Aug. 31, 2002
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Fresno State continues to serve tough and another school fell victim to the Bulldogs' no-nonsense work style as the 'Dogs snagged their third consecutive sweep with a 30-16, 30-16 and 30-17 over Radford in the William & Mary Hi-IQ Tournament in Williamsburg, Va.
After serving up 14 service aces last night against East Carolina, the Bulldogs handed out 15 aces this morning to push their tournament total to 38 in nine games of play. Fresno State's single-match record for most service aces is 17 versus CS Bakersfield (1990).
The Bulldogs, who are averaging just over an hour of play in their three tournament matches, hit .290 and had 39 digs and six total team blocks. The 'Dogs also kept their opponent below .100 for the third consecutive match as Radford hit .079 with 31 digs and four total blocks.
Individually, senior middle blocker Java Johnson led all players with 12 kills and had three blocks while hitting a match-high .588 (12-2-17). Junior middle blocker Carrie Hartt also was in double-figures with 10 kills while adding four aces and three blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Kristen Fenton and senior outside hitter Christy Burnett each chipped in eight kills while accounting for seven of the team's 15 service aces. Defensively, senior libero Heather Farr had a team-high 11 digs.
In game one, Fresno State broke a 6-6 tie and didn't look back in its 30-16 win. In the game Fenton hit .800 (4-0-5) and had two aces. Freshman setter Robyn Keune had 11 assists as the Bulldogs hit .320 (13-5-25) and tallied six service aces.
In game two, the Bulldogs broke an 8-8 tie when Burnett recorded three straight service aces as the 'Dogs posted another 30-16 victory. At 18-12, Johnson and Hartt were the Bulldog workhorses for the final 12 points. Hartt served six points, which included three aces, and Johnson closed out the game with four kills in the final six points.
In the final game, Fresno State hit .415 (9-4-36) and netted all six of its total blocks. The Bulldogs held Radford to a .000 (8-8-33) performance. After the game being tied at 6-6, the 'Dogs pushed their lead to as much as 12 points (26-14) before posting a 30-17 win.
"I thought, in particular, we had a very strong serving and passing game," head coach Lindy Vivas said. "Serving up 15 aces in three games is excellent. The stats do not show passing and passing is critical because we started our freshman setter again. Our ball control stayed steady, which allowed Robyn (Keune) to make good decisions and good sets.
"One our goals was to have very good ball control and we accomplished that. Defensively everyone contributed. I was especially pleased with our left side hitters as they continue to be aggressive while mixing up their attacks. Even though we still are working on our timing, our middle blockers were effective. Carrie (Hartt) contributed very nicely with her blocking and serving while Java (Johnson) closed out games effectively, especially in the final two games.
"Heather (Farr) has done very well. She has done a nice job passing and digging balls. We miss her excellent serving but using her as the libero has helped our defensive game. I can't say enough about Robyn (Keune). She has shown a lot of poise and maturity running the team. She's learning as she goes on and has not gotten rattled."
Fresno State (3-0) concludes tournament play this evening against tournament host, William & Mary, at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).
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