The Fresno State volleyball team (6-18, 1-9) takes the road once again to continue their second half of the Mountain West Conference slate playing San Jose State (3-20, 0-10) this Thursday, Oct. 30 and UNLV (19-5, 7-2) on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Senior middle blocker Maci Murdock tied her career high in kills (15) in second straight win over Fresno Pacific .
The balanced offense and defense each sport four players in double-digits in kills and digs vs. New Hampshire.
The balanced Fresno State offense features three players in kill double-figures.
Seniors Maci Murdock and Katie Pearson join frosh Lauren Torres to give the 'Dogs a strong interior presence at the net.
Fresno State Volleyball vs Fresno Pacific, Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif., 9/23/14. Photos by Keith Kountz, Copyright 2014.
Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/6/14, at Sacramento State Invitational (By Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014).
Volleyball at Sacramento State, 9/5/14 - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
Volleyball vs. UC Davis - Adidas Rice Invitational (8/30/14), Houston, Texas. Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
Travel Journal: Maci Murdock & MW VB All-Star Team - European Global Challenge. Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, July 2014.
Last updated: January 14, 2014
FRESNO STATE ACCOLADES:
Fresno State Classic All-Tournament Team (2013)
MW Player of the Week (2013)
Academic All-MW (2013)
UTEP All-Tournament Team (2012)
Colorado All-Tournament Team (2012)
All-WAC Freshman Team (2011)
2014 (SENIOR):The senior returned to start in all 24 matches she played in... season-wise she led the squad in blocks per set (0.75 p/s), and ended the fall ranked in the top 10 all-time for the 'Dogs in career hitting (fourth, .303), block assists (second, 326) and total blocks (sixth, 360) ... logged a season and career high 16 kills vs. New Mexico (.517) which was also a season high for hitting percentage... she also earned another .500+ percentage against New Hampshire in September hitting (.500)... altogether she logged 10 games where she earned 10+ kills this season, Louisiana-Lafayette (11), UC Davis (12), New Hampshire (14), Nevada (15), San Jose State (13), Wyoming (11), Boise State (10), Utah State (10), Air Force (13) and New Mexico (16)....led the team in blocks in a team-best 17 matches... posted her season solo block high (2) in four sets vs. Louisiana-Lafayette... finished with a total of 62 block assists on the season and seven solo blocks for a total of 69 blocks in 92 sets.
2013 (JUNIOR): Continued her emergence as one of the Mountain West Conference's top offensive threats, and ranked first on the team, eighth in the MW and 69th nationally with a .350 hitting mark (that also ranked third in school history) ... one of two 32-match starters on the season, was the lone Bulldog to play all 122 sets ... season-wise led the squad in blocks per set (0.90 p/s), and ended the fall ranked top-10 all-time for the 'Dogs in career hitting (first, .329), block assists (eighth, 264) and total blocks (ninth, 291) ... enjoyed an amazing stretch in the middle of the MW slate when she logged a five-match, 60-attempt error-less string and led the conference much of the conference season in hitting ... logged a season high 14 kills vs. Boise State (.571) and was one kill shy of her career high, and her 11th double-digit kill total of the season ... in early October, she picked up her first MW Player of the Week honor after she logged her first .700 totals of the year vs. Nevada (.750, 6 kills) and SJSU (.727, 8 kills) and her three-set season high in blocks (6) vs. the Spartans ... altogether on the year, she posted eight +.600 totals with others at Nevada (.692, 10 kills), vs. Rice (.667, 10 kills), UNLV (.636, 7 kills), New Mexico (.632, 6 blocks), Santa Clara (.600, 10 kills), and CSU Bakersfield (.600, 6 kills) among her 17 +.300 marks ... in early September, she received Fresno State Classic all-tourney honors for her play vs. Belmont (11 kills, 6 blocks, .375), CSUB (.600, 6 kills) and No. 20 Oregon (.429, 8 kills) ... led the team in blocks in a team-best 17 matches, and posted her season blocks high (8) in five sets vs. Boise State and four sets against Wyoming ... added seven blocks in four sets vs. UC Irvine and Utah State and five sets vs. Rice ... also led the team in hitting in 15 matches, and in kills in one match.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Started every match and appeared in every set as a sophomore ... was third in the Mountain West hitting .332, which was the best among the `Dogs ... also led the team with 107 blocks (five solo and 102 assisted) and 0.89 blocks per set ... averaged 2.4 kills, 0.13 aces, 0.43 digs per set ... was third on the squad with 288 kills (2.40 p/s) and tallied 10 or more kills in 12 matches ... recorded a career-high 15 kills five times in 2012 ... hit a season best .650 against Yale ... hit .400 or better in 13 matches and .500 or better in seven matches ... hit .565 and recorded 15 kills against MW league co-champions San Diego State and .500 with 11 kills against MW co-champions Colorado State ... recorded a career best 10 blocks at UTEP ... had 16 aces on the year and notched a career-high three against NAU ... collected a total of 51 digs and a career best five against New Mexico ... totaled 360 points and averaged 3.0 points per set.
2011 (FRESHMAN): Emerged as one of the Bulldogs' most dynamic front row threats and earned a spot of the 2011 All-WAC Freshman Team ... played in 27 matches, including starts in the final 23 matches of the season, for a total of 90 sets ... on the season, recorded 149 kills (1.66 kps), 74.0 blocks (0.82 bps), 190.5 points (2.12 pps), 10 digs and six assists ... registered 10 or more kills in three matches ... posted a season-best 14 kills twice, including five-set thriller against then-No. 3 Hawai'i in WAC Tournament Semifinals ... logged five or more blocks in five matches ... posted a season-best eight blocks twice ... tallied 10.0 or more points in six matches ... posted a season-best 15.5 points on the road at Utah State (10/13/11) ... delivered a team-best .700 hitting percentage with seven kills and no errors in 3-0 sweep of Louisiana Tech (10/6/11).
HIGH SCHOOL: Murdock helped lead Pitman High School to a 25-8 overall record during the 2010 season ... as a senior, she recorded 357 kills (3.3 kps), 264 blocks, 171 digs, 77 service aces and 56 assists ... also competed for the Ripon Rage.
PERSONAL: Parents are Michelle and Richard, and has a sister and brother, Ashley and Justin ... hobbies and interests include being with her friends and anything Tinkerbell ... also recruited by Notre Dame, University of South Carolina, Duke, New Mexico State, San Diego State and UC Santa Cruz ... chose to attend Fresno State for the great coaching staff.
MURDOCK'S CAREER MATCH HIGHS
Category, #, Opponent/Date
Kills: 16 -- vs New Mexico (11/21/14)
Attempts: 38 -- at New Mexico (10/27/12)
Hit Pct.: .727 (8K-0E-11A) -- vs. San Jose State (10/11/13)
Assists: 3 -- at CSU Bakersfield (10/19/11)
Aces: 3 -- vs. NAU (8/31/12)
Block Solos: 3 -- vs. San Jose State (10/29/11)
Block Assists: 10 -- vs. UTEP (8/24/12)
Total Blocks: 10.0 -- vs. UTEP (8/24/12
Digs: 5 -- at New Mexico (10/27/12)
Points: 18.5 -- vs. Boise State (11/23/12)
PLAYER FUN FACTS
Nicknames: Mace, May May
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Hobbies: Painting my nails
Greatest Accomplishment: Under Armor All American in high school
My Biggest Fans: My parents
When I was a Little Kid I Wanted to be: Tinkerbell
If I Could Have Dinner With Anybody: Luke Bryan
Favorite Place I'd Like to Travel to: Greece
Favorite Place to take Visitors to Fresno: Dog House
Favorite Pro Team: Giants
Most famous person that I have met: Colin Kaepernick
Funniest player on the volleyball team: Zana, Jaimee
Funniest moment with the volleyball team: Too many to remember
If I didn't play volleyball, I would play: Soccer
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