Sept. 27, 2012
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team defeated New Mexico in four sets (25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-25) handing the Lobos their third loss of the season. With the win, the Bulldogs improve 2-1 in Mountain West action and 9-6 overall on the season.
"New Mexico is a good team, they beat Colorado State who was ranked in the country, and they beat Wyoming," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "So that tells us that we can beat anybody in this conference. We struggled a bit to get momentum, but when we did we handled it well. I'm proud of us."
The `Dogs won the opening set and the Lobos answered by coming back to win the second set tying the match. After intermission, the Bulldogs came out winning two-straight sets earning the victory.
"We've either beaten teams this year in three or five sets," said Netherby-Sewell. "This was our first four set win and I don't think the team was aware of that. They don't think about those things, but I was. I was really happy that we were able to put two back to back sets together."
Junior Korrin Wild recorded 13 kills and a team-high 19 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. The outside hitter also tallied two blocks and two service aces. "She's awesome back there, we trust her completely," said Megan Callahan of Wild's efforts. "She picked up almost every ball. You can't ask for a better defender."
From the right side, Callahan recorded a career-high 17 kills against the Lobos. The junior finished the night hitting .333 and totaled three blocks. Sophomore Maci Murdock hit a team best .522 with 15 kills and recorded a team-high four blocks.
The Bulldogs started the first set trailing the Lobos 15-9, but went on a 9-0 run taking its first lead of the set 18-15. The `Dogs went on to win the first set 25-21. Wild and Murdock totaled five kills and two blocks each in the opening set. Murdock hit an impressive .833 in the first set.
In the second set, the Lobos broke the tie with a 4-0 run to gain a 12-8 advantage over the Bulldogs. New Mexico never trailed in the set and won 25-21 evening the match 1-1 at intermission. After two sets, Murdock led the team with 11 kills hitting .714.
The Bulldogs came back late in the third set overcoming a six-point deficit tying the set 21-21 with a block from Callahan and followed by a net violation from the New Mexico. Fresno State took the lead winning the third set 25-23.
In the fourth set, the `Dogs gained a 6-4 lead after a short 4-0 run. Fresno State then surged ahead 15-10 with a 5-0 run behind the serving of Barbara Alcantara. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 20-12 and Alcantara added to the lead after hammering down a kill as the Save Mart Center erupted. Alcantara ended the night with 49 assists and five kills hitting .300. The `Dogs won set four, 25-15, to win the match.
"I think it was a great win," said Callahan. "Earlier in the season, New Mexico beat Colorado State, which they were picked to take first. It was a great win for us, and I think it will matter latter on, it will help us a lot."
The Bulldogs hit the road next on Oct. 4 continuing Mountain West action against San Diego State.
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