June 3, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. - Barely two months from the first action of the fall slate, Fresno State volleyball fans can now buy 2014 season tickets starting Tuesday, June 3.
The `Dogs look ahead to a 10-date volleyball home schedule at the Save Mart Center, including a home-opening exhibition against Fresno Pacific on September 23.
Afterward, the `Dogs point towards nine Mountain West Conference matches in October and November.
Season ticket options and prices are similar to last year: Adult General Admission: $40 / Flex Four Pack: $79 / Youth (Ages 5-18) & Senior (Ages 65+): $30 / Faculty & Staff: $30.
Fans can also take advantage of a new Family Flex Plan for only $79.
The four-person season ticket package gives the flexibility to exchange tickets in any combination of quantity and matches. That means four people can come to all 10 home matches, 40 people to one match, or other combinations adding up to 40 tickets for the season. Altogether, the deal works out to less than $2 per ticket / per person.
Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online (or via the ticket link at the top of the page), or can call 559-278-3647 or visit the Bulldog Ticket Office at Bulldog Stadium on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
A 2014 Bulldog season schedule is available here or via the link at the top of the page.
Two months from now, seventh-year head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell and the team begin practice on Saturday, August 9, then welcome back several former greats for a free Alumni Exhibition match on Saturday, August 23 at the Save Mart Center.
The `Dogs kick off the season with the first four weeks of their 33-match season on the road at the Rice Invitational (August 29-30), Sacramento State Invitational (September 5-6), St. John's Kissler Classic (Sept. 12-13) and Roadrunner Classic (Sept. 19-20).
Among the team's 24 opponents this fall, three are NCAA Tournament returnees - returning MW champion Colorado State, returning America East Tournament champion New Hampshire and UC Santa Barbara - and they sported RPI ratings of 23, 199 and 62 at the end of last season.
Four more of Fresno State's foes this fall also sported top-100 RPI positions at the end of 2013 - New Mexico (68), Long Beach State (80), Utah State (81) San Diego State (89).
Fresno State's list of returnees from 2013 include senior and sophomore libero/defensive specialists Christina Lee and Maggie Eppright, sophomore setter Brooke Legaux, junior and senior outside hitters Zana Bowens and Jaimee-Lee Morrow, senior right side hitter Katie Pearson, and senior and junior middle blockers Maci Murdock and Molly Pearson.
This year's Bulldog squad welcomes a talented newcomer class that features two transfers - junior setter Jelena Jovanovic (Florida Atlantic / Belgrade, Serbia) and redshirt freshman Haylee Roberts (Oregon / Bakersfield, Calif.).
The team's other four newcomers are freshmen - outside hitters Taylor Brubaker (San Clemente, Calif.) and Carly Scarbrough (Sarasota, Fla.) Calif.), middle blocker Lauren Torres (Visalia, Calif.) and defensive specialist Jacqueline Hutcheson (Exeter, Calif.)
"The Mountain West Conference is stacked with experienced squads," Netherby-Sewell said. "We're the wild card in the bunch adding a slew of newcomers from the valley, Southern California, Florida and overseas - some of whom are bound to make an impact in their first year. We'll be tagged as a 'young' team. But I dare you to count us out. We have talent and we work."
Last fall, the `Dogs (17-15, 11-9) capped their 43rd season of play with their first pair of back-to-back winning seasons since 2003 and `04, and tied for fourth place in the MW Conference - two places better than their MW Preseason Coaches Poll position.
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