Oct. 13, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State hits the road as the Bulldogs travel to Reno, Nev., on Thursday to play their second-straight match against Nevada at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then return to the Save Mart Center to host the Aggies of Utah State Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Nevada defeated Fresno State 3-1 in Fresno last Saturday and improved to 3-4 in the WAC standings and 8-9 overall. This will be the return of Fresno State head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell and assistant coach Alanna Jackson to the gym that they played collegiate volleyball in under Nevada head coach Devin Scruggs.
Utah State and Fresno State meet for the second time this season with the Bulldogs winning the first match in Logan, Utah back on Sept. 25 in a thriller in five sets. Utah State is currently in fourth place in the WAC standings at 4-3 and have a 6-12 overall record.
Fighting Spirit Award
Head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell announced a new tradition at Fresno State, one that she brought with her from Hofstra. The award will be given to a player or group that shows consistent fighting spirit through adversity and challenge in a match. If no players show that ability, the award will not be given. That's how special this award is. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of each match on www.gobulldogs.com. For more information about the award check out the release on the website. The winners are posted below.
- Sept. 13: Kelly Leonardo
- Sept. 18: Lexi Watson
- Sept. 20: Team
- Sept. 25: Kelly Leonardo
- Sept. 27: Was not awarded
- Oct. 2: Meghan Moss
- Oct. 4: Kasey Van Grouw and Allanah Munson
- Oct. 11: Lacey Gera
New Rule Changes
The 2008 season sees collegiate volleyball making some rule changes to be more consistent with International ball. The biggest change that fans will see when they attend a Fresno State volleyball match this season is the point system. Instead of having to win a set at 30 points, teams will now need to score only 25 in the first four sets and still 15 to win a deciding fifth set if needed. The term 'game' has also been changed to 'set.'
The Fresno State Media Relations office started a new tradition in the fall of 2008. Each member of media relations will blog for his/her assigned sports at least twice when the sport is in season. Blogs will come from the media relations staff themselves along with student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other staff assigned to the team. The blogs can be found on a link on the front page of www.gobulldogs.com.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs travel to Nevada in WAC play on Thursday, October 16 for a 7 p.m. match. The `Dogs return home on Saturday, October 18 as they host Utah State at 7 p.m. It's Youth Volleyball Night and all youth volleyball teams 8th grade and under receive $2 admission to the match when wearing their team uniforms. There will also be a post-match autograph session with the team. Tickets are on sale now through the Save Mart Center Box Office, by calling (559) 485-TIXS or online at ticketmaster.com.
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