`Dogs Battle Rams to Four Sets
Senior setter Barbara Alcantara recorded 45 assists against Colorado State on Saturday afternoon.
Senior setter Barbara Alcantara recorded 45 assists against Colorado State on Saturday afternoon.

Nov. 10, 2012

Box Score

By Theresa Kurtz

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Fresno State volleyball team lost to Colorado State in four sets on Saturday afternoon in Moby Arena. The Bulldogs (16-11, 7-6 MW) won the opening set against the Rams, but couldn't hold on to the momentum as CSU won three-straight sets for the 3-1 win (25-23, 10-25, 25-17, 16-25).

"There's no doubt we've hit a rough streak at a bad time," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "But, I like how we regrouped with a new game plan and played a tight match against a good team at home. We need one more player to step up and we'll be right back on track."

Outside hitter Korrin Wild opened the scoring with a kill for the Bulldogs and led the team with 20 on the afternoon. She hit .293 with an assist and eight digs. Wild served up a quick 3-0 run that included her first ace of the afternoon. A kill just inside the back line from Lauren Albertson extended the `Dogs lead 10-6 over the Rams in the opening set.

"Barbara, Korrin and Maci executed consistently," Netherby-Sewell said. "I like their effort. Once Cecilia settles in her new role, I think she'll do great as our libero. We can't wait to get back at home and play in the Save Mart Center."

A block from Megan Callahan and Albertson gave the Bulldogs even more momentum in the opening set as the `Dogs bench erupted with cheers. Callahan followed by recording a side out a possession later with a kill stopping the Rams run at two unanswered points and the Bulldogs led 12-8. A 10-3 run gave CSU its first lead of the set at 16-15.

A service ace from senior Cecilia Agraz gave the Bulldogs a one-point advantage late in the first set. A service error from Colorado State gave Fresno State a 25-23 first set victory. Marissa Brand, Maci Murdock and Korrin Wild all hit over .500 in the opening set and combined for 12 kills. Murdock hit a team-high .500 for the match with a total of 11 kills. As a team, the Bulldogs hit .316 and recorded 17 kills.



Colorado State jumped ahead 14-5 to start the second set. The Rams increased their lead 19-6 before the `Dogs recorded a side out and started a 4-1 run. CSU won the second set 25-10 tying the match 1-1 heading to the break. Murdock led the Fresno State offense after two sets hitting .714 with five kills. Wild added 10 kills hitting .333 with a service ace in two sets.

In the third set, Wild opened with her second ace of the day. The junior recorded three aces in the match and has a total of 50 on the year. The Bulldogs pulled ahead 5-2, but the Rams tied up the set with a short 3-0 run. The `Dogs gained momentum in the third set taking back the lead 12-9 forcing the Rams head coach to call a time out.

Setter Barbara Alcantara served up her second ace and seventh of the match for the Bulldogs. The service ace extended Fresno State's lead to 20-16 over CSU. The Rams came from behind to win the third set 27-25 taking a 2-1 lead in the match.

Colorado State opened the fourth set with a 6-2 run. The Bulldogs pulled within two points of CSU, but the Rams increased their lead 17-11 with a 6-1 run. The `Dogs late rally was cut short and the Rams won the final set 25-16 winning the match in four sets.

Fresno State finished the match with eight service aces and have a total of 146 on the season. The Bulldogs hit .190 with 51 kills against the Rams. The Bulldogs host UC Irvine on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center. It is one of the final three home matches for the `Dogs in 2012, so don't miss any of the action.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog volleyball returns to the Save Mart Center on Nov. 13 to face UC Irvine at 7 p.m. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.

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