Volleyball Showcases a Collective Performance in Sweep Over San Jose State
Nov. 8, 2002
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team put an exclamation point on a perfect weekend of Western Athletic Conference action when the Bulldogs swept San Jose State (30-22, 30-19, 30-16) at the North Gym this evening.
Fresno State, which is 20-3 at home dating back to last season, recorded its fifth 10-win campaign in the North Gym as the Bulldogs improved to 10-1 this season. All five 10-win seasons at home has come under 12th-year head coach Lindy Vivas, who is three victories shy of reaching the 300-career plateau as she owns a 16-year career mark of 297-204.
Picking up their 14th three-game win of the season, the Bulldogs also posted their first season sweep over San Jose State since 1987 after dropping the previous eight contests to the Spartans.
Fresno State, which secured its hold on second place in the WAC's Western Division race, dominated the match. The Bulldogs hit .306 to SJSU's .049 while more than doubling up the Spartans in blocks (10-4) and winning the digging battle (56-38).
Fresno State, which had three players in double-figure kills and double-figure digs, was led by senior outside hitter Christy Burnett, who was the only player in the match to record a double-double (11 kills, 15 digs).
Sophomore outside hitter Kristen Fenton posted a match-high 19 kills, had nine digs and two block solos while hitting .462 (19-1-39) versus the Spartans. Junior middle blocker Carrie Hartt chipped in 10 kills and six blocks. Senior defensive specialist Heather Farr picked up 11 digs while sophomore libero Tina Brennan added 10.
Sophomore setter Whitney Arena dished up 41 assists, had two aces, two kills, two blocks and four digs as she is now 129 assists shy of becoming the seventh setter in school history to amass 2,000 or more career assists.
San Jose State (12-13, 6-5 WAC) was led by middle blocker Stephanie Pascucci, who had 11 kills and two blocks. Libero Jeanine Haldi led the team in digs with 10.
In game one, neither team was particularly explosive offensively as Fresno State hit .121 and San Jose State hit -.100. With each team picking up three blocks and Fresno State outdigging SJSU by one (12-11), the Bulldogs were led by Burnett, who had five kills and Farr, who had five digs. Pascucci had four kills for San Jose State.
In game two, Fresno State hit .300 as Fenton was perfect from the floor (.538, 7-0-13). Burnett had five kills and five digs. San Jose State, which was held below .100 for the second straight game with a .070 hitting performance, was led by Pascucci's four kills.
In game three, the Bulldogs kicked it into high gear with a .474 offensive performance (20-2-38). Fenton's perfection carried over from game two as she hit .474 by picking up nine kills with no errors in 19 attempts. In the last two games combined, Fenton hit .500 (16-0-32). Burnett recorded nine digs while Hartt added four kills and two blocks. Kimberly Noble notched five kills for the Spartans.
"We knew we had to be mentally tough against this team," head coach Lindy Vivas said. "We talked before the match that we needed to bring our "A" game.
"The match last night gave us a wake up call. We had to step it up tonight. We served tough. We hit our targets and our blocking was good this evening.
"Carrie (Hartt) and Java (Johnson) are getting back into the flow of our offense. Kristen (Fenton) is an excellent player and she can still get better. She loves to play and compete.
"We want to close out even stronger next weekend. We know we didn't play well at Nevada but we also understood what we had to fix."
Fresno State (21-4, 9-2 WAC) wraps up its regular-season at home next week when the Bulldogs host Nevada on Thursday, Nov. 17 and No. 1 Hawai'i on Friday, Nov. 18. Both matches are 7:00 p.m. starts.