Oct. 16, 2012
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State volleyball continues its four game homestand this week with matches against CSU Bakersfield and UNLV. The Bulldogs host the Roadrunners in a nonconference match on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.
On Friday, Oct. 19, the `Dogs host the Rebels in a battle for first place in the MW standings at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State vs. CSU Bakersfield
The Bulldogs own a 15-4 record against the Roadrunners. The last meeting was on Oct. 19, 2011 and the 'Dogs swept CSU Bakersfield in three sets. This is the first of two meetings between CSUB in 2012. Fresno State travels to Bakersfield on Oct. 25.
Scouting the Roadrunners
CSU Bakersfield is 10-10 on the season heading into Thursday night's match. The Roadrunners are 5-8 on the road in 2012. Molly O'Hagan is hitting .252 with 1.9 kills and 0.9 blocks per set. Debora Araujo is leading the team with 4.2 kills per set. The Runners are averaging 12.4 kills, 10.3 digs and 2.1 blocks per set this season.
Fresno State vs. UNLV
The Bulldogs lead the overall series 4-2. The last meeting was last season at the UNLV Classic in September. The Rebels won the match 3-2.
Scouting the Rebels
UNLV is tied with the Bulldogs for first place in the Mountain West with a 5-2 record. The Rebels have an overall record of 13-7. UNLV is 3-1 in conference matches on the road. Madeline Westman leads the Rebels with 1.4 blocks per set and is hitting .307 with 2.8 kills per set. She is among the top 10 in the MW in blocks per set and hitting percentage. UNLV averages 13.9 kills, 1.1 aces, 15.0 digs and 2.5 blocks per set.
Wild Earns Mountain West Honor
Junior Korrin Wild became the first Bulldog volleyball student-athlete to be named Mountain West Player of the Week. Wild helped the 'Dogs to a 2-0 record last week. Against Colorado State, she tied her career best by hitting .458 and recorded a double-double with 23 kills and 23 digs. Two days later against Wyoming, Wild recorded another double-double with a career-high 31 kills and 11 digs. She also added five service aces on the weekend.
Home Sweet Home
The Bulldogs return to the Save Mart Center for four straight games at home. The 'Dogs have a 4-2 record on their home court and are 3-0 in home conference matches. Fresno State plays a total of 14 games at home in 2012.
Fresno State Leading the Pack
After the eighth week of the season, the Bulldogs are among the top 10 in several individual Mountain West statistical categories. Senior Barbara Alcantara leads the conference with 11.3 assists per set. She has a total of 861 assists on the season. Junior Korrin Wild leads the conference with 0.43 aces per set, a total of 33 on the year. Maci Murdock is hitting a league best .340. Freshman Zana Bowens is eighth with 0.3 aces per set and a total of 19 service aces. Redshirt junior Marissa Brand is second in kills per set with 3.9. Christina Lee is fourth in digs per set averaging 4.3.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog volleyball continues their homestand on Oct. 18 to face CSU Bakersfield in a nonconference match up at 6 p.m. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.
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