WAC releases its 2011 All-Academic teams for the fall sports; Bulldogs show well in the classroom
Fresno State senior middle blocker Brianna Clarke earned All-WAC Tournament Team honors for helping the Bulldogs to an impressive showing at their final WAC Tournament.
Fresno State delivered a strong effort and forced a rare five-set thriller with No. 3 Hawai'i in the WAC Semifinals.
Fresno State dominated defending tournament champion Utah State in straight sets to earn a semifinal date with No. 3 Hawai'i on Tuesday night.
Fresno State middle blocker Brianna Clarke hopes to leave her name in the record books before walking off the court and looks to her future after graduation.
Last updated: Feb. 14, 2012
2011 (Senior): One of the Western Region's premier middle blockers, she became the second-leading blocker in school history ... named first-team All-WAC to become four-time All-WAC honoree ... also named to All-WAC Tournament and Sacramento State Invitational Teams ... led the team in hitting percentage (.351), total blocks (99), block assists (90), block solos (9), and points (344.0) ... recorded the second-most kills (275) and kills per set (2.51) ... also tallied 19 service aces and 50 digs ... started all 29 matches ... one of four Bulldogs to also play in all 108 sets ... delivered two .700+ hitting efficiency matches, including a .733 clip (12 kills/1 error/15 attacks) in WAC Tournament opening sweep over defending champion Utah State (11/21/11) ... helped spark Fresno State to near upset of Hawai'i in WAC Semifinals with season-best 18 kills (11/22/11) ... tied career-high with nine blocks in five-set thrilling road win at San Jose State (9/29/11) ... posted double-digit kills efforts in 15 matches, including final five of her career ... ranked third in WAC and 43rd nationally in hitting percentage ... ranked tenth in WAC and 240th national in points per match ... helped Fresno State post WAC-best three victories in five-set thrillers ... finished career with 1,047 kills and 436 blocks.
2010 (Junior): While earning her second consecutive second-team All-WAC selection, led the team in hitting percentage (.365), total blocks (137), block assists (114), block solos (23) ... recorded the second-best single-match hitting percentage (minimum 20 attempts) drilled Air Force with kills on 17 of her 23 attacks with no errors for a blistering .739 clip ... nationally, ranked 22nd in blocks per set (1.3) and 35th in hitting percentage (.365) ... recorded a career-best .800 hitting percentage against Utah State on Oct. 30 ... owned the team's top five attack efficiency marks in matches during the season to grab two of the school's top five single match hitting percentage clips ... tied her career-high with nine total blocks in 3-1 road victory at Idaho on Nov. 15 ... played and started in all 28 matches and 105 sets ... also earned 2010 Academic All-WAC honors.
2009 (Sophomore): As a dominant middle blocker, earned her first second-team All-WAC honors to become first Bulldog to earn back-to-back All-WAC postseason honors in five years ... played and started in all 31 matches and 122 sets ... led the team in kills (263), block solos (23), blocks assists (135), total blocks (158), blocks per set (1.30), points (373.5) and blocks per set (3.06) ... posted one of the best blocking season's in school history, ranking in the top 20 in the NCAA all year in blocks per set ... also ranked in the top 10 in the WAC in blocks and hitting percentage ... finished the season with 135 block assists and 158 total blocks, to rank second and third in the Fresno State single-season lists ...also ranks fifth in blocks per set with a 1.30 average ... her 9.0 total blocks vs. CSUB tied a three-set record at Fresno State and her 8.0 blocks at San Jose State on Nov. 19 ranks second ... her .538 hitting percentage at Sacramento State on Sept. 12 is the fourth-best in school history with 20 or more attempts in a single match ... posted a career-high five assists and three blocks solos vs. Idaho on Oct. 10 ... had a career-high eight block assists and nine total blocks vs. Cal State Bakersfield in the first match of the year on Aug. 28 ... had double-digit kills in nine matches and a season-high 20 kills at Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 17 ... had at least 1.0 block in every match and 16 matches with at least one block solo.
2008 (Freshman): Shined as an instant contributor and received recognition on the 2008 All-WAC Freshman team ... also named to the Fresno State Invitational all-tournament team ... recorded the fifth-best mark by a Bulldog freshman with 12 block solos ... second on the team in kills (238), kills per set (2.87), total attempts (720), block solos (12), blocks per set (0.51) and points (278.0) ... posted a season-high 22 kills twice during matches against Boise State on Oct. 2 and Utah State on Oct. 18 ... had 13 matches with double-digit kill performances ... posted a .423 hitting percentage at Green Bay on Sept. 6 with 12 kills on 26 attempts ... had one double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs vs. UC Davis on Aug. 30 ... had three service aces at Idaho on Nov. 15 ... posted 6.0 total blocks including five block solos vs. Arizona on Sept. 13 ... had a season-high 25.0 points vs. Boise State on Oct. 2.
Buchanan HS: Three-year varsity letterwinner in volleyball ... senior year helped lead the team to a 33-8 record and a third place finish at state ... was named to the all-city of Clovis team sophomore through senior years ... MVP of the all-city of Clovis team senior year ... team co-MVP senior year ... Fresno Bee all-star team junior and senior seasons ... Fresno Bee All-Star Player of the Year senior year ... 2007 Tournament of Champions in Santa Barbara all-tournament team ... 2007 Clovis Tournament MVP ... 2007 prepvolleyball.com All-American ... had 110 solo blocks, 47 digs, 340 kills, a .468 hitting percentage, 35 aces and a 95-percent serving efficiency.
Personal: Born July 5, 1990 ... parents are Jehri and Kevin ... has a younger brother Braden and a younger sister Erin ... former teammates Lisa Shilling, Mariah Mandelbaum and Lindsay Foglio all play at Fresno Pacific ... lists hobbies as reading, cooking, spending time outdoors and taking pictures ... favorite athlete is Reid Priddy because he is so inspirational on and off the court and an all around good guy ... lists biggest athletic thrill as winning the CIF Central Section Valley title three years in a row ... admires her parents the most because they just give and give and don't expect much in return ... chose Fresno State because she really liked the idea of giving back to the community that she grew up in and believes that as a local athlete she can reach out to the kids in the community and get them involved ... was also recruited by Notre Dame, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Florida State, Colorado State, Nevada, Hawai'i Pacific, Fresno Pacific, Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis, University of San Diego and Baylor.