July 28, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - After transferring from Fresno Pacific last fall, redshirt junior Allanah Munson (Medford, Ore.) sat out in the 2007 season but looks to hit the court in 2008 as the Bulldog volleyball team looks to a "New Era" with head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell.
"I'm really excited to be able to start playing and to get on the court with the team in a real match," said Munson.
Munson played two seasons at Fresno Pacific, an NAIA powerhouse that won the 2007 NAIA National Title. While Munson was at FPU, the Sunbirds won the Golden State Athletic Conference both seasons and were the 2006 National Runners-up with a 74-3 overall record. She played in 89 sets in her two years and led the team her freshman year with a .970 serving percentage.
Fresno Pacific and Fresno State play an annual exhibition match and for the first time in three years the Bulldogs will host that match scheduled for Sept. 3. This will be the first match between the two in the Save Mart Center.
"I'm really excited to have Fresno Pacific here," Munson added. "It'll be good for FPU as well to play in an arena such as the Save Mart Center Last year watching the match was hard, I really wanted to play. It has always been an exhibition between the two and it will be a fun competitive match."
As a redshirt, Munson was able to practice with the team but unable to compete in any scheduled matches. She was able to compete with the team for the first time in the Sacramento Spring Invitational in April in which the Bulldogs won three matches.
"In the spring having a new coach and adapting to her style was tough but our team enjoyed it," said Munson. "Right away we learned how to be competitive and learned how to win. We knew we had to step it up and we were excited to start all over fresh. Whenever you have a new coach you really want to impress them and after just a couple of weeks I could see a different level of competitive mentality that improved throughout the spring."
The team has been working out on their own in the summer until they report to fall camp on Aug. 8.
"Everyone has been giving 100-percent in the summer as far as their workouts go," Munson added. "The summer is where individuals are made and a team is made in the fall. I wanted to go above and beyond to be physically fit in the summer and focus on learning the skills in the fall."
When asked what she was most looking forward to this season Munson said she is excited to spend time with the team and travel.
"I didn't get to travel a lot last year so to hear the girls talk about going to places like Hawai'i and the atmosphere there is exciting," said Munson. "Everyone looks forward to Hawai'i and New Mexico State because those two are always top-ranked teams not only in our conference but in the country."
As far as the rest of the schedule goes, Munson will see a different level of competition then she did at Fresno Pacific and is ready to see how this team will compete.
"I am ready to take care of teams that we are the same competitive level with," Munson added. "I think the teams that are mentally tough are the teams that win in the end. We just need to pull together and stay focused and I think we did a good job of that in the spring."
Besides working out and preparing for the volleyball season, Munson was able to spend two weeks at home in Oregon with her family and take a cruise with her mom to Mexico.
"I'm really excited for our new coaches and our team is excited for the season," added Munson. "We are all really looking forward to turning around the program and to bring out a new Bulldog volleyball team to the court this year."
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - New Head Coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell and the Bulldog Volleyball team open the 2008 season on Friday, August 29th at 7 p.m. as they host Cal State Bakersfield in the Fresno State Tournament at the Save Mart Center. Be sure to purchase your Family and Friends Flex Pack which includes 48 general admission tickets (4 for each home game) to be used as you please for $89 by logging on to www.gobulldogs.com and visiting the tickets page, calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at (559) 278-DOGS, or stopping by the Bulldog Ticket Office.
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