Hot Oregon State Comes To Town
Sept. 10, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State opens up conference play at home this week with New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech, after hosting PAC-10 Oregon State. Tuesday night's match against Oregon State is 'Proud to be an American Night.' All military, fire and police department employees get two free tickets by showing their badge or ID at the box office on the day of the game.
This Week's Opponents: Oregon State The Beavers will be the last non-conference test of the season in Sept. for the Bulldogs. OSU is 6-3 after winning the Sacramento State Invitational this past weekend as they defeated Big Sky powerhouse Sacramento State, Cal State Northridge and Manhattan College. Also in the Beavers six-wins is WAC and No. 16 Hawai'i. Oregon State leads the series record 8-6, including a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs last season. This will be the second match of the season for FS that will be broadcasted live on ESPN 1430.
New Mexico State
The Aggies open up conference play on top of the WAC in the preseason with a 7-2 record. They ended last season with a first-round loss in the NCAA tournament after finishing second in the WAC behind Hawai'i. They finished their preseason schedule at the Ameritas Players Challenge in Lincoln, Neb., where they defeated Louisville 3-2 and were swept by No. 1 Nebraska. They host UTEP Tuesday night before traveling to Fresno. As a team, they are first in the WAC with 16.91 kills per game, 15.75 assists per game and a .267 hitting percentage. Thursday night is Faculty/Staff appreciation night. Bring your University Faculty/Staff ID card to the Save Mart Center Box Office on the day of the game and receive a special price of $1 per ticket (limit four tickets per customer).
Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech comes into the match against the Bulldogs with a 5-7 record. They open up WAC play at Nevada Thursday before traveling to face Fresno State. Fresno State defeated L. Tech in all three conference matches in 2006, including the first round of the WAC tournament. The Bulldogs lead the overall series record 8-2. The Lady Techsters lead the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.153). This match will be broadcasted on Comcast Channel 14 with Guy Haberman providing commentary. Saturday night is also Girl Scout Night as Fresno State welcomes the local troops. The Bulldog volleyball team also welcomes all fans following the match for a player autograph session.
Bulldogs Get Huge Win in Kansas Last week, the Bulldogs traveled to Manhattan, Kans. to play in the Varney's Kansas State Invitational. In an exciting opening match for Fresno State, it defeated Arkansas 3-2. The Bulldogs were down 2-0 after losing games of 30-14 and 30-13. They rallied back to win the final three games and the match. It was the first time since 2001 that Fresno State had lost the first two games and came back to win in five. It was also the biggest point deficit overcome since 30-point scoring six years ago. In game two, the Bulldogs faced No. 22 Kansas State and were swept 3-0. The Wildcats won all three matches of their own tournament to take the title. Fresno State fell in the final match of the tournament to Northern Iowa, 3-0, with game scores of 30-24, 30-28 and 30-24. Fresno State finished the tournament in third place with a 1-2 record.
Kansas State All-Tournament Team Sophomore Lacey Gera, the 2005 WAC freshman of the year, was named to the Kansas State Invitational all-tournament team as she helped the Bulldogs come back in that thrill against Arkansas on day one. Fresno State was down two games to zero and won the last three to take the match. Gera hit a team-best .182 in that match with 14 kills. She also led the team in hitting against No. 22 Kansas State (.222) and added eight kills. Kansas State's Megan Farr was named most valuable player of the Varney's Invitational as she led the Wildcats to a 3-0 record. Rita Liliom from Kansas State was also named to the team. Northern Iowa finished in second with a 2-1 record as Ashton Stelken and Shannon Aschoff were named to the team. Arkansas' Jessica Dorrell rounded out the six-member team.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The next Fresno State Volleyball match is Tuesday, September 11 on Proud to be an American Night against Oregon State at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center. All military, fire and police department employees get two free tickets by showing their badge/ID at the box office on the day of the game.