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.