'Dogs Lone Star State Bound For Season Opener
    Senior middle blocker Katie Pearson ranked 12th in the MW last year in conference play in aces per set (0.23 p/s).
    Senior middle blocker Katie Pearson ranked 12th in the MW last year in conference play in aces per set (0.23 p/s).
    Aug. 28, 2014

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    Adidas Rice Invitational
    Location: Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston, Texas
    Host: Rice (www.RiceOwls.com)
    Live Online Stream: http://www.riceowls.com/sports/w-volley/sched/rice-w-volley-sched.html

    Friday, August 29
    *2 p.m. PT - Fresno State vs. La.-Lafayette
    4:30 p.m. PT - Rice vs. UC Davis

    Saturday August 29
    9 a.m. PT - Rice vs. ULL
    *11 a.m. PT - Fresno State vs. UC Davis
    5:30 p.m. PT - UC Davis vs. ULL
    *7:30 p.m. PT - Rice vs. Fresno State


    LONE STAR PREVIEW
    The Fresno State volleyball team opens its 51st season of action this weekend with three matches in the Adidas Rice Invitational this Friday-Saturday, August 29-30.

    The `Dogs return for their seventh season under the direction of head coach Lauren Netherby Sewell with a mix of new faces expected to play more predominant roles after the graduation of three players that were accorded Mountain West year-end honors last fall.

    Among this weekend's foes, the Ragin' Cajuns come off a 19-win season in 2014; UC Davis will debut under first-year head coach Dan Conners after a 14-15 mark last year; and Rice went 11-19 last year - its first losing season since 2007 after winning +18 matches four of the prior five years.

    Last year in Fresno, the `Dogs came back from a 2-1 deficit to top Rice in five sets, thanks to a career-high 21 kills by junior outside hitter Zana Bowens.

    FRESNO STATE SEASON PREVIEW
    Three regular Bulldog starters return from 2013 - senior middle blocker Maci Murdock, and the libero duo of senior Christina Lee and sophomore Maggie Eppright - while the trio of senior middle blocker Katie Pearson, junior outside hitter Zana Bowens and junior right side hitter Molly Pearson all started between 6-13 matches last season.

    Senior outside hitter Jaimee-Lee Morrow and sophomore setter Brooke Legaux added duty in 20 and 18 matches last year, and round out the list of returnees that is balanced by two transfers and four freshmen.

    NEW TO THE `DOG POUND
    Junior transfer and setter Jelena Jovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia) was a two-year starter at Florida Atlantic, and redshirt freshman transfer and outside hitter Haylee Roberts (Bakersfield, Calif.) was a former prep All-American.

    The squad's four true freshman newcomers include defensive specialist Jacqueline Hutcheson (Exeter, Calif.), middle blocker Lauren Torres (Visalia, Calif.) and outside hitters Taylor Brubaker (San Clemente, Calif.) and Carly Scarbrough (Sarasota, Fla.).


    BULLDOG RETURNEES (2013 Season Statistics)

    Pos. # Player                  MP-MS   AVG   K   K/S   SA   SA/S  B    B/S  PTS   PTS/S
    MB   #16 Maci Murdock, Sr.     32-32  .350  247  2.02   0  0.00  110  0.90  308.5  2.53
    OH   #18 Zana Bowens, Jr.      30-13  .144  128  1.49  10  0.12   15  0.17  146.5  1.70
    MB   #8 Katie Pearson, Sr.     20-12  .194   34  0.61  12  0.21   40  0.71   68.0  1.21
    MB   #12 Molly Pearson, RJr.   18-6   .242   27  0.59   3  0.07   35  0.76   49.5  1.08
    OH   #9 Jaimee-Lee Morrow, Sr. 20-0   .167    3  0.06  10  0.20    0  0.00   13.0  0.25

    Pos. # Player MP-MS Sets A A/S SA SA/S D D/S PTS PTS/S L #5 Christina Lee, Sr. 32-26 119 938 7.88 17 0.14 328 2.76 48.0 0.40 L # 23 Maggie Eppright, So. 32-25 115 43 0.37 18 0.16 391 3.40 19.0 0.17 S #14 Brooke Legaux, So. 18-0 54 208 3.85 0 0.00 39 0.72 2.5 0.05


    OUT OF THE GATE
    With its 3-2 win at home over Rice last year, the `Dogs are 5-1 in season openers under head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell who owns the third-longest tenure in school history.

    In prior years under the seventh-year mentor, the `Dogs beat UTEP (3-1, 2012), UC Riverside (3-0, 2010) and CSU Bakersfield (3-0, 2009; 3-2, 2008), and lost to Cal Poly (3-2, 2011).

    2013 RICE MATCH REWIND
    FRESNO, Calif. (8/3/0/13) -- The `Dogs kicked off their 2013 campaign at home vs. the Owls with a five-set comeback in the Bulldog Invitational.

    The Bulldogs won the first set by a 25-22 score, but the Owls responded with second- and third-set decisions by 25-23 and 25-21 counts. Facing a 24-22 match point deficit in the fourth set, Fresno State scored the final four points behind the serving of senior outside hitter Korrin Wild en route to a 26-24 comeback and force a fifth set.

    In the final stanza, Fresno State received four kills from outside hitter Zana Bowens and three from then-senior middle blocker Lauren Albertson on their way to the 15-12 win. The Long Beach native Bowens had the best night of her short career as a Bulldog with career-highs in kills (21) and attempts (50), and also tied for the team lead in aces (2) with Wild.

    Altogether, the balanced the Fresno State offense had four other players reach double-digits in kills - Wild (18), Albertson (11, .350), middle blocker Maci Murdock (10, .667) and then-senior right side hitter Holly Franks (10). On defense, libero Christina Lee ended with 24 digs, and Murdock led in blocks (7).

    For Rice - the Conference USA preseason favorite - four players registered +10 kills: then-senior outside hitter Mariah Riddlesprigger (15, .256), right side hitter, Chelsey Harris (13, .053), middle blocker Jillian Humphrey (11, .143) and then-senior setter Megan Murphy (10 digs, 52 assists). On defense, Humphrey posted a match high 11 blocks, and libero Kimberly Vaio logged 16 digs.

    In the team comparison, Fresno State held edges in hitting (.234-.191), assists (68-60), kills (71-63), aces (5-4) and digs (68-63), and Rice held the advantage in blocks (17-12).

    PRESEASON POLL BUSTER
    Fresno State volleyball was picked eighth by Mountain West head coaches in the annual preseason poll in mid-August.

    Last year's champion Colorado State led the poll with 97 points, and received seven of the 11 first-place votes. New Mexico followed in second place with 91 points, and received the other four first-place votes.

    The upper half of the conference picks also included Utah State (third, 81), San Diego State (fourth, 73), Wyoming (fifth, 55) and Boise State (sixth, 54). UNLV (seventh, 50) stood just ahead of Fresno State, and was followed by Air Force (ninth, 31), San Jose State (10th, 21) and Nevada (11th, 12).

    In 2014, the `Dogs' will look to match or better its preseason pick for the sixth time since 2008 under Netherby-Sewell after achieving the feat in `13 (preseason - sixth / final - fourth), `12 fourth / fourth), `11 (fifth / fourth),'09 (sixth / fourth) and `08 (eighth / eighth).

    2013 SEASON WRAP-UP
    Last year, the Fresno State volleyball team (17-15, 11-9) capped its second season of Mountain West play with its 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 its MW Preseason Coaches Poll position.

    The `Dogs featured one of its greatest senior classes, led by 2013 All-MW outside hitters Marissa Brand and Korrin Wild. Brand was also one of the team's most decorated in the classroom as the eight-time Dean's List pick received her third CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District honor.

    The talented squad was also one of its most balanced as 12 of the 13 players on the roster at season's end played at least 18 matches, and all three newcomers played key roles. Then-senior right side hitter and transfer Holly Franks was selected as the MW Newcomer of the Year; freshman libero Maggie Eppright sported the MW's top digs per set average among underclassmen (3.40 p/s); and freshman setter Brooke Legaux played the final 18 matches of the year as the team unveiled a 6-2 offense.

    AND THE HONOR GOES TO...
    At the conclusion of the season, senior outside hitters Marissa Brand and Korrin Wild picked up their first MW All-Conference laurels, while senior right side hitter Holly Franks became the program's first MW Newcomer of the Year recipient.

    The duo of Brand and Wild were tabbed to the 17-person MW All-Conference Team selected by conference head coaches, and made the `Dogs one of four teams in the 11-team league that sported multiple selections.

    In prior years, Wild and Brand received All-WAC Second-Team honorees in 2011 and 2010, respectively, while Franks received her first league-based laurel after playing the 2009, `10 and `11 seasons for Cal Poly.

    The pair of honors raised head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell's total of all-league honors to eight since 2009 and 56 overall for the program since its first selection in 1979. Other prior all-league nods in her tenure went to Brianna Clarke (1st Team-2011; 2nd Team-2009, `10) and Kelly Leonardo (2nd Team-2009).

    REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
    Senior middle blocker Maci Murdock is easy to spot atop the Bulldog career hitting charts with her .329 hitting mark (.12 better than 1992 Olympian Ruth Lawanson (.317)).

    The Turlock, Calif., native also ranks top 10 on career lists for block assists (eighth, 264) and total blocks (ninth, 291).

    Season-wise, Murdock's .350 hitting mark from 2013 ranked third-best in school history behind Brianna Clarke's totals from 2010 and `11 (.365 / .351), and Murdock also stood ninth most sets played (122).

    On defense, senior Christina Lee ranks sixth in career digs (1,111), not far behind former teammate Korrin Wild (fifth, 1,203).

    Another team category leader in 2013 - libero Maggie Eppright - posted the second-best digs mark ever among Bulldog freshman (391) - 50 behind Tricia Tuley's school record (441, 1993).

    SKED CRED
    The `Dogs will face a challenging regular season slate in 2014 that features trips to four time zones and contests vs. foes from 10 different conferences (America East, Big East, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Ivy, Mountain West, Northeast, Sun Belt and WAC)

    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) and SDSU (89).

    This season's conference schedule will have two less matches than last year so that teams could schedule more non-conference dates during the early season. Otherwise, Fresno State will play home and away matches vs. nine of its 10 MW foes, and one match against New Mexico (in Fresno) and Air Force (at Colorado Springs).

    In the 2014 AVCA preseason poll, four Fresno State foes stood top 25 or received votes - No. 18 Colorado State, No. 34 UCSB, No. 38 Long Beach State and No. 39 New Mexico.

    ALL-TOURNAMENT PROPS
    Last fall, senior middle blocker Maci Murdock was one of four team members (and the only returnee in 2014) that staked all-tournament honors in the non-conference slate, thanks to her performance in the Fresno State Classic. In prior years, she also won a pair of honors in 2012 at Colorado and UTEP; while senior libero Christina Lee was a San Diego All-Tournament selection in `12.

    HEAD OF THE CLASS
    Team-wise this past summer, the `Dogs received the American Volleyball Coaches (AVCA) Academic Team Award for the fifth straight season for their combined +3.30 grade point average for the academic year. Fresno State was the only Mountain West Conference team and one of five from California of the 109 NCAA Division 1 programs honored nationally (with Pacific, Stanford, San Francisco and St. Mary's).

    Individually last fall, the `Dogs' 13-person roster led the league in Academic All-MW accolades as it had 12 players maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA in the fall and played in 50 percent of the contests.

    All-MW choice and senior outside hitter Marissa Brand was equally up to par with her third straight Capital One Academic All-District 8 honor. The Cypress, Calif., native won her first honor in 2011 with teammate Cecilia Agraz - the latter being the first two-time honoree in the program history (2011, 1st Team; 2010, 2nd Team) and the Bulldogs' first Academic All-American (2011).

    GOLDEN STATE PRIDE
    With 11 of the team's 14 players from California, it's again easy to spot a large cheering section of family and friends at `Dog matches this year.

    Four Bulldogs are within two hours of Fresno - freshman middle blocker Lauren Torres (Visalia, 40 miles) and defensive specialist Jacqueline Hutcheson (Exeter, 44 miles), redshirt freshman outside hitter Haylee Roberts (80 miles) and senior middle blocker Maci Murdock (Turlock, 88 miles),

    Seven other `Dogs are from the area and within 300 miles - sophomore libero Maggie Eppright (San Luis Obispo, 138), senior middle blocker Katie Pearson & redshirt junior right side hitter Molly Pearson (San Jose, 152), senior libero Christina Lee (San Francisco, 188), junior outside hitter Zana Bowens (Long Beach, 242), sophomore setter Brooke Legaux (Mission Viejo, 266) and freshman outside hitter Taylor Brubaker (290 miles).

    The team's 12th, 13th and 14th members - freshman Carly Scarbrough, senior outside hitter Jaimee-Lee Morrow and junior setter Jelena Jovanovic - unfortunately ruin the team average. Jovanovic's home in Belgrade is approximately 6,275 miles from Fresno, and Morrow's home in Mooroolbark, Australia (pron. MERL-bark, and located near Melbourne) is 7,968 miles away.

    DOUBLE YOUR FUN
    Bulldog fans and foes will again see double this season with the squad sporting a pair of strikingly similar faces in the front row - senior middle blocker Katie Pearson and redshirt junior right side hitter Molly Pearson. The identical twins matriculated from Presentation High School in San Jose, and played 20 and 18 matches last season.

    A redshirt junior and starter in six matches in 2013, Molly posted a team season high in blocks vs. Utah State (9), and career highs in kills (7) vs. Belmont and hitting vs. Xavier (.857). Katie, a senior, posted career highs in 12 starts in October and November 2013 vs. Air Force (.500, 5 kills, 4 aces, 9 points, 5 digs), New Mexico (5 blocks), SJSU (5 kills, .500) and Nevada (5 blocks).

    As preps, the duo helped their Presentation team to a fifth-place MaxPreps.com national finish and a spot in the NorCal Division II finals.

    RPI ON THE RISE
    Fresno State finished the 2013 campaign ranked 100th among the 330 Division 1 team nationally and fifth in the league. The remaining MW teams' rankings follow: Colorado State (21), New Mexico (68), Utah State (81), San Diego State (87), UNLV (131), Wyoming (137), Boise State (145), Air Force (217), San José State (239) and Nevada (273).

    Last season's year-end RPI rating was just shy of its final 2012 position (90) - the team's best since 2004 - and a 2014 version will be posted here each week starting in mid-October ( http://bit.ly/nPekF9 ).

    Before the arrival of seventh-year head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell, the `Dogs stood in the lower half of the 332 Division 1 programs for four years. The program's resurgence has featured a three-year streak in the nation's upper half - 2012 (90), 2011 (138) and 2010 (150) - and a complete listing of rankings the last 11 years follows: 2012: 90; 2011: 138; 2010: 150; 2009: 217; 2008: 275; 2007: 261; 2006: 223; 2005: 180; 2004: 93; 2003: 45; 2002: 46

    TOP OF THE MW
    In the span of five weeks in October and early November last year, the Bulldogs landed 58 aces in 29 sets to jump seven spots to the top of the MW rankings. A month later, the `Dogs still led the league at season's end with a 1.25 per set average (and 0.04 better than second-place Boise State and Utah State (tied, 1.21)) - and the second straight season it held top conference billing in aces.

    Fresno State's other season-end rankings in team categories follow: kills (third, 13.49 p/s), assists (third, 12.67 p/s), hitting (fourth, .226), opponent hitting (sixth, .209), digs (sixth, 14.51 p/s) and blocks (seventh, 2.07 p/s).

    Individually, two `Dogs ranked second in league categories - then-senior right side hitter Holly Franks (aces, second, 0.31 p/s) and then- senior outside hitter Korrin Wild (kills, 3.77 p/s; points, 4.24 p/s). Wild also stood sixth in aces (0.29 p/s), eighth in double-doubles (11) and 20th in digs (2.57 p/s), and Franks ranked eighth in points (3.52 p/s), 13th in double-doubles (8) and 17th in kills (2.80 p/s)

    Other Bulldog individuals with MW rankings included middle blocker Maci Murdock (hitting, eighth, .350), then- senior outside hitter Marissa Brand (kills, eighth, 3.17 p/s; points, 10th, 3.50 p/s; double-doubles, 11th, 9; hitting, 20th, .261), libero Maggie Eppright (3.40 p/s) and Christina Lee (double-doubles, sixth, 12; assists, eighth, 7.88 p/s; digs, 16th, 2.76).

    In MW-only play, Brand was even more impressive and ranked third in kills (3.78 p/s) and points (4.18 p/s); Murdock stood ninth in blocks (1.05 p/s); and junior middle blocker Katie Pearson stood 12th in aces (0.23 p/s).

    ON THE NCAA CHARTS
    Team-wise last fall, Fresno State stood top 100 nationally in two season-end categories - kills (76th, 13.49 p/s) and assists (76th, 12.67 p/s) - and its other rankings follow: hitting (101st, .226), aces (128th, 1.25 p/s), blocks (158th, 2.07 p/s) and digs (192nd, 14.51).

    Individually, three `Dogs stood top 100 - then-senior outside hitter Korrin Wild (kills, 63rd, 3.77 p/s; points, 76th, 4.24 p/s), middle blocker Maci Murdock (hitting, 70th, .350) and then-senior right side hitter Holly Franks (aces, 163rd, 0.31 p/s).

    NEWCOMER PROFILES
    This fall, the `Dogs welcome four freshmen and two transfers to ease the loss five seniors after the 2013 campaign.

    Junior setter Jelena Jovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia) started the 2012 and `13 seasons at Florida Atlantic, and the former team captain played all 56 of the team's matches the two years combined. Last year, she averaged 9.32 assists per set, and ranked second on the team and 18th in the Conference USA in aces (0.22 p/s). As a freshman, she led the team in both categories (9.11 assists / 0.29 aces per set) en route to sixth-place rankings in the Sun Belt Conference in each at season's end.

    Redshirt freshman Haylee Roberts (Bakersfield, Calif.) originally signed with Oregon as a prep senior but did not play for the Ducks in 2013. As a prep, the three-time All-Area pick was an All-Area MVP for Liberty High School as a senior in 2012. A Prep Volleyball Senior Ace nominee, she was also accorded Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 and Under Armour All-America Honorable mention status.

    Freshman Taylor Brubaker, a 6-0 outside hitter, helped lead San Clemente High School to a league title and runner-up finish in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and CIF third- and second-round placings. A captain her senior year, the three-time letterwinner was the team's most dominant outside hitter winner in 2012, and a Regional High Performance Team selection in 2010.

    Freshman Carly Scarbrough, a 6-1 outside hitter, was a key member of Riverview High School squads that claimed a league title and runner-up finish. The four-year letterwinner was a team captain, MVP and all-area team choice in 2012. She also was a Florida Indoor High Performance selection in 2011 and `12 and Team USA Indoor High Performance selection in 2012.

    Freshman Lauren Torres, a 6-0 middle blocker, helped lead her El Diamante High School team to three West Yosemite League titles, a D-II championship and runner-up finish, and 102-22 record. The team captain also picked up Best Defensive Player, Coaches Award and Most Improved honors during her career, and became the first Miner to receive a Division 1 volleyball scholarship.

    FIGHTING SPIRIT TRACKER
    Head Coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell introduced the Fighting Spirit Award to Fresno State in 2008 and continued the tradition she inherited at Hofstra from Hall of Fame coach Fran Kalafer. Netherby-Sewell presents the award to an individual or the team on a weekly basis for the best display of a fighting spirit through adversity and challenges.

    At the end of the season, the individual or team who earns the most awards during the season receives the year-end Fighting Spirit Award.

    In 2013, the squad shared the honor seven times, and other individuals selected included Marissa Brand (4), Holly Franks (4), Korrin Wild (4), Maci Murdock (2), Christina Lee (1), Molly Pearson (1), Katie Pearson (1), Zana Bowens (1), Lauren Albertson (1) and Megan Callahan (1)

    Past year-end recipients have included Allanah Munson and Baylee Platt (2008), the entire team (2009, 13), Kelly Mason (2010) and Korrin Wild (2012), and this year's weekly honorees follow:

    GET YOUR TICKETS
    Fans can still buy 2014 season tickets for the 10-date home schedule at the Save Mart Center that is kicked off by a home-opening exhibition against Fresno Pacific on September 23, and 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.


    2014 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON COACHES POLL

    1. Colorado St. (7), 97   7. UNLV, 50
    2. New Mexico (4), 91     8. Fresno St., 40
    3. Utah State, 81         9. Air Force, 31
    4. San Diego State, 73   10. SJSU, 21
    5. Wyoming, 55           11. Nevada, 12
    6. Boise State, 54

    2014 PRESEASON ALL-MW TEAM
    Adrianna Culbert, Jr., OPP, CSU
    Kelsey Snider, Sr., MB, CSU
    Chantale Riddle, Sr., OPP, UNM
    Elle Brainard, Jr., OPP, US
    Erin Kirby, Sr., MB, WY

    Preseason POY: Chantale Riddle, Sr., OPP, UNM
    Preseason Setter of Year: Deedra Foss, Sr., S, CSU
    Preseason Libero of Year: Allison Davies, Sr., UNLV

    2013 MW STANDINGS

    Team                 MW      %   Season    %
    1. #12 Colorado St. 19-1   .950   28-2   .933
    2. New Mexico       14-6   .700   24-7   .714
    3. Utah State       13-7   .650   20-11  .645
    4. Fresno State     11-9   .550   17-15  .531
       Wyoming          11-9   .550   21-13  .618
       San Diego St.    11-9   .550   16-14  .533
       UNLV             11-9   .550   16-14  .533
    8. Boise State       8-12  .400   14-16  .467
    9. San Jose St.      5-15  .250    8-23  .258
       Air Force         5-15  .250    8-24  .250
    11. Nevada           2-18  .100    4-28  .125

    2013 BULLDOG MW STAT RANKINGS
    Holly Franks - Aces, 2nd, 7, vs. Wichita State, 4s
    Marissa Brand - Kills, 5th, 22, vs. San Jose State, 5s
    Korrin Wild - Kills, 5th, 22, vs. Wyoming, 4s
    Holly Franks - Aces, 4th, 5, vs. SJSU, 3s
    Maggie Eppright - Digs, 7th, 28, vs. Utah State, 4s
    Maci Murdock - Hitting, 9th, .632 (12-0-19), vs. UNM, 5s
    Maggie Eppright - Digs, 9th, 27, at UC Irvine, 4s
    Christina Lee - Digs, 9th, 27, vs. Santa Clara, 5s
    Korrin Wild - Kills, 10th, 21, vs. Santa Clara, 5s
    Marissa Brand - Kills, 10th, 21, vs. American, 5s
    Zana Bowens - Kills, 10th, 21, vs. Rice, 5s
    Holly Franks - Points, 11th, 24, vs. Utah State, 4s
    Zana Bowens - Points, 11th, 24, vs. Rice, 5s
    Korrin Wild - Points, 13th, 23.5, vs. UNM 5s
    Korrin Wild - Aces, 14th, 4, vs. Nevada, 3s
    Katie Pearson - Aces, 14th, 4, vs. USAFA, 4s
    Molly Pearson - Blocks, 16th, 9 (1-8) vs. Utah St., 4s
    Korrin Wild - Points, 16th, 23 vs. Wyoming, 4s
    Marissa Brand - Points, 16th, 23 at SJSU, 5s


    2014 AVCA PRESEASON POLL (8/11)

    Rk. Team (1PV)      Pts   2013 NCAA Finish
    1   Penn St. (32) 1,417   1st
    2   Texas(11)     1,389   Semifinalist
    3   Stanford (7)  1,356   Round of 8
    4   Washington    1,280   Semifinalist
    5   USC (2)       1,272   Round of 8
    6   Wisconsin (8) 1,264   2nd
    7   Nebraska      1,149   Round of 8
    8   Purdue          980   Round of 8
    9   BYU             924   Round of 16
    10  Florida         897   Round of 32
    11  Illinois        813   Round of 16
    12  Minnesota       802   Round of 16
    13  Florida State   695   Round of 16
    14  San Diego       628   Round of 16
    15  Missouri        547   Round of 32
    16  Michigan State  494   Round of 16
    17  Hawai'i         481   Round of 32
    *18 Colorado State  472   1st Round
    19  Kentucky        452   Round of 32
    20  North Carolina  378   1st Round
    21  Duke            361   Round of 32
    22  Kansas          232   Round of 16
    23  Creighton       184   Round of 32
    24  American        134   Round of 16
    25  Arizona State   129   1st Round

    Others Receiving Votes: Oregon 115; Oklahoma 114; California 111; Marquette 102; Arizona 60; Iowa State 59; LSU 52; Colorado 32; *UC Santa Barbara 26; Michigan 23; UCLA 23; CS Northridge 19; *Long Beach State 11; *New Mexico 9; UT San Antonio 3. (*=FS opponents in `14)


    NOTABLE CAREER STATS

    CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES

    Christina Lee (14 / 12-2013) - Senior, L
    9/13/13 vs. Belmont, 5s (57 assists, 13 digs)
    9/14/13 vs. CSUB, 3s (27 assists, 14 digs)
    9/14/13 vs. #20 Oregon, 3s (30 assists, 10 digs)
    9/21/13 at UC Irvine, 4s (51 assists, 17 digs)
    9/26/13 vs. Utah State, 4s (50 assists, 13 digs)
    9/28/13 vs. Boise St., 5s (57 assists, 19 digs)
    10/3/13 at San Diego St., 4s (35 assists, 10 digs)
    10/19/13 vs. USAFA, 4s (40 assists, 18 digs)
    11/1/13 at SJSU, 5s (35 assists, 10 digs)
    11/7/13 vs. UNLV (35 assists, 16 digs)
    11/9/13 vs. SDSU (41 assists, 14 digs)
    11/25/13 vs. Wyoming (37 assists, 12 digs)
    8/26/11 vs. Cal Poly, 5s (26 assists,12 digs)
    9/16/11 at UNLV, 5s (29 assists, 3 digs)

    Zana Bowens (2-2013) - Junior, OH
    8/31/13 vs. Santa Clara, 5s (20 kills, 12 digs)
    9/21/13 at UC Irvine, 4s (17 kills, 15 digs)

    +20 KILLS

    Zana Bowens
    21 - 5s, vs. Rice, 8/30/13
    20 - 5s, vs. Santa Clara, 8/31/13

    +4 ACES

    Katie Pearson
    4 - 4s, vs. USAFA, 10/19/13*

    +50 ASSISTS

    Christina Lee
    57 - 5s, vs. Boise State, 9/28/13
    57 - 5s, vs. Belmont, 9/13/13
    51 - 4s, vs. UC Irvine, 9/21/13
    50 - 4s, vs. Utah State, 9/26/13

    +8 BLOCKS

    Molly Pearson
    9 - 4s, vs.Utah State, 9/26/13*

    Maci Murdock
    10 - 5s, at UTEP, 8/24/12 8 - 5s, v. Boise State, 9/28/13

    +25 DIGS

    Maggie Eppright
    28 - 4s, vs. Utah St., 9/26/13
    7 - 4s, at UC Irvine, 9/21/13

    Christina Lee
    34 - 5s, vs. Sac. St., 9/7/12
    34 - 5s, vs. Wyoming, 10/13/12
    28 - 5s, vs. UCSB, 9/15/12
    27 - 5s, vs. Santa Clara, 8/31/13
    27 - 4s, Utah State, 10/13/11


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    NCAA Championships Handbooks: http://www.ncaapublications.com/
    NCAA Record Books: http://www.ncaa.org/championships/statistics/ncaa-volleyball-records-books
    Mountain West Conference: www.theMWC.com
    Federation International Volleyball: www.FIVB.org
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