Marissa Brand
Marissa  Brand

Cypress, Calif.

High School:
Cypress HS



'Dogs Back On the Road

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.


Bulldogs Pick Up Fifth Straight AVCA Team Academic Award

Fresno State is the lone MW volleyball team to be honored with a +3.30 team GPA for the 2013-14 season.


Fifty Bulldogs Selected as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes

Fresno State's soccer and volleyball soccer squads led the way with six and five honors, respectively.


Fifty Bulldogs Selected as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes

Fresno State's soccer and volleyball soccer squads led the way with six and five honors, respectively.


Bulldogs Dole Out Awards at Season-End Banquet

Seniors Albertson, Brand, Franks & Wild are honored among the three awards announced.


Bulldogs Pound San Diego State

VB vs San Diego State


New Mexico Match (10/17/13)

New Mexico Match (10/17/13) - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2013.


Fresno-State Nevada Volleyball Match (10/12/13)

Fresno-State Nevada Volleyball Match (10/12/13)


2011 Inferno Grass Tourney

Three members of the Bulldog volleyball team blazed through the Fresno Grass Volleyball Association's Inferno Tournament this past weekend as undefeated champions.


2010 Fresno State Classic

The 'Dogs started the 2010 season by hosting the Fresno State Classic.


Last updated: August 21, 2013

• All-MW (2013) • CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII (2011, '12, '13)
• Colorado All-Tournament Team (2012)
• San Diego All-Tournament Team (2012)
• CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-District VIII (2011)
• Second-Team All-WAC (2010)
• Sacramento State All-Tournament Team (2011)
• HGI Classic All-Tournament Team (2010)
• All-WAC Freshman Team (2009)
• WAC Player of the Week (Nov. 15-21, 2010)
• Two-time Academic All-MW (2012, '13)
• Two-time Academic All-WAC (2009, '10)
• Six-time President's List (Perfect 4.0 GPA)
• Eight-time Dean's List

2013 (REDSHIRT SENIOR): With starts the last 23 matches of the season, the All-MW honoree reignited the team's offense and back-row digging ... overall in 2013, she led the team in kills in 10 matches; nine times in points; six times in hitting; and five times in digs and three contests in digs ... she posted three, 20-kill matches vs. San Jose State (22, .255, 8 digs), American (21, .288, 11 digs) and Air Force (20, .353, 14 digs) among her 19 double-digit kill efforts the last 22 matches (including 11 double-doubles) ... in early October, her season-best .478 hitting mark vs. Nevada was one of five +.400 totals with her total at UNLV (.444, 14 kills), vs. Boise State (.471, 17 kills), Air Force (.462, 14 kills) and vs. No. 10 Colorado State (.400, 13 kills), and 13 +.300 totals ... in late September, she set a career high in blocks vs. Utah State (6) and a season high in digs (19) ... in MW play, stood third in kills (3.78 p/s) and points (4.18 p/s), and 17th in hitting (.282), and top 20 for all matches combined in kills (eighth, 3.17 p/s), points (11th, 3.50 p/s), double-doubles (11th, 9) and hitting (20th, .261) ... among MW season highs, she ranked top 10 in kills (fifth, 22 at San Jose State).

2012 (REDSHIRT JUNIOR): Appeared in 30 matches and made 29 starts ... ranked second on team in kills (369, 3.18 per set), digs (2.84 p/s) and double-doubles (12), and also averaged 0.15 aces per set ... earned first team Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA ... tallied a career best 25 kills against Wyoming ... collected a season best 22 digs against Sacramento State ... hit a season-high .333 against Air Force ... totaled 17 assists, 13 aces, 46 blocks and 329 digs ... recorded three multi-ace efforts ... had 19 matches with 10 or more kills and eight matches with 15 or more kills ... also had three matches with 20 or more kills ... recorded 10 or more digs in 18 matches and 15 or more digs in six matches ... tallied a season best five blocks against NAU and Utah Valley ... had five solo blocks and 41 assisted blocks ... recorded a season-high 25.5 points against Wyoming ... averaged 3.5 points per set and had a total of 407.5 points on the year ... delivered two multi-assist efforts.

2011 (MEDICAL HARDSHIP): One of the West Region's best outside hitters ... Even with suffering a season-ending knee injury on Sept. 17 during match against San Francisco in UNLV Classic, led team with 3.94 kills per set and 4.3 points per set ... in 11 matches played, recorded 142 kills, 91 digs, 10 blocks and eight aces ... delivered career-best .500 hitting percentage (16 kills with two errors on 28 attempts) vs. Marist on Sept. 3 in Sacramento State Invitational ... tied career-high with three aces against Sacramento State on Sept. 2 ... opened the season with four double-doubles and posted 10 or more kills in 10 matches for 12 straight dating back to previous season ... posted 10 or more digs in four matches ... served as one of team's captains.

2010 (SOPHOMORE): As a versatile and talented athlete, she quickly became one of the WAC's premier outside hitters ... earned second-team All-WAC honors ... on the season, recorded a WAC-best 12 double-doubles (kills/digs) and led the team with 354 kills ... also contributed 268 digs, 16 service aces and 47 total blocks as one of eight Bulldogs to play in all 28 matches ... established new career-highs while shattering previous best marks in every major statistical category ... delivered a season-high .400 hitting percentage at Louisiana Tech ... landed career-best 23 kills in two road separate matches at Nevada and Boise State ... posted 10 or more kills in 19 matches ... posted 10 or more digs in 12 matches ... racked up a season-high three aces vs. Utah State on October 30, 2010.

2009 (FRESHMAN): Played in 23 matches, started in seven ... became one of the best freshmen blockers in the WAC ... on the year, posted 93 kills, 47 digs, 27.0 total blocks and 108.5 points ... had a season-high 12 kills and 43 attempts at LA Tech on Nov. 12 ... posted a .375 hitting percentage at Sacramento State on Sept. 12 ... had her first career assist and posted three blocks assists vs. Nevada on Nov. 9 ... had her first career ace vs. New Mexico State on Nov. 14 ... had nine digs in two separate matches on the year, once vs. LA Tech and the second at San Jose State on Nov. 19 ... at Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 17, posted high's in block solos, total blocks and points ... had double-digit kills in three matches on the year.

HIGH SCHOOL (CYPRESS):A four-year varsity letterwinner in volleyball ... team captain her junior and senior seasons ... one-year varsity letterwinner in basketball ... a four-time all-academic team honoree in the Empire League ... named to the first team All-Empire League her sophomore through senior seasons ... volleyball team offensive player of the year her sophomore and junior seasons ... first team All-C.I.F her junior year and second team All-C.I.F her senior year ... C.I.F. Champions her junior season ... state participant her junior year ... senior year she was the Empire League MVP, team MVP, All-Orange Country honorable mention, second team All-C.I.F. and the Cypress High School Athlete of the Year.

PERSONAL: Born June 21, 1991 ... parents are Steven and Danielle Brand ... has one sister, Allison and two brothers, Trevor and Justin ... hobbies include all outdoor activities, reading, spending time at the beach, spending time with friends and family and watching movies ... list biggest athletic thrill as winning the C.I.F. Southern Section title her junior year ... has former teammates that attend and play at Portland, TCU and North Carolina ... was also recruited by UC Irvine, SMU, Texas State, Cal State Northridge and Hawaii Pacific University ... chose Fresno State for the coaching staff and the entire athletic program.

Category, #, Opponent/Date
Kills: 25 -- vs. Wyoming (10/13/12)
Attempts: 75 -- at Nevada (10/13/12)
Hit Pct.: .500 -- vs. Marist (09/3/11)
Assists: 3 -- vs. Sacramento State (9/18/10)
Aces: 3 -- 2x, last at Sacramento State (9/2/11)
Digs: 22 -- vs. Sacramento State (9/7/12)
Block Solos: 2 -- 2x, vs. Utah State (9/26/13)
Block Assists: 5 -- 2x, last vs. Utah Valley (9/8/12)
Total Blocks: 6 -- vs. Utah Valley (9/26/13)
Points: 26.0 -- at Boise State (10/25/10)

Career Statistics


Nickname: Riss
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Stuffed Animal & Name: My pillow pet, Eeyore

Pets Growing Up: Cat named Punkin, Puggle named Moto, Fish named Gilbert

Favorite Saying/Motto: Philippians 3:13 "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead."

Favorite Hobbies: Reading, organizing events, volunteering, going to the beach

Greatest Accomplishment: Returning from my ACL injury in 6 months

Something Most People Would be Surprised to Know About Me: Spiders make me sick to my stomach
Personal Hero: My dad, Steven Brand

My Biggest Fan: My grandpa, Jerry Johnson
Most Prized Possession:
 When I was a Little Kid I Wanted to be a: Veterinarian
Favorite College Class: Psychology of Crime
Intended Career Profession: Something in the field of Psychology

Favorite Place I've Visited: Aruba

Favorite Place I'd Like to Travel to: Italy

Favorite Place on Campus: The Henry Madden Library

Favorite Place to take Visitors to Fresno: Doghouse!

Favorite Type of Food: Italian
Favorite Entrée/Dish: Spaghetti
Least Favorite Food: Raw sushi
Best Dish/Entree/Food I Can Make: Pesto pasta with chicken and broccoli
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip

Favorite Snack: Hummus with pita chips

Favorite Pizza Toppings: Pineapple, ham, and olives

Favorite Drink: Iced white chocolate mocha!
Favorite Book: My bible!
Favorite Singer: Ed Sheerhan
Favorite CD: Taylor Swift - Red
Favorite Movie: A Walk to Remember

Favorite TV Drama: GREY'S ANATOMY!!!

Favorite TV Reality Show: The Bachelor/Bachelorette

I Chose Fresno State because: The coaches, the team, and the support that the community gives FS athletics
Most Embarrassing Volleyball Moment: Tripping over myself when I went to serve and completely missed the ball
Funniest player on the volleyball team: Holly Franks
If I didn't play volleyball, I would play: Soccer

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