Sept. 17, 2011
LAS VEGAS - In a series of tough Saturday tests, the Bulldogs struggled during a pair of neutral site 3-0 losses to Baylor and San Francisco to finish last at the 2011 UNLV Classic.
"There is no doubt this was a rough road trip - things just wouldn't go our way after our near comeback in the five-set loss to UNLV," head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. "We dealt with a lot of adversity and it was a tough lesson to learn. We are going to learn how to recover and come back a stronger team."
Despite falling in straight sets (9-25, 20-25 and 21-25) to the Bears, junior outside hitter Marissa Brand extended her double-digit kill streak to 13 - which was snapped in the nightcap with the Dons.
In the morning session, the Bulldogs never quite found their groove against the Big-12's Baylor, whose conference features three teams ranked in the most recent AVCA Top 25 poll (Texas, Iowa State and Oklahoma). Brand connected for 10 kills and sophomore Korrin Wild added 11 digs in the quick three-set affair.
BU's Torri Campbell also tallied 10 kills while setters Brittany Ridenour and Kate Harris combined for 28 assists to headline a strong showing by the Bears.
The San Francisco Dons also came out firing and handed the Bulldogs their second straight three-set defeat (21-25, 12-25 and 19-25).
Against the Dons, Fresno State's Cecilia Agraz recorded a team-best seven kills and junior setter Barbara Alcantara tossed up 24 assists while USF was led by the tandem of Vendula Strakova and Valentina Zaloznik.
Fresno State (4-7) returns to the San Joaquin Valley for the 'Dogs only September home match on Thursday night at 7 p.m. when the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners visit the Save Mart Center.
The `Dogs then open Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday at rival Nevada, who will join Fresno State in the Mountain West starting in 2012.
"Break the Bank" Volleyball Challenge
Fresno State students receive free admission to all Bulldog volleyball matches and are eligible to win $500 to The Bulldog Shop by attending the Sept. 22 match as part of the 2011 "Break the Bank" Challenge.
"We Are Your Team!" - Stay connected with Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@FSAthletics). The next chance to see the 'Dogs at home is Sept. 22 when Bakersfield makes the trip north on Highway 99 for a non-conference match before starting WAC play on Sept. 24 at Nevada.
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