Nov. 1, 2012
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Right side hitter Megan Callahan celebrated her birthday with a career best performance as the Fresno State volleyball team picked up its 16th win of the 2012 season. The Bulldogs (16-8, 7-3 MW) swept Nevada 3-0 (25-23, 25-10, 25-16).
"We did exactly what we needed to do," said Callahan. "We wanted to win in three sets, like we did on the road. We knew we could. The first game was a little close, but we came back and built our momentum heading into the second and third sets."
The `Dogs are 8-2 in three set matches and defeated the Wolf Pack in three sets earlier in the season. The Bulldogs also own a 6-3 record at the Save Mart Center.
"I am glad we took care of business tonight," head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. "We came out a little rough and slow out of the gate. We talked about a sense of urgency in the second game and playing out game. We did that and it showed in the score. We didn't let Nevada's middles get going, which I was pleased with. It was a good offensive showing for us."
Callahan, a junior from Merced, Calif., led the Bulldogs offense by hitting a career best .600 with 10 kills. She converted 10-of-15 attempts and only had one attacking error. Callahan also added a block.
"Megan was pretty hot and couldn't be stopped," said Netherby-Sewell of Callahan's career-high performance. "They didn't have much of an answer for her."
Junior Lauren Albertson also made a huge impact on the `Dogs offense against Nevada. She recorded 10 kills from the middle of the net hitting .381. Albertson also collected three blocks.
"Lauren has been working really hard to get better game-by-game," Netherby-Sewell said. "I am always happy to see her numbers go up. She deserves it."
Callahan opened the match with the first point for the Bulldogs. The Wolf Pack pulled ahead 4-1 and halted Nevada with a side out from Albertson, which started a `Dogs 4-1 run to tie the set 5-5. Barbara Alcantara served up a quick 3-0 run keeping the set tied 11-11. An attacking error by the Wolf Pack gave the Bulldogs their second lead of the opening set.
The Bulldogs pulled ahead 17-14 behind the serving of senior Cecilia Agraz. Fresno State never gave up the lead winning the first set 25-23. Callahan, who started the scoring, finished the first game scoring the set-point. Callahan recorded a set-high four kills for the `Dogs, while Marissa Brand hit .429 with three in the opening set. Fresno State recorded 15 kills and hit .333.
Junior outside hitter Korrin Wild served up an opening 4-0 run in the second set. An assisted block from Alcantara and Maci Murdock extended the Bulldogs lead over Nevada to 8-2. The `Dogs took a 10-point lead with an ace from Wild. Fresno State cruises to 25-10 second set victory.
The `Dogs headed to the locker room with a 2-0 lead over Nevada. After two sets, Callahan and Albertson combined for 16 kills and four blocks. Callahan hit .571and a total of five Bulldogs hit .300 or better in the first two sets.
Wild delivers back-to-back service aces to open the third set, she recorded four in the match and has 43 on the season and leads the conference in aces per set (0.45). Nevada tied the set up 8-8 with a kill, but a service error on the Wolf Pack gave the Bulldogs a one-point advantage.
Fresno State surged ahead 15-10 with a 7-2 run in the third set. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 20-12 over Nevada with solid serving and passing. The Wolf Pack cut the Bulldogs lead to a six-point advantage, but held on to win the final set 25-16.
Wild and Murdock both hit .500 in the match and combined for 14 kills. Defensively, Wild led the `Dogs with 13 digs.
"I really like where my team is at right now," said Netherby-Sewell. "They are playing hard and well together. They are pretty eager to get going in the next match on Saturday."
Fresno State hosts San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon in the Save Mart Center. The Aztecs edged the Bulldogs in five sets on the road earlier this season.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog volleyball returns to the Save Mart Center on Nov. 3 to face San Diego State at noon. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.
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