`Dogs Win Opener in WAC Tournament
    Baylee Platt helped lead the offensive attack for the 'Dogs in the historic victory.
    Baylee Platt helped lead the offensive attack for the 'Dogs in the historic victory.

    Nov. 23, 2009

    Final Stats

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. - For the first time in her coaching career, head volleyball coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell and her team defeated her former coach, Devin Scruggs and alma mater Nevada. The `Dogs took down the Wolf Pack in five sets in the opening round of the WAC Tournament. Set scores were 14-25, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24 and 15-12.

    It was the first time since 2005 and the first time ever in the WAC Tournament that the `Dogs have defeated the Wolf Pack. Fresno State improves to 15-15 on the year and advances to the WAC semifinals for the first time since 2004. The `Dogs get a re-match with No. 3 Hawai'i at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Boise State defeated Idaho in the first match of the night, 3-1, and will take on New Mexico State at 5 p.m.

    "From where we were last year to this year is just a great accomplishment for this team," said Netherby-Sewell. "For me personally, to finally, as a head coach beat my alma mater and my head coach means more to me than anyone knows. As a coach I am very proud."

    Nevada took control of set one early and was up four 15-11. Fresno State cut the lead to two (16-14) but Nevada went on a 6-0 run including three service aces to take the set.

    The `Dogs hit .258 in set one and were led by sophomores Brianna Clarke and Kelli Parker with four kills each. Senior setter Allanah Munson had eight assists and five digs to lead the team.

    Fresno State took an early lead in set two but the set went back and forth. Nevada took a three-point lead on numerous occasions but a Fresno State block by Lauren Berger and Clarke and a Nevada error gave the `Dogs the 22-21 lead.

     

     

    The `Dogs had set point at 24-23 and a kill by Berger gave the `Dogs the set and tied the match at 1-1.

    There were nine ties and six lead changes in the set.

    Sophomore Baylee Platt had five kills on eight attempts in the set to lead the `Dogs. Munson added eight more assists and Clarke had three blocks.

    After a close set three, Nevada took a 15-10 lead. Fresno State rebounded to get within one at 16-15 and force a Wolf Pack timeout.

    Fresno State tied the set at 17 before Nevada went on a 3-0 run. The Wolf Pack took a 23-19 lead and went on to take the set and a 2-1 lead in the match.

    The `Dogs took a 5-0 lead in set four, including two service aces from Munson. Fresno State maintained a five-point lead through much of the set. They extended the lead to 18-13 and forced a Nevada timeout.

    The Wolf Pack cut the lead to four at 20-16 and forced a Fresno State timeout.

    Nevada tied the set at 23 and a service error by the Wolf Pack gave the `Dogs set point. A Nevada error gave the `Dogs the set and tied the match at 2-2.

    The `Dogs hit a match-high .306 in set four.

    The decisive fifth set was tied at 8-8 but the `Dogs scored back-to-back points to take a 10-8 lead. A kill by Clarke gave the `Dogs the set and the match.

    Four `Dogs finished the night with 12+ kills, led by sophomore Lauren Berger with 15. Kelli Parker added 13 kills and Clarke and Platt each ended with 12, respectively. Platt added 13 digs for a double-double and Munson also recorded a double-double with 36 assists and 12 digs. Junior Kelly Mason had a team-high 16 digs.

    As a team, the `Dogs won the edge in kills (64-63), assists (64-61), digs (62-59) and hitting percentage (.236-.198).

    Fighting Spirit

    Tonight's `Fighting Spirit' went to the team.

    "We Are Your Team" - The `Dogs head to Las Vegas to compete in the six-team WAC Tournament Nov. 22-25. Fresno State will play on Monday against Nevada.

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