Oct. 19, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Fresno State started strong and never let off the gas in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-15 and 25-20) road sweep at CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday night in non-conference action.
"It was a great match tonight and I was really proud of our effort and serving," head coach Netherby-Sewell said of the 'Dogs performance that included 10 aces. "Offensively we got back on track. I think we are starting to understand defensively what we need to do and everything is coming together."
The Bulldogs cruised to the 25-14 and 25-15 wins in the opening two sets, which featured nine of Clarke's kills, and added the 25-20 tally to seal the 'Dogs ninth match victory this season.
With a relentless attack and suffocating defensive execution, Fresno State crushed CSU Bakersfield in all facets from start to finish. The 'Dogs outhit the 'Runners .383 to .250.
"We are going to strive to keep our hitting percentage at this level in our upcoming matches," Netherby-Sewell said.
Senior Alysia Baker, who transferred north up Highway 99 from CSUB in the offseason, made her first start of the year.
Fresno State (9-11) returns to the floor in the Save Mart Center on Thursday night in an exhibition with Fresno City College.
The contest between the 'Dogs and Rams was a late addition to the schedule to help balance a road heavy schedule and give the young Bulldog roster extra experience before the start of the second half of WAC play on Saturday night when Nevada comes to town.
"We Are Your Team!" --- Stay connected with Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@FSAthletics). There are two chances to see the 'Dogs at home this week as Fresno State hosts Fresno City College (free admission for all fans) on Thursday night at 6 p.m. and Nevada on Saturday night at 7 p.m. All fans are asked to wear pink on Saturday to help promote breast cancer awareness and support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
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