Oct. 13, 2012
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team came from behind to win three-straight sets earning its 12th victory of the season over Wyoming. The Bulldogs (12-7, 5-2 MW) fell behind to the Cowgirls 2-0 at intermission and came out of the break winning three sets for the win (23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 29-27, 15-9).
"We had a rough start and we couldn't block or find their hitters. Wyoming has really talented hitters," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "Wyoming's offense was hot and we couldn't get hands in their faces, which gave them a lot of confidence, but in the tail end of the match we played with a lot of heart. We served and passed well and pulled through in the end."
"It was such a fun win," said Wild. "This week we worked really hard on the little things. Our offense is really strong, but when we pass and serve well too, we really are unstoppable."
Wild also finished the night with four service aces and leads the conference with 33 on the year. The Bulldogs have now won three-straight matches and seven of their last nine matches.
"It was an awesome win for us, especially to go 2-0 on the weekend," Brand said. "We are so excited and ready to take control of the Mountain West. This win just proves that we are supposed to be up there."
The `Dogs battled Wyoming close in the first set and the Cowgirls pulled ahead with a 15-12 lead. The Bulldogs held Wyoming at set-point and went on a 4-0 run to cut the Cowgirls lead 24-35. Wyoming held on to the lead and won the first set 25-23.
Brand led the team in the first set with six kills hitting .500. Wild added three kills in the opening set.
The second set was evenly matched with Wyoming owning a 7-6 lead to start. The Bulldogs cut away the Cowgirls lead 19-17 with a quick 4-1 run. The Bulldogs again held Wyoming to set-point and scored three unanswered point before losing the set 25-23.
Freshman Zana Bowens gave the `Dogs a 6-4 lead in the third set with back-to-back service aces. She has 19 aces on the year and among the top 10 in the conference in aces per set. A 6-1 run by the Bulldogs broke a tie and gave Fresno State a 16-11 lead. The Cowgirls answered cutting the `Dogs lead to one before Murdock recorded the side out with a kill.
Wyoming came from behind tying the third set 21-21. The Bulldogs surged ahead with 4-2 run to win the set 25-23. Wild, Murdock and Brand all tallied four kills in the set.
In the fourth set, the Bulldogs opened with a 4-1 lead. The Cowgirls responded with a 4-1 run of their own tying the set 5-5. Katie Pearson recorded the side out with a block giving the `Dogs a one-point advantage. Fresno State cut Wyoming's lead to 15-14 with a 4-0 run.
Murdock recorded a solo block late in the fourth set tying the set 22-22. She finished the night with a team-high four blocks. Wild recorded a kill giving the `Dogs set-point, which the Cowgirls answered with a kill tying it back up at 24-24. Fresno State fought through five set-points to win 29-27 to force a fifth set.
A pair of blocks from Murdock and Pearson to start the fifth set gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead. Wild extended the `Dogs lead to 7-4 with a service ace, the Bulldogs combined for 11 aces on the night. The Bulldogs built a 14-9 lead for set-point and won the set-point winning the set 15-9.
Senior setter Barbara Alcantara recorded a career-high 65 assists in the match. She recorded her fifth double-double of the year with 65 assists and 15 digs against the Cowgirls.
Libero Christina Lee tied her career-high of 34 digs against Wyoming, she also hit 1.000 with a kill.
Netherby-Sewell award the entire team with the Fighting Spirit Award. The Bulldogs host CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Save Mart Center for a non-conference match up.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog volleyball continues their homestand on Oct. 18 to face CSU Bakersfield in a nonconference match up at 6 p.m. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.
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