Bulldogs Win Morning Match Against Long Island
Sept. 3, 2005
San Francisco - Fresno State won their second match in the USF Powerade/Asics classic in San Francisco with a four-game victory over Long Island 30-21, 26-30, 30-18, 30-18. The Bulldogs were led by outside hitter Mounia Nihipali who had 14 kills along with Briana Rempel and Kasie Spencer who had 11 apiece.
Using their third lineup in as many matches, the Bulldogs started the match by picking up a win in game one, behind five kills from Nihipali. The Bulldogs lost a lead in game two for the loss, but used improved hitting to win the two remaining games in convincing fashion 30-18. Over the last two games
Setter Ilima Sam Fong had 39 assists for the Bulldogs in the victory, and the team had 25 total blocks to the Blackbirds' six. The team also hit extremely well, posting a .304 percentage in the third game, and a .263 in the final game.
Fresno State closes out the USF tournament this afternoon, as the Bulldogs face the host Dons at 2:30. USF has emerged unscathed through two games of the tournament, getting wins against William and Mary and Long Island yesterday.
Game 1 Recap - Long Island started the game by scoring three of the first four points, but the Bulldogs responded with a quick rally of their own to bring the score to 7-4. The Bulldogs continued to add points off of blocks by Briana Rempel and Kasie Spencer to extend the lead to 12-7. Following a side out, the Bulldogs reeled off three quick points to make the score 15-8 after a Rempel kill. The Blackbirds made a quick comeback to bring the score back to 17-13 after a Long Island timeout, but a ball handling error by setter Flavia Sanches gave the Bulldogs the serve again. Long Island kept pace with the Bulldogs for most of the rest of the match, but the Bulldogs used their lead and took the first game 30-21.
Game 2 Recap - A kill by Mounia Nihipali and an ace from Cheryl Selenak keyed an early lead for the Bulldogs in game two as Fresno State started the game at 4-1. The two teams then exchanged service for a period until the Blackbirds tied the game at 9. Alisha McKee recorded a kill to give the Bulldogs back the lead, and a Rempel kill added to the advantage. The Blackbirds took advantage of some Fresno State miscues to take a quick lead at 12-11. The Bulldogs responded with a run of their own, though, and scored five straight points to make the score 16-12. Continuing to stay in the game, the Blackbirds again evened the score at 17 before taking a 19-17 lead. Long Island moved ahead 22-18, and the Blackbirds pressed the advantage and won game two 30-26.
Game 3 Recap - Excellent serving from Cheryl Selenak led to a quick Bulldog lead, as Fresno State scored the first six points in game 3. The Bulldogs continued to stretch the lead, as two Rempel kills helped make the score 13-3. Using their 10 point cushion, five kills from Briana Rempel and four kills from Kasie Spencer, Fresno State eased to a 30-18 win.
Game 4 Recap - Two early kills from Ilima Sam Fong gave the Bulldogs a 5-2 advantage early in game 4. The Blackbirds recovered and brought the score to 7-6, but the Bulldogs kept their lead after a side out, and scored four straight points to bring the score to 11-6. Long Island again closed the gap to within one at 11-10, but Fresno State kept the lead after a Mounia Nihipali kill. The Bulldogs used the momentum from that to extend an 18-13 lead. A late kill from Angela Wiggins and block from Alisha McKee helped seal a 30-18 win.