Fundamental Focus in Fall Camp for the 'Dogs
Senior Korrin Wild and the Bulldogs are getting ready for the 2013 season by focusing on getting better every day.
Senior Korrin Wild and the Bulldogs are getting ready for the 2013 season by focusing on getting better every day.

Aug 14, 2013

Photo Gallery: 2013 Fall Camp

By Stephen Trembley & Jillian Bertolucci

FRESNO, Calif. --- After the first five days of fall camp, the hard offseason work by the Fresno State volleyball team is showing up on the court.

"Preseason has been the best I've probably had in my eight years of coaching," Bulldogs' head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said entering her eighth year as a Division I head coach and sixth at Fresno State. "It's gone well so far, but we have a long way to go until we compete."

The 'Dogs reported for camp this past Friday for a day filled with setting the tone for the upcoming season and administrative meetings before taking the court on Saturday for testing and the first full day of individual, small group and six-on-six practice.

"Our team came in super prepared this season," senior middle blocker Lauren Albertson said. "We're excited to take each practice day-by-day and just focus on each opponent - one at a time."

Fresno State, which had its best season in eight years in 2012, continues to focus on getting better every day to give the program a chance to be a serious contender in the Mountain West this year.

"We head into our second season in the Mountain West with five seniors who have been battle-tested," Netherby-Sewell said. "We are keeping it simple every day and we're just focusing on getting better. When we work hard to get better each day, then I'm happy and the results will come."

And the results have been coming for the Bulldogs with an emphasis on sound fundamentals and maintaining a consistent competitive fire.

"Our upperclassmen have lived and learned through their failures and triumphs and are ready to make each day their best," Netherby-Sewell said. "The expectation on this team is that the strong returning class helps integrate the three newcomers into our culture of hard-work, vigor and fighting spirit."

And already through the first three days of court work in fall camp, those expectations have been a daily reality.

"We've been really getting our movement patterns down and making sure we are efficient," Netherby-Sewell said. "Our players really worked hard this summer and the conditioning packet really had to do with volleyball moves, and they really did it. I can see it transfer onto to the court, so we're getting to move a little bit faster than we have in the past."

Fresno State opens the season on Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. PT versus Rice in the 2013 Bulldog Invitational.

"Catch the Wave" --- Season tickets for Fresno State Volleyball start at $55 for adults and $35 for seniors and youth. A special 12-game tournament mini-plan is available for $15 and the Family & Friends Season Flex Plan starts at $89. To purchase season tickets, please visit or call 559-278-DOGS.



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