Volleyball Opens Pioneer Classic With Sweep Over Denver
    Junior middle blocker Carrie Hartt posted a match- and career-high 17 kills and hit .577 with two blocks in the Bulldogs' three-game victory over Denver at the Pioneer Classic.
    Junior middle blocker Carrie Hartt posted a match- and career-high 17 kills and hit .577 with two blocks in the Bulldogs' three-game victory over Denver at the Pioneer Classic.

    Sept. 13, 2002

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    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.

    Junior middle blocker Carrie Hartt and senior outside hitter Christy Burnett spearheaded the 'Dogs offense as each a posted double-figure kill performance.

    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).

    Senior middle blocker Java Johnson chipped in eight kills and three total blocks while senior libero Heather Farr led all players with 11 digs for her sixth double-figure dig match on the year.

    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."

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