Bulldog Volleyball returned to the floor at the Save Mart Center Saturday afternoon in their first match day two of the Fresno State Invitational in a head on, seesaw battle against the Hornets of Sacramento State. After competing in five sets of highly competitive play, the Dogs came back with a fighting spirit and beat the Hornets, 3-2. 

    The Dogs and Hornets alternated sets, with Sac State capturing the win in the first, 25-14.  Fresno State blasted onto the scene with aggressive play in the second set, getting a quick 25-13 set win. 

    Then the Hornets came back with a fight in the third to a 25-11 set win.  But the Bulldogs weren't ready to give up, and brought the match to a 2-2 tie at the end of the fourth set, 25-12, sending the Dogs into a fifth set battle that ended with a 15-13 Fresno State set win, and 3-2 match victory over the Hornets.

    Next up for the Dogs is their second and final match of the Fresno State Invitational this evening at 7 p.m. PT against Cal State Bakersfield.

     Senior quarterback Ryan Colburn leads the WAC and ranks second in the NCAA in passing efficiency 208.1. Northwestern's Dan Persa leads the nation at 212.35. Colburn opened his senior season with an impressive performance that included matching his career- high with four touchdown passes. He connected with four different receivers for the scores in the game.

     

    Colburn is the latest in a long line of great quarterbacks to wear the Bulldog jersey. Entering his second year as the starting quarterback, Colburn has been named to the Manning and Unitas Award watch lists. In 2009, Colburn was ranked No. 20 in the NCAA in passing efficiency last season (143.71).

     

    He has thrown 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions over his last 10 games dating back 2009. Colburn directed an offense that ranked No. 14 in the NCAA in scoring (33.85) and 17th in total offense (430.54).

     

    Fresno State is well known for producing top notch quarterbacks. Some the best to come out of Fresno include, Kevin Sweeney, Mark Barsotti, Billy Volek, David Carr, Trent Dilfer, Paul Pinegar and Tom Brandstater.

     

    Volek (San Diego Chargers), Carr (San Francisco 49ers) and Brandstater (New York Giants) are still playing in the NFL. Dilfer currently works for ESPN as a football analysts and recently was at Bulldog Stadium as a part of the broadcast.

    The Fresno State football team is within inches or votes of reaching the Top 25 in the AP Poll. The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 27 with 48 votes after the first two weeks of the 2010 football season. It was the 'Dogs huge win over two-time defending Big East Champion Cincinnati that caught the eye of many around the nation.

    During preseason the 'Dogs were not receiving votes, but after their impressive 28-14 win over Cincinnati people started to notice the Bulldogs. In the first week of polling Fresno State received 24 votes and now after the second week the Bulldogs are No. 27. The Bulldogs were down 14-0 with a little over two minutes left in the first half, before the 'Dogs went on 28-0 run snapping the Bearcats 18-game regular season winning streak.

    The last time that Fresno State was in the Top 25 was the beginning of the 2008 season. The Bulldogs spent three weeks in the Top 25 and climbed as high as No. 21 country.

    It's almost that time of year again for the Save Mart Center to fill with passionate basketball fans.  The men's basketball team starts their regular season campaign during Fresno State's Centennial academic year on Wednesday, Nov. 17 against Vanguard at 8 p.m.

     

    The 'Dogs have been working hard all summer in the weight room and the gym.  They are more than ready to tip off at home in front of all their fans.

     

    Last season the 'Dogs recorded a 12-5 record during their home games, which tied for the second most wins in the arena's history.  They are 77-38 overall in games played at the Save Mart Center.  The team is ready to continue to their impressive winning record at home and encourage all Bulldog fans to get their season tickets early and get ready to fill the seats with Bulldog Spirit. 

     

    The Bulldog's home court is located on the South East corner of campus and can hold as many as 15,596 fans.

     

    This season the men's basketball team is scheduled for 16 home games.  Seven of those contests will be Bulldog doubleheaders and will fill the Save Mart Center with double the action.  This means that the men's and women's basketball team will be playing home games on the same night at the Save Mart Center.  On these nights, the women's team will tip off at 6 p.m. and the men's game will start around 8 p.m. 

     

    Head coach Steve Cleveland is returning for his sixth season with the Bulldogs this year.  In Cleveland's second year with Fresno State he led the 'Dogs to a 22-10 record which was the most wins for the Bulldogs since the 1995-96 season.

     

    Returning to the court this season are fan favorites: senior Nedeljko Golubovic, junior Steven Shepp and sophomores Jerry Brown Garrett Johnson and 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year Greg Smith.

     

    Junior Jonathan Wills, who joined the team last season, but had to redshirt as a transfer from New Mexico, will compete for immediate playing time in his first season on the floor and sophomore Justin Johnson is working to return from a knee injury.

     

    The newcomers who will be wearing the Bulldog uniform this season are: Bracken Funk, Tyler Johnson, Kevin Olekaibe, John Ryan, and Tim Steed.  Two more additions have joined the team and will be announced in the near future.

     

    Last season, Smith scored 230 points at home, just 20 less than new NBA draft star Paul George tallied in his final year as a Bulldog in 2009-10.  Smith practiced hard all summer and expects to be bigger and better this year.

     

    The Bulldogs have a great mix of veterans and fresh faces on the team with the potential to make a huge statement this year.  The hard work during the end of summer training camp and fall sessions have led to high anticipation for the home opening game night. 

     

    The basketball team is ready to shine this year at each one of their 16 home games and you do not want to miss out on any of the action.  Season tickets are available through the Bulldog Foundation by calling 559-278-7160.

     

    CLEVELAND IN THE SAVE MART CENTER

     

    Year

    Record

    2005-06

    12-2

    2006-07

    15-3

    2007-08

    11-6

    2008-09

    9-8

    2009-10

    12-5

    TOTAL

    59-24

    The Western Athletic Conference released the following earlier this week before the kickoff of the 2010 WAC football season.

     

    Prior to its Saturday debut at 6 p.m. MST with a Fresno State at Utah State football showdown, an additional six television affiliates are confirmed for the WAC Sports Network.

     

    A total of 24 affiliates in 16 markets now comprise the WAC Sports Network (WSN).  The Western Athletic Conference and its multimedia rights partner Learfield Sports announced the launch of the Network last month, and since have announced three initial games and a seven-member football broadcast team. 

     

    The WSN's additional coverage is comprised of affiliates in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, St. George, UT and Comcast Hometown Channel, which has significant penetration into California.

     

    Leading WSN as football play-by-play announcers will be Dave Harbison and Guy Haberman, with Dick Tomey and Joe Glenn serving as color commentators.  Sideline reporters are Lauren Mickler and Jenny Cavnar, with Ralph Gaston as color and sideline.

     

     

    Last Friday the Fresno State women's soccer team held its second free clinic to youth soccer players. Over 200 youth soccer players from across the Valley attended one of two sessions. The clinic was such a success that we received this from the Toy Family.

    We just wanted to take a moment and say Thank you so much!!! My kids had super time at your Soccer Clinic last Friday. The Women's Soccer Team was absolutely fabulous the way they handled all of the kids.  The clinic was fantastic and we were blessed to be a part of it.

     

    Thanks again,

    The Toy Family

     

    The Bulldogs host UC Irvine on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium. Admission is free to all! Check out Gobulldogs.com to see when more Fresno State soccer clinics and camps will be held.

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    Greetings loyal readers!  Before beginning any of my normal rants on life, telling anecdotal tidbits on foreign countries, or quoting song lyrics from the 80's, I am humbled to issue a SINCERE thank you!!!  Por que you may ask???  I have recently been informed by the person directly responsible for the creation of this blog, Women's Basketball Sports Information Director Steve Schaack, that we currently have the honor of being the most read blog on gobulldogs.com! 

    As I ponder how long it will take the committee from Nobel to take notice and bestow deserving trophies and accolades, I am saddened by the recent news that Steve Schaack, the aforementioned innovator of "Just Being Frank" will be departing Fresno State for an Assistant Athletic Director position at Idaho State.  Steve and his family have been a blessing to our program and we will miss them immensely!  We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you on the road in Boise and Logan!

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    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    Steve Cleveland returned to his hometown of Fresno, Calif. in 2005 to resurrect the Bulldog men's basketball program.  Fresno State is an institution that serves as the pride of the San Joaquin Valley and Cleveland's leadership ability has helped deliver a culture committed to academic excellence and compliance with the talent for lasting success on the hardwood.

    When the 'Dogs tip off the 2010-11 season in sixty days at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, it will mark the sixth season and Day 2,043 of the Cleveland Era.  The evening will serve as a launching pad for the next stage of the "Built to Last" philosophy developed by Cleveland with a focus on securing a solid foundation for the present and future.

    The incredible journey of the past five seasons has featured significant accomplishments, including these five key highlights:

    • Cleveland directed the nation's largest Academic Progress Rate (APR) improvement and lifted the Bulldogs to a score of 928 in this spring's release of 2008-09 figures and the graduation of a program-record number of student-athletes over a one year period from 2008 to 2009.  

    • Two Bulldogs (Paul George and Dominic McGuire) were picked in the NBA Draft.  George became the highest selection in program history when the Indiana Pacers used the No. 10 overall pick in this past June's draft on the entertaining and talented small forward from Palmdale, Calif.  The Washington Wizards drafted McGuire in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft.

    • The classroom performance of Nedeljko Golubovic, a psychology major, was recognized twice as a prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.

    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.

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    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

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    The Bulldog volleyball team's challenging non-conference schedule continues this weekend when Fresno State visits the campus of the University of California for the 2010 Hilton Garden Inn Classic

    The 'Dogs will meet the Big East's Seton Hall at 4:30 p.m. today along with No. 10 California and UC Davis tomorrow in Haas Pavilion.

    Fresno State, under the leadership of third-year head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell, embraces every opportunity to compete against the top tier programs to establish her expectation of competing at the highest level and fostering the growth and development of a young and talented roster.

    Before the 2010 season, the Western Athletic Conference coaches showed their respect for the Bulldogs by picking Fresno State to finish third in the conference.

    The HGI Classic is the final road tournament of the season for the 'Dogs with each opponent providing Fresno State a chance to build for the upcoming conference slate of games.

    Here is a quick look at Seton Hall:
    •    Big East Conference
    •    Record: 2-4
    •    Key Wins: at William & Mary, vs Colgate
    •    Other Notable Matches So Far: at No. 1 Penn State (L, 3-0), vs Wisconsin (L, 3-0), vs. Winthrop (L, 3-2)
    •    Top attacker: Sarah Osmun (4.32 kps and six service aces)
    •    Setter: Olivia Trudeau (7.9 aps)
    •    Libero: Alyssa Warren (5.1 dps)
    •    This will be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Pirates.