Baylee Platt Posts Career-High 22 Kills
    Lacey Gera won today's Fighting Spirit Award for her play off the bench.
    Lacey Gera won today's Fighting Spirit Award for her play off the bench.

    Oct. 11, 2008

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    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team fought back to win set one and dropped a close set two before falling in four to Nevada in a WAC contest at the Save Mart Center Saturday afternoon. Set scores were 25-27, 31-29, 25-21 and 25-19. The Bulldogs drop to 5-11 overall and 2-5 in WAC play.

    Sets one and two were intense between the Bulldogs and the WolfPack, both going to extra-points to decide the sets. Set one saw an early lead for the bulldogs until Nevada tied it at nine. Nevada then had the momentum and had the set point at 24-19.

    Fresno State fought back with a kill by Kasey Van Grouw, an ace by Baylee Platt, two errors by Nevada and a kill by Kelly Leonardo to tie the set at 24. Three-straight kills by Brianna Clarke gave the Bulldogs the set one victory at 27-25.

    "We had the best week of practices this week and set one was the best we have played all year," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell.

    Set two was also tight, this time with the Bulldogs being up late at 24-22. Nevada scored three-straight to tie the set at 25. Four more ties would follow before the WolfPack scored two in a row for the 31-29 win.

    Nevada came out of the break and two control of sets three and four early to win them both and the match.

    Freshman Platt (Clovis, Calif.) posted a career-high 22 kills and added 15 digs to lead the `Dogs. Allanah Munson also recorded a double-double with 52 assists and 12 digs. Also recording double-digits in categories were Clarke in kills (13) and Meghan Moss (14) and Van Grouw (13) in digs.

    Fighting Spirit Award
    Tonight's Fighting Spirit Award went to junior Lacey Gera for the first time this season.

    "Lacey had the ability to come in off the bench cold and make things happen tonight and it's a very difficult role to be in," added Netherby-Sewell. "She did a great job of coming in, making things happen and giving energy to the team."

    "It felt good getting the award," Gera said. "When I came in I had to do my job and I gave all that I could give to amp up the team."

    "Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs travel to Nevada in WAC play on Thursday, October 16 for a 7 p.m. match. The `Dogs return home on Saturday, October 18 as they host Utah State at 7 p.m. It's Youth Volleyball Night and all youth volleyball teams 8th grade and under receive $2 admission to the match when wearing their team uniforms. There will also be a post-match autograph session with the team. Tickets are on sale now through the Save Mart Center Box Office, by calling (559) 485-TIXS or online at ticketmaster.com.

     

     

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