Nov. 10, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-23) Western Athletic Conference match to the University of Idaho on Thursday night at the Save Mart Center.
Senior Brianna Clarke, a middle blocker from Fresno, Calif., recorded five blocks to become the Bulldogs' second-leading blocker in school history at 426 career blocks - just 11 shy of the record (437) held by Suzie Regal (1989-92).
Wild notched her sixth double-double of the season with a match-best 19 kills and 15 digs.
The Bulldogs landed 60 kills, but made 10 more attacking errors than the Vandals and were outhit .232 to .203 by the third-place team in the WAC standings.
"If we can have the mental toughness, we can beat just about any team in our league," head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. "We just made too many errors tonight. Idaho is a very consistent team."
Fresno State wraps up regular season play at home on Saturday against Utah State, which will provide both teams a tune-up for the upcoming WAC Tournament where both teams will face each other again in the opening round on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
"It is great to have one more opportunity to know our opportunity before the tournament and get more experience on the floor," Netherby-Sewell said, who was happy to be back after missing the team's road trip last week under doctor's orders during the late stages of her pregnancy.
WAC To Stream Volleyball Tournament from Las Vegas
The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, has announced it will stream the first two days of the 2011 WAC Volleyball Tournament. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.
The volleyball tournament will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 21-23. The top six teams will advance to the tournament with the top two seeds earning a first round bye. On Monday, Nov. 21, the first round matches include the No. 3 seed versus the No. 6 seed at 5:00 p.m. PT and the No. 4 seed versus the No. 5 seed at 7:30 p.m. PT. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the semifinal matches include the No. 2 seed versus the winner of Monday's first match at 5:00 p.m. PT and the top seed versus the winner of Monday's second match at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Each day, you can view both matches on WAC.tv for $9.95. Wednesday's championship match is not available on WAC.tv, but can be viewed on ESPNU.
Agraz, Brand Named Academic All-District
The ability to excel both academically and athletically is the top priority for the Bulldog volleyball program and junior outside hitters Cecilia Agraz and Marissa Brand received nods as 2011 Capital One Academic All-District selections, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.
"We Are Your Team!" --- The Bulldogs host their final match as a member of the WAC when Fresno State honors seniors Brianna Clarke and Alysia Baker during Saturday night's contest with defending conference tournament champion Utah State at 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center. Tickets are available at the Save Mart Center Box Office. Fresno State will then head to the 2011 WAC Tournament in Las Vegas at the Orleans' Arena from Nov. 21-23. Tickets remain through the Bulldog Ticket Office, by calling 278-DOGS.
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