Sept. 15, 2012
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team beat Yale in three sets (25-18, 25-21,25-22) and finished the University of San Diego Invitational 2-1 and in second place behind host San Diego.
It is the third non-conference tournament that the Bulldogs (7-5, 0-0 MW) have finished in second place. The `Dogs begin Mountain West play next week against Air Force and Boise State.
Junior Korrin Wild recorded her sixth double-double of the season and second of the day. She tallied 10 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Maci Murdock and junior Megan Callahan hit a team-high 14 kills. Murdock ended the night hitting a team best .650.
The Bulldogs pulled ahead half way through the first set leading 15-11. The Bulldogs broke the tied set with a short 5-1 run to gain the lead. With the momentum swaying in the `Dogs favor, Fresno State increased its lead 20-14.
The `Dogs took a 1-0 lead in the match after winning set one 25-18. Murdock got off to another fast offensive start for the Bulldogs. The middle blocker hit .800 in the first set with four kills and a block. Callahan added four kills for Fresno State in the opening set.
The Bulldogs held on to the momentum in the second set holding on to a lead for a majority of the set. The offense continued to attack both pins and in the middle, Wild tallied seven kills in the second set. Murdock added four kills from the middle, while Callahan contributed another four kills from the opposite side.
The `Dogs took a 2-0 lead into intermission after winning the second set 25-21.
Wild served up three aces in two sets. She recorded three service aces earlier in the day against UC Santa Barbara and totaled six on the day. Wild led the `Dogs with three blocks.
In the third set, the Bulldogs came from behind overcoming a four-point deficit to win 25-22 and winning the match in three sets. Lee and Brand were named to the all-tournament team.
Defensively, Christina Lee grabbed 18 digs. She averaged 6.0 per set in the match and 5.6 per set for the weekend.
Fresno State makes its MW debut next week on the road against Air Force and Boise State.
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