Bulldogs Win Big in Kansas
Sept. 7, 2007
MANHATTAN, Kans. - The Fresno State volleyball team made the biggest comeback of the season as it was down two games against Arkansas (6-3) and won games three through five to take the match at the Kansas State Invitational Friday (Sept. 7), in Manhattan, Kans.
Arkansas dominated the first two games 30-14 and 30-13 and it looked like it was going to be a long game three for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs however, surprised the whole gym in Manhattan and you had to see to believe what happened from there on out.
This is only the second time since 30-point scoring began six years ago that the Bulldogs were down 2-0 and came back to win in five. In 2001, Fresno State lost the first two games (23-30, 22-30) then won the final three (30-25, 32-30, 15-10) to defeat Sacramento State.
The Lady Razorbacks, who received 24 votes in the AVCA poll for week two, got off to a strong start in game one as they defeated the Bulldogs 30-14. Arkansas was led by last week's Jefferson Cup MVP in Virginia, Jessica Dorrell with a .667 hitting percentage.
Game two was just the same as Arkansas hit its highest percentage of the match at .414 and had four blocks in a 30-13 victory.
The Bulldogs once again had an early lead in game four at 12-7, when Arkansas made a run to take the lead at 15-14. With the score tied at 27, the Bulldogs scored two of the final three points for the 30-28 victory.
Game five was just as close as the third and fourth as Arkansas tied it at 8-8 but FS pulled out a nerve-wracking victory at 15-13.
Fresno State was led by Lacey Gera with 14 kills and a .182 hitting percentage. McKee was second on the team with 12 kills and .171 hitting percentage.
"We went into the locker room and everyone had their heads down," said McKee. "We decided we needed to pull together and see what could happen and we ended up with a win on our record."
This was just the second five-game match of the season for the Bulldogs as they fell to Cal State Northridge in the opening match of 2007 at the University of Washington Husky Classic.
Arkansas fell 3-0 to Kansas State in game one of the tournament Friday afternoon. Northern Iowa and Kansas State play the final match of day one at 7:30 ct.
Fresno State continues tournament play on Saturday (Sept. 8) with host Kansas State at 1 p.m. ct., followed by Northern Iowa at 6 p.m. ct. Northern Iowa and Arkansas play in the first match Saturday at 10 a.m. ct.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State Volleyball team continues play in Manhattan, Kansas on September 7-8 for three games in the Kansas State Invitational. The next Fresno State Volleyball match at home is Tuesday, September 11 on Proud to be an American Night against Oregon State at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center. All military, fire and police department employees get two free tickets by showing their badge/ID at the box office on the day of the game.