Bulldogs Drop Five Set Match
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State volleyball team lost to Utah Valley University in the five sets in the final match of the Fresno State Classic. The Bulldogs (5-4, 0-0 MW) were 1-2 on the weekend.
"This was one of those weekends where we learn tough lessons," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "Now is a good time, even though we didn't want it to happen at home. We just couldn't get our serve and pass game going and our confidence was low. We looked like a different team this weekend. We will learn from it and come back next week."
Defensively, the Bulldogs had five individuals record digs in double figures and libero Christina Lee collected a team-high 16 digs.
Senior Barbara Alcantara earned all-tournament honors for the weekend. She recorded 14 digs and three aces.
Utah Valley jumped ahead to a 1-0 lead after winning the opening set 25-21.Callahan led the team with five kills in the first, while Murdock hit a set high .600.
In the second set, the Bulldogs pulled ahead 7-2 to start the set. The Wolverines came back evening the set 15-15. The `Dogs regained the lead with a 6-0 run and ended the set with a 9-2 run winning the second set 25-18.
After two sets, Murdock recorded nine kills hitting .500 with three blocks. At intermission, Fresno State and Utah Valley were tied one set apiece.
The Bulldogs took control of the third set with a 6-2 run to lead 13-7. Fresno State continued to build momentum on offense taking a 23-15 lead. The Bulldogs won the third set 25-15 taking a 2-1 lead into the fourth set.
Marissa Brand led the `Dogs with five kills in the third set hitting .400. Callahan added four kills in set three bringing her total to a team-high 12 kills as Fresno State headed to the fourth set.
The Wolverines took the fourth set 25-17 forcing a fifth set to decide the match. Utah Valley took the momentum into the fifth set winning 15-11 to win the match.
"It was a disappointing weekend for us," said Callahan. "We were looking forward to coming home and playing in front of our crowd after being on the road for two weekends. We wanted to go 3-0, but things didn't work out our way. It's a learning lesson, a hard lesson to learn, but it is better to learn it now instead of during conference play."
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