Fresno State then returns home for matches against San Jose State and Hawai'i.
Oct. 24, 2005
Fresno, Calif. -
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In contrast to last week, where the Bulldogs only played one match, Volleyball has a week packed with WAC action, beginning tonight when the Bulldogs face Utah State in a rematch of the Oct. 5 meeting between the two teams. Fresno State got their first conference win in that match on the season in the North Gym, and will look to continue that success while playing on the road in Logan at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State currently stands fourth in the conference with a 5-3 record, but has lost two straight matches including losing in three to Hawai'i last week. The two teams play Oct. 24 beginning at 7 p.m. Mountain/6 p.m. Pacific. Following that match, the Bulldogs return to Fresno to play a regularly scheduled week with two conference matches on Thursday and Saturday Night. First, the Bulldogs will face the San Jose State Spartans for the first time on the season. The Spartans have a .500 record in WAC play to this point, and are led by sophmore middle blocker Jennifer Senftleben, who stands second in the WAC in kills per game for the season. San Jose State's last action was against Hawai'i as well losing in three at Honolulu. That match begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday Night in the North Gym, and will be covered by Comcast 14. Afterwards, Fresno State looks to take their chance to derail the now 100-game conference winning streak of the Rainbow Wahine as Hawai'i visits the North Gym. The Bulldogs face Hawai'i at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. That game will be covered on ESPN radio 1430, and will also be broadcast on Comcast channel 14 with Rob Emler calling the action and Brian Tsukimura providing analysis. Both the San Jose State and the Hawai'i matches will also have live scoring on the internet, found through Gametracker at www.gobulldogs.com.
Fresno State had their third five-game match of the season, and for the second time came out victorious as the Bulldogs won their only match last week on Saturday 28-30, 32-30, 30-23, 24-30, 18-16. The match was filled with extended runs and momentum shifts, in one of the most exciting matches of the year. Fresno State moved ahead in the opener, taking a 28-24 lead but Nevada won six straight points to take the opening game 30-28. Capitalizing on that momentum, Nevada opened up a 13-2 lead in the second game, but Fresno State fought back into the game, finally tying the Wolfpack at 28 before taking the second game 32-30. Splitting the next two games, the teams entered a decisive game five, where Fresno State took the early advantage at 5-2 but Nevada took a 14-12 lead and looked to have the game sewn up. Fresno State fought off the first of four Nevada match points, however, and went on to take the final game 18-16 and win the match. Junior Alison Pitton was the star for the Bulldogs, making 29 kills, a career high for Pitton and a season best for the Bulldogs. Kasie Spencer also added 17 kills, senior setter Robyn Keune had 62 assists and Fresno State's two juniors among the WAC's dig leaders cemented their spots as Cheryl Selenak had 23 digs and Cassie Gilford added 19 for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs next face Nevada on Nov. 12 in Reno.