Oct. 24, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Fresno State volleyball team (12-9, 6-3) saw its five-match win streak come to an end at No. 12 Colorado State (18-0, 9-0) Thursday night at Moby Arena.
The MW-leading Rams staked a 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 decision to remain one of two undefeated top-25 teams nationally against the `Dogs who entered the match in a second-place conference tie with UNLV.
"We missed out on an opportunity tonight," head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. "They're a good team offensively, but so are we, and we didn't show that. We've been playing well the last few weeks because we played loose and concentrated more on our side of the net and not our opponent. Unfortunately we lost that focus tonight, but we're going to come right back on Saturday redirected and ready to play."
Fresno State and CSU came into the match ranked 1-2 in the conference in hitting in MW play (.268-.259), but on Thursday the Rams ended at .214 and the `Dogs hit .093 - its season low (after committing 28 attack errors).
At match's end, Fresno State still held offensive edges in kills (38-34), assists (36-34) and aces (3-2). Defensively, however, six third-set Ram blocks gave them an 11-6 advantage match-wise, and the Rams also ended with a 33-28 digs edge.
For Fresno State, senior outside hitter Korrin Wild topped the team in kills (14) and points (15) for the 11th time in each category this year. Among the team's nine three-set matches in 2013, her kills tally tied her season high, and her points total was her second-best mark.
Senior right side hitter Holly Franks ended with four blocks - her third team-high honor of the year - and added six kills and five digs.
Redshirt senior outside hitter Marissa Brand (9 kills) saw her string of 10, +10-kill matches come to an end, but was one of three `Dogs with aces with junior middle blocker Katie Pearson and freshman libero Maggie Eppright.
Eppright also led the team in digs (8) for the team-leading 10th time this year.
CSU's offense featured four hitters with 7-9 kills - Adrianna Culbert (9 kills, .500), Samantha Peters (9 kills, .500), Kelsey Snyder (7 kills, .235) and Marlee Reynolds (7 kills, .095).
Other Ram category leaders included All-MW Preseason pick and setter Deedra Foss (32 assists, 1 ace), Peters (8 blocks, 13 points), Kaitlind Bestgen (1 ace) and Adrianna Culbert (10 digs).
Looking ahead, the `Dogs next head to Wyoming for a 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT match on Saturday to wrap up the first half of the conference slate.
The Cowgirls (14-9, 4-5) beat San Jose State, 3-1, Thursday night at home and are 6-2 in their last eight matches.
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