Volleyball Works Quickly in Sweep Over East Carolina
Aug. 30, 2002
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Fresno State made quick work for the second match in a row and a seven-minute delay from a power outage due to a passing thunderstorm in William & Mary Hall didn't derail the Bulldogs either as they posted their second consecutive sweep to go to 2-0 on the year.
In just over an hour of play, Fresno State collected a 3-0 win (30-16, 30-9, 30-21) over East Carolina in the William & Mary Hi-IQ tournament in Williamsburg, Va.
The Bulldogs were effective in all phases of their game as they hit .359 (45-12-92) with 14 aces, 39 digs and six total team blocks. For the second straight match, the 'Dogs also held their opponents to a negative hitting percentage as the Pirates hit -.011 (22-23-91). The 14 services served up were three shy of tying the school record of 17 when Fresno State had 17 against CS Bakersfield in a four-game home victory on Sept. 25, 1990.
At the net, senior middle blocker Java Johnson netted three blocks and hit .438 (9-2-16) while chipping in nine kills. From the service line, Burnett had five service aces and junior middle blocker Carrie Hartt notched four while contributing with seven kills, six digs and three blocks.
In game one, Fresno State and East Carolina were tied five times before the Bulldogs broke away at 7-6. The 'Dogs kicked it into high gear when they used a 23-10 run to post a 30-16 victory. After sophomore setter Whitney Arena tweaked her left ankle after coming down on a teammate's foot at 19-12, freshman setter Robyn Keune stepped in smoothly and kept the Bulldogs offense running on all four cylinders as they closed out the game with an 11-4 run.
In game two, Fresno State dished out 10 of its 14 service aces, led by Burnett, Hartt and Keune. The Bulldogs hit .500 (15-2-26) and picked up three total team blocks. In the game, Burnett also hit a blistering .800 (8-0-10). Fresno State and East Carolina were delayed seven minutes when the lights went out briefly as the Bulldogs lead, 12-5.
Game three was uneventful for the Bulldogs as they took the lead at 3-2 and never looked back in their 30-21 win.
"The team stepped onto the court mentally prepared," head coach Lindy Vivas said. "After scouting East Carolina we knew we needed to play well. They have three very good hitters and they came back for a good win against William and Mary.
"Again, we had a very good team effort and all areas of our game were very good. We wanted to serve very tough and create havoc and that worked well. I thought we passed well and that proved critical when Whitney (Arena) went down.
"We had a high hitting percentage from nearly everyone. Kristen (Fenton) hit hard, was very aggressive and was very effective. Christy (Burnett) played well in both matches today. I thought Robyn (Keune) came in and did an excellent job of running the team. We didn't feel we had to risk aggravating Whitney's ankle any further and we were able to get her some time to rest. Robyn was composed and called good plays. She did a very good job in her first career match.
Fresno State meets Radford (1:00 p.m., EDT) and William & Mary (7:00 p.m., EDT) tomorrow to wrap up tournament play.