Clarke, Gibson to Play for PVL Pro Team
April 28, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
RENO, Nev. --- Two of Fresno State's own - Mallori Gibson and Brianna Clarke - will play for the Premier Volleyball League's Dream Team today (Saturday, April 28) at 1 p.m. on the floor of the Reno Convention Center.
Gibson is one of the Bulldogs' current assistant coaches and Clarke was a four-year standout middle blocker at Fresno State.
"I am honored to be a part of the women's professional indoor volleyball league debut, Premier Volleyball League," Gibson said. "This is an exciting opportunity to help expand the popularity of indoor volleyball, as well as promote the sport at an entirely different level in the United States. It will be a lot of fun to compete at an elite level once again while playing for the Dream Team. I believe that this experience will help me to continue develop my coaching ability as I am a student of the game, and enjoy learning the ever-changing tactics and strategies of championship teams."
Gibson, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., won a Greek Cup Gold Medal for the Olympiacos Sport Club when she played professionally in Greece. She started her collegiate playing career at the University of Colorado before transferring to the University of the Pacific, where she was a two-time first-team All-Big West Conference outside hitter.
Following her senior year at Pacific, Gibson was invited to play in the United States Volleyball Open National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz., where she and her team took home the silver medal.
Gibson then served as a volunteer assistant coach at Pacific while she earned her Masters of Arts in Sports Sciences before joining the Fresno State coaching staff in August 2011.
Clarke (2008-11) just wrapped up her Fresno State career as the school's second-leading blocker with 436 blocks and also posted 1,047 career kills. She was a four-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection, including first-team All-WAC and All-WAC Tournament team honors as a senior.
"This is a great opportunity to fulfill a dream that I have had since I was eight years old to play for a professional team," Clarke said. "It's going to be a very exciting experience and I can't wait to see where adventure takes me.
In 2011, Clarke led the Bulldogs in led the team in hitting percentage (.351), total blocks (99), block assists (90), block solos (9), and points (344.0). She also recorded the second-most kills (275) and kills per set (2.51) and helped spark Fresno State to a five-set near upset of then-No. 3 Hawai'i in the WAC Semifinals.
Clarke is a native of Fresno, Calif., and prepped at Buchanan High School.
The Premier Volleyball League is a regional indoor league sanctioned by USA Volleyball. The Dream Team represents the Northern California Region and the Northern California Volleyball Association.
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