`Dogs Win Opener in WAC Tournament
Nov. 23, 2009
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.
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).
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.