Aug. 7, 2012 By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team reported for fall camp on Tuesday morning. The two week preseason camp will help the Bulldog prepare for the 2012 season, which begins on Aug. 24 against UTEP.
The first morning began with team introductions, which weren't long with only one new student-athlete joining the 'Dogs this season. The Bulldogs attended a compliance meeting and next completed physicals before breaking for lunch. After lunch, the Bulldogs held a team meeting and were issued equipment and gear.
"Our goal is to hit the ground running and learn to win fast," said head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "It'll be a challenge, but an easier one than last season with seven newcomers. We know who we are, it's just a matter of health and who's ready to be a star."
Fresno State returns 12 student-athletes from last year's squad, including all-conference selections Korrin Wild, Marissa Brand and Maci Murdock. Seniors Cecilia Agraz and Barbara Alcantara lead the Bulldogs into the Mountain West for their first season with the new conference. Also returning are Megan Callahan, Lauren Albertson, Christina Lee, Kristen Sciacca, Katie and Molly Pearson and Jaimee-Lee Morrow.
Netherby-Sewell, who is entering her fifth season at Fresno State, welcomed newcomer Zana Bowens. The freshman, a 5-8 outside hitter, hails from Long Beach, Calif. and lettered four years at Long Beach Poly High School.
This past offseason, the Bulldogs focused on preparing for the upcoming season by working out and playing as much volleyball as possibly. Many competed in grass, sand and other tournaments.
Also new to the 'Dogs roster is assistant coach Justin Hutchins. Netherby-Sewell added Hutchins to the coaching staff in March of 2012. Hutchins comes to Fresno State after most recently coaching at Cal Poly.
The Bulldogs open the 2012 season on Aug. 24 on the road at the El Paso Sport Commission Invite featuring Fresno State, host UTEP, Arizona State and Idaho State.
Season tickets are available now for $55 (adults) and $35 (senior and youth) while a Family & Friends Flex Pack can be purchased for only $89 and allows four fans to attend every match.
"Discover Fresno State Volleyball!" Catch the action on 790 ESPN The Deuce, which is the flagship radio station for Bulldog Volleyball.
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