Sept. 14, 2012
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team opened the University of San Diego Invitational with a loss to host No. 17 San Diego. The Bulldogs (5-5, 0-0 MW) played two close sets with the nationally-ranked Toreros before falling in three sets (20-25, 20-25, 10-25).
"We did a really nice job in sets one and two," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "Offensively, we looked pretty good and we were trying some new things. I think that their mentality was spot on and San Diego just outlasted us. We weren't able to defend at the level that they were attacking. Otherwise, we did a really good job."
Sophomore Maci Murdock had a successful night in the middle of the court. Offensively, the middle blocker recorded a team-high nine kills and hit .500 against the Toreros. Her two blocks were also a team-high.
"Maci was unstoppable in the middle," added Netherby-Sewell. "They gave us a lot of room in the middle to swing. She did a nice job and is finding a nice rhythm becoming a good attacker for us."
Murdock's strong offense night slowed the Toreros momentum and allowed the Bulldogs to take the lead twice in the first two sets and once in the final set.
The Toreros won the first set of the match 25-20. Murdock recorded a set-high five kills hitting .625 with a total of eight attempts. Senior Cecilia Agraz recorded an ace for the Bulldogs, and she has a total of four aces on the year.
San Diego won the second set 25-20 and took a 2-0 lead heading into intermission. Early in the set, the Bulldogs kept it close taking several leads before the Toreros came back to win the set.
After two sets, Murdock led the team with seven kills hitting .500. She also led the 'Dogs with two assisted blocks and recorded a service ace. Both Jaimee-Lee Morrow and Marissa Brand added an assisted block for the Bulldogs.
The Toreros won the match after winning the third set 25-10. Brand finished the night with seven kills.
Defensively, libero Christina Lee tallied a team-high 16 digs.
Fresno State faces UC Santa Barbara next in the tournament at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.
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