`Dogs Win Five Set Thriller Over Broncos
Sept. 20, 2012
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
BOISE, Idaho -The Fresno State volleyball team came from behind to defeat Boise State (21-25, 22-25, 25-19,25-22, 15-12) to open Mountain West play and give head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell her 100th career win. The Bulldogs (8-5, 1-0 MW) fell behind after losing the first two sets, but went on to win three-straight set to seal the victory.
"We not only won, but it was a great win," said Netherby-Sewell. "It was a tough match against a very good team in a loud environment. It's a great start to the conference season and to the Mountain West."
Senior Barbara Alcantara and redshirt junior Marissa Brand reached new heights against Boise State. Alcantara recorded a career-high 61 assists for the Bulldogs and has tallied 50 or more assists five times this season. The setter had her third double-double of the season after also grabbing 12 digs. Alcantara hit over .500 with six kills.
"I thought Barbara led the team really well," said Netherby-Sewell. "She made huge plays when we needed it. She was the heart and soul that match."
Brand recorded a career-high 25 kills and 17 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. The outside hitter hit .310 over five sets.
The Bulldogs dropped the opening set 25-21 to Boise State. Brand hit .750 in the first set converting six kills in eight attempts. The `Dogs hit .382 in the set and recorded 18 kills. Defensively, the Bulldogs tallied 13 digs with Brand and Christina Lee leading with four each.
Boise State took set two by a score of 25-22. The Bulldogs held the Broncos at set-point and went on a 4-0 run bringing the set within three points. Jaimee-Lee Morrow came off the bench recording back-to-back kills aiding in the `Dogs rally late in the set.
The Broncos headed to the break with a 2-0 lead in the match. The Bulldogs came out of the break fired up and looking to take the momentum getting back in the match.
"We are working really hard on playing point-by-point and not worry about the big picture," Netherby-Sewell said. "Sticking with the little things and we did a great job. We never seemed concerned, but stayed on task and got our jobs done."
In the third set, the Bulldogs took the lead and never looked back winning the set 25-19. In two sets, Morrow tallied five kills and hit 1.000 for the `Dogs. She ended the night with a season-high eight kills hitting .500. Fresno State's offense recorded 16 kills in the third set and on the defensive side of the ball collected 24 digs.
"Jaimee-Lee did a good job of coming in and being a steady hitter for us," Netherby-Sewell said.
Fresno State jumped ahead in the fourth set with a 7-2 run. The Bulldogs won the set 25-22 tying the match and forcing a fifth set. Megan Callahan hit a set-high .429 with four kills.
The final set was full of long rallies and the `Dogs were able to outlast the Broncos in the rallies to earn a point. On crucial rally that kept the momentum with Fresno State continued with the help of middle blocker Maci Murdock collecting some huge digs.
The Bulldogs won the final set 15-12 to win the match. The `Dogs opened with 4-1 run taking an early lead. The Broncos came back to tie the set 8-8. Fresno State ended the set with a 5-3 run.
"This was a team effort and it was a team fighting spirit award, which I am always happy with," added Netherby-Sewell.
The `Dogs face Air Force in their second MW conference match up on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. PT.
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