Volleyball Opens Pioneer Classic With Sweep Over Denver
Sept. 13, 2002
DENVER - Fresno State's knack for working efficiently didn't waver as the Bulldogs recorded their seventh three-game sweep in a 30-18, 30-18, 30-23 victory over Denver, host of the Pioneer Classic, at Hamilton Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs hit .309 as a team and tallied six service aces, 36 digs and seven blocks as they improved to 7-1 on the year. Fresno State held an opponent below .100 for the sixth time this season as the Pioneers hit .037 with five aces, 30 digs and five blocks.
Hartt, who had a then career-high 16 kills against No. 19 UC Santa Barbara last week, led all players with 17 kills en route to a new career-high performance. She also hit a career-best .577 (17-2-26) with an ace, two digs and two blocks.
Burnett, who picked up her third double-figure kill match, notched 10 kills and tied a personal-high in blocks (2).
In game one, Fresno State raced out to a 7-1 start and the closet Denver got to cutting into the Bulldogs' lead was three, twice (15-12 and 16-13). Hartt had nearly half of the team's 13 total kills with six as she hit .455 (6-1-11) in the 'Dogs 30-18 win.
In the second game, Fresno State and Denver went back and forth for the first eight points with the score being tied at 4-4. When Fresno State connected for its fifth point on a kill by junior outside hitter Stefanie Taelman, the Bulldogs never looked backed and recorded a 30-18 victory. Hartt led the 'Dogs offense with five kills and a .714 (5-0-7) hitting performance while collecting two digs and two blocks.
In the finale, Denver roared back and jumped out to leads of 6-3 and 9-6. Fresno State chipped away to tie the game at 9-9 and resumed control over the match up until 27-15. After the Pioneers called a time out, Denver then went on a 5-0 run and pulled within six before the Fresno State took its first time out in the match. With a hitting error by Denver, Fresno State then closed out the final two points with a kill by Johnson and a block by Johnson and junior outside hitter Taneisha Tilque for the 30-23 win.
"I thought we had a nice performance this evening," head coach Lindy Vivas said. "Our middles were effective and we played solid despite having a few players feeling ill. Carrie (Hartt) had a nice offensive output and Christy (Burnett) just had a nice all-around game. Tina (Brennan) had a good serving game with four aces and provided a lot of energy on the court.
"Tomorrow we'll need to serve tougher and do a better job in our ball control. I expect a tough match against Montana State and Southern Mississippi will be looking to make their mark as well."