    Both the men's and women's teams will be in action Nov. 6 when they take on Fresno Pacific in an exhibition doubleheader at the Save Mart Center. The women's game starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the men's contest.

    To secure your season tickets, you can call The Bulldog Foundation at 559-278-7160 or visit http://www.bulldogfoundation.org.
    Women's Golf Spotlight: Chelsea Czinski
    Year: Senior
    Major: Psychology

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Justin Butchert who teaches Rec 80.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    I would like to get my masters in Sports Psychology and then travel around the world.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    The people, the community, and the athletics.

    How old were you when you first played golf and what do you remember about that experience? :
    I first started playing golf when I was 7 years old. I was in a kids golf camp for a few days at Haggin Oaks Golf Club in Sacramento. I remember how hard it was to hit the golf ball and to grip the golf club.

    What's in your CD player?
    Either Drake or Taylor Swift

    What person would you most like to receive a golf lesson from?
    Tiger Woods

    What do you do in your spare time?
    Relax and watch TV or go shopping

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Krysta Clark

    What's your most prized possession?
    I have no idea.. maybe my two hole in one golf balls or my golf awards from tournaments.

    What's your favorite meal?
    Fettucini Alfredo

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I played the piano for 8 years

    Describe your dream vacation?
    Going to Bora Bora or the Bahamas

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog golf athlete:
    Being able to travel all over to different tournaments and play really nice golf courses.

    Something everyone should know about being a golfer:
    Its 90 percent mental

    Best moment in your Bulldog Golf Career:
    Winning WAC team my Freshman year

    You know you are a golfer when....
    You have awful tan lines
    Equestrian Spotlight: Madison Silver
    Year: Senior
    Position: Western Horsemanship Captain
    Major: Kinesiology

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Mark Baldis (Kinesiology). He makes the class comical while teaching us.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    I am currently applying to Physical Therapy graduate programs all over the country.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    The equestrian team. The team has been a great experience and has taught me so much about life, responsibility and hard work.

    How old were you when you first rode a horse and what do you remember about that experience?
    Do the pony rides count? I really started riding when I was 5 years old. I just remember being the smallest kid with the biggest hair on the tallest horse in the barn.

    What person would you most like to receive a riding lesson from?
    Michael Colvin. He's a very well-known professional and has a lot of experience judging and training throughout his years.

    What's your favorite TV show?
    Definitely Grey's Anatomy. I'm EXTREMELY addicted!

    What do you do in your spare time?
    Right now, my free time consists of filling out grad school applications, but normally I take any extra moment to sleep.

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Shawna McClurg.  She is probably one of the funniest people I know in general. If you ever see her, make sure you ask her to tell you a story. Her animation makes any story hilarious.

    What's your most prized possession?

    Pictures of my family. They mean the world to me.

    What's your favorite meal?
    I love all food. If I had to pick though, it would probably be Mexican food...or Jack in the Box.

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I am the middle of 5 kids.

    Describe your dream vacation?
    Anywhere involving the beach and the sun!

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog equestrian rider?
    The girls on the team, and the opportunity to travel around the country and ride all different kinds of horses.

    Something everyone should know about being an equestrian rider?
    It's hard work, but it's completely worth it.

    Best moment in your Bulldog Equestrian Career?
    Winning two MVP awards in one weekend.

    You know you are an equestrian rider when....
    You don't smell the "horse smell" anymore!

    With college football already in the second half of the season, many websites have been coming out with their projections on what schools will play in the various bowl games at the end of the season.  The Fresno State Bulldogs, with their record of 5-2 and 3-1 in WAC play, are projected by all the experts to represent the WAC in a bowl game, but the specific bowl game and their opponent varies among all of them. Here is a breakdown of the different bowls and the opponents the 'Dogs have been projected to play.

    New Mexico Bowl vs. BYU/Colorado: Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, December 18 @ 11 a.m.

    Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com, College Football News, and Fox Sports project the 'Dogs will make their third straight appearance in the New Mexico Bowl. Fresno State played Colorado State in 2008 and Wyoming in 2009, but both ESPN.com and College Football News believe the Bulldogs will face a different Mountain West opponent this year, the BYU Cougars. The Cougars have a conference record of 2-2 and an overall record of 3-5, with big wins over Washington and San Diego State.  They are currently third in the Mountain West in rushing offense, rushing defense, and sacks. Fresno State is 5-4 all time against BYU.

    Fox Sports predicts the Bulldogs will see Big 12 opponent Colorado in Albuquerque, and the Buffaloes lead the series 4-1 against the 'Dogs. This is Colorado's last year in the Big 12 conference before they make the switch to the Pac 10. The Buffaloes are 3-4 on the season with wins over Colorado State, Hawaii, and Georgia, and they have the second best turnover margin in the entire Big 12.

    uDrove Humanitarian Bowl vs. Ohio: Boise, Idaho, Saturday, December 18 @ 2:30 p.m.

    If Mark Schlabach from ESPN.com is correct, this would be Fresno State's third appearance in the Humanitarian Bowl and their first time ever facing the Ohio Bobcats. In 2007, the 'Dogs defeated Georgia Tech 40-28, and in 2004, they edged out No. 18 Virginia 37-34 in their first appearance.  The Bobcats currently have the best record in the MAC West at 4-1, and they have an overall record of 5-3. Ohio is second in the MAC in rushing offense and 39th in the nation. They are also second in the MAC in total defense.

    Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. UCLA/Notre Dame: San Francisco, California, January 9 @ 6 p.m.

    Previously known as the Emerald Bowl, this would be the Bulldog's first appearance. CBS Sports is picking the UCLA Bruins to face the 'Dogs in San Francisco, and the Bruins lead the overall series 6-2. UCLA has upset wins over No. 23 Houston and No. 7 Texas on their way to a 3-4 record. They rank fourth in the Pac 10 and 22nd in the nation in rushing, and a big reason why is sophomore running back Jonathan Franklin who is 16th in the nation in rushing yards per game. 

    Notre Dame is the choice of Rivals.com to go against the Bulldogs on January 9, and the 'Dogs have never faced the Fighting Irish. The Irish are 4-4 on the season, and they are led by junior quarterback Dayne Crist who is 22nd in the nation in passing and 14th in total passing yards.

    SWIMMING SPOTLIGHT: Brooke Fuller

     Freshman

    Swimming: 200 Free

    Major: Communication

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog swimmer: The team.

    Something no one knows about me: I've been swimming since I was 6 ½.

    Something everyone should know about being a swimmer: It's a challenging but fun sport.

    What do I look forward to most about the new swimming and diving complex: We can walk there.

    Best thing about being a swimmer: Being able to represent Fresno State.

    Best moment being a Bulldog swimmer: Becoming a part of the team.

    You know you are a swimmer when...you smell like chlorine even when you're dry.

    To mark the Centennial, the Bulldog Marching Band will be performing an original composition by one of our alums, written in honor of the occasion.  Master Sgt. John M. Bliss graduated from Fresno State in 1996 with a Master of Music degree.  He studied both conducting and composition, and served as a graduate assistant with the Bulldog Band.  Sgt. Bliss wrote many of the musical arrangements played by the marching band and the Bulldog Beat.  You can still hear several of his charts at every Bulldog volleyball and basketball game.  Upon graduation from Fresno State, Sgt. Bliss joined the musical staff of the United States Air Force Band, from whom he writes original compositions and arrangements.

     

    Centennial Tribute is Sgt. Bliss' musical contribution to the Fresno State Centennial.  It is exactly 100 beats long, in honor of Fresno State's 100 years, and is based around the musical pitches of F (for Fresno) and C (for Centennial).  Following the performance, Sgt. Bliss will be honored at half-time with the presentation of the Norm and Patty Moglia Outstanding Band Alumnus Award.  The award is named in honor of Norm and Patty Moglia, two band alumni from the 1950s who have been generous and enthusiastic supporters of the Bulldog Band throughout the years.  

     

    You can find more information about Master Sergeant Bliss here.  

    Come on out to Fresno State's campus with your friends and family this Saturday, October 16 to enjoy the Centennial Parade, which is one of the many ways Fresno State is celebrating their 100 year anniversary. The parade will start at 3:00pm, and it will follow a route which goes along Barstow and then winds its way through campus.  It will feature nearly 60 student, alumni, and community floats, vintage cars, and even faculty dance routines. Some of the featured entries are the original 1938 "mascot" truck from the Jordan College of Agriculture, a construction feat from the Lyles College of Engineering, and the Henry Madden Library Book Cart Drill Team. There will also be entries from the Fresno State athletic department. These entries include a red convertible chauffeuring members of the 2008 National Championship baseball team while showcasing their championship trophy, a flat bed truck with bales of hay carrying the equestrian team, and the women's basketball team will be walking the route. After the parade, continue the fun at Bulldog Stadium cheering on the 'Dogs as they take on New Mexico State at Bulldog Stadium for the Homecoming Game. Kick off will be at 7:30pm, and if you don't have them yet, you can purchase your tickets here. Don't miss out on all the fun!

    Check out the latest pool progress pictures of the
    new Fresno State swimming and diving complex!

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