Fresno State will have four conference matches before entering WAC Championship play Nov. 22.
Nov. 6, 2006
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Bulldogs Host Idaho and Boise State in Last Homestand
The Fresno State women's volleyball team will play this week in its last two conference matches at home against Idaho and Boise State. Idaho boasts a 7-4 mark in the conference and a 8-15 record overall. Boise State sits in seventh place in the WAC with a record of 3-8 and 10-14 overall.
The Vandals split matches last week winning 3-0 against Louisiana Tech and losing 3-0 to No. 23 New Mexico State. Fresno State lost 3-0 to Idaho away the last time they met this year by scores of 30-25, 30-25 and 30-22. The Vandals are currently leading the series 5-1.Head coach Debbie Buchanan is in her sixth season and has compiled a 98-102 record. She finished 2005 with a fifth place finish in the conference and a 16-14 record overall.
Idaho (7-4 WAC, 8-15):
The Vandals have three key returners in senior middle blocker Amanda Bowman, senior setter Saxony Brown and senior middle blocker Erin Curtis. Bowman is second on the team with 231 kills averaging 2.69 kpg. She is also third on the team with 210 digs. Brown has recorded 162 kills on the year for an average of 1.88 kpg. She is second on the club with 361 assists and second on the team with 213 digs. Curtis has recorded 218 kills for an average of 2.53 kpg. She is leading the team with 94 total blocks.
Scouting Boise State
Last week the Broncos lost 3-0 against No. 23 New Mexico State and won 3-0 against Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs lost to Boise State 3-0 in the last match that both teams met by close scores of 31-29, 31-29, and 30-20. Fresno State currently leads the series record 12-3. Boise State finished last year with an 8-18 record overeall. Head coach Robin Davis is in his first year. Davis previously served as the associate volleyball head coach at the University of Notre Dame.
Boise State (3-8, 10-14):
Fresno State vs. Opponents
The Broncos have three key returners in junior outside hitter Jamie Claussen, senior middle blocker Cameron Flunder and sophomore Jeanette Jenkins. Claussen is third on the team with 165 kills averaging 2.01 kpg. She is second on the team with 237 digs and has 31 total blocks. Flunder has 260 kills on the year averaging 3.29 kpg. She leads the team in hitting percentage at .326 and blocks with 69 total. Jenkins is second on the team with 235 kills averaging 3.29 kpg.
The Bulldogs have tallied 1,148 kills on the year with 3,631 team attacks on a percentage of .129. while the opponents have marked 1,295 kills on 3,364 team attacks on a percentage of .251. Fresno State has played good defense combining for a total of 1,351 digs while the opponent has registered for 1,466 digs. Overall, the Bulldogs are averaging 13.35 kills, 12.42 assists, 15.71 digs and 17.06 points per game. Fresno State opponents are averaging 15.06 kills, 13.86 assists and 17.05 digs per game.
The Bulldogs Play Well At Home
Since 1980 the Bulldogs have recorded 16 winning seasons at home. Fresno State ended its season on home court 11-2 in 2002. In 2003 the Dogs finished with a 9-2 home record. In 2004 Fresno State swung an 8-3 home record and have recorded some of its best seasons as of late. Fresno State has currently won its last two of four games at home.
Fresno State vs. San Jose State
The Fresno State volleyball team dropped a three-game decision by scores of 30-26, 30-17 and 30-18 to San Jose State at Spartan Gym Thursday night. Freshman outside hitter Lacey Gera led the club with 13 kills and right behind her was junior outside hitter Alisha McKee who finished with 10. Junior setter Tiffany Hess served up 21 assists and Lisa Gera added 17.
Fresno State vs. Cal State Northridge
The Fresno State volleyball team lost a five game match by scores of 30-26, 25-30, 30-27, 28-30 and 15-8 against Nevada on Senior Night in front of 687 fans in the Virgina Street Gym. The win was number nine in the conference for the Wolfpack as they improved to 15-10 on the season. The Bulldogs are now 2-10 in the WAC and 4-20 overall. The Bulldogs were led by many members from the team on every spot of the court. Junior outside hitter Alisha McKee led the club with 17 kills on a .265 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Lacey Gera was second with 14 kills and senior outside hitter Alison Pitton and junior outside hitter Angela Wiggins tallied 12 kills. Lisa Gera led the team with 25 assists and Tiffany Hess contributed 24. Senior libero Cassie Gilford had 17 digs.
2006 Key Player Highlights
Junior outside hitter Angela Wiggins recorded two of the most crucial points for the Bulldogs in game five with a victory over UC Davis 9/16/06. The Aggies were up 15-14 until Wiggins drilled a shot to tie it up at 15 a piece. Senior libero Cheryl Selenak answered with a service ace giving the Bulldogs a 16 -15 lead. Shortly, thereafter, junior setter Tiffany Hess set up a pass for Wiggins to take home the match at 17-15.
In game three against Utah State junior setter Tiffany Hess landed a critical left handed hook shot that put the Bulldogs up a point 33-32. At one point the gamewas tied up at 40 a piece on an Angela Wiggins kill. This was the second highest scoring game for Fresno State volleyball, but the Bulldogs lost 3-1 (17-30,30-28,40-42,22-30).Since rally scoring in 2001 the Bulldogs highest scoring match was Nov. 3 against San Jose State in a match they lost 3-1 (25-30,26-30,30-17,44-46).
The Bulldogs were down two games to one going into the fourth game against Louisiana Tech. Fresno State would take a three point lead at 28-25 on a kills by Karlie Houston, Alison Pitton and Tiffany Hess and win game four 30-26. In game five and the score tied up at five a piece Pitton recorded a slam that would give the Bulldogs momentum and a one point lead at 6-5. The next two points were recorded by Fresno State on kills by Alisha McKee and Kelly Leonardo with the score at 8-5. Alisha McKee produced two more kills that would put the game out of reach at 11-7 and the Bulldogs winning the match 15-8.
2006 Individual Conference Leaders
The Bulldogs currently have six players that are Top 10 in the Western Athletic Conference individual statistics. Tiffany Hess who has played in 47 conference games is 10th in the conference with 277 assists averaging 5.89. Lisa Gera is right behind Hess playing in 45 conference games and is 11th with 238 assists averagaging 5.29 a game. Jamie Temperino is 9th in the conference in hitting percentage with 41 games played on 55 kills for a .291 hitting percentage. Angela Wiggins is 10th in the conference averaging 3.58 kills per game. Wiggins is tied in 6th place with two other players at .034 service aces per game. Cassie Gilford is sixth in digs averaging 3.66 a game.
R-Fr., OH, Lacey Gera
Has played in a total of 81 games this year and has made an immediate impact on the team leading with a total of 242 kills on a total of 691 team attacks averaging (.191).
Fr., S, Lisa Gera
Appeared in 84 games in 2006 and is second on the team in assists with a total of 450.
Jr., S, Tiffany Hess
Has appeared in 86 games in 2006 and is leading the team with 464 assists.
Sr., DS Cassie Gilford
A very prominent player that moved into the libero position bringing experience to the squad playing in 73 games recording 242 digs.
Jr., MB Hollee Hellwig
Has played in seven games and recorded four kills on 11 team attacks.
Fr., S Cori Hayes
A very young promising player who has played in 48 games and landed 54 kills.
Fr., OH, Karlie Houston
Has brought some power to the Bulldog lineup playing in 26 games on 56 kills for 64 total points.
Fr., MB, Kelly Leonardo
A young player that looks promising who has played in 69 games with 72 total kills and has added 37 total blocks in 2006.
Jr., MB, Alisha McKee
Appeared in 24 matches in 2005, starting 20 ... set a career high with 23 kills against Louisiana Tech ... 2005 Fresno State Scholar-Athlete, WAC Scholar-Athlete & Dean's List. In 2006 Mckee has played in 61 games and is third on the team with 183 kills and has 27 total blocks.
Sr., OH/DS, Alison Pitton
Appeared in 23 matches in 2005 ... made 13 kills against North Carolina and made 12 digs ... made a season and career high 26 kills in a five-game win over Utah State ... bested that mark with 29 kills against Nevada ... two-time Deans List ... Appeared in 78 games in 2006 and has recorded 152 kills. Pitton recorded a double-double 9/16/06 vs UC Davis with 15 kills and 30 digs.
R-Fr., OH, Nichole Sandino
Has appeared in 25 games and has recorded 23 kills in 2006.
Jr., L/DS, Cheryl Selenak
Team Captain ... returned as the libero, made a season-high 28 digs against North Carolina ... joined squad after transferring from California junior college power Golden West. In 2006 Selenak has played in 52 games and is leading the team with 232 digs avergaing double digits in every game but two (9/1/06) vs. No. 14 USC and (9/2/06) vs Loyola Marymount. Selenak has a total of 171 digs.
Fr., MB, Jamie Temperino
Has played in 62 games in 2006 and has tallied 64 kills, 62 digs and leads with 52 total blocks.
Fr., MB, Lexi Watson
Has played in 42 games with 47 kills on 142 total attacks and has 30 total blocks.
Jr., OH, Angela Wiggins
Played in 26 matches, starting 13 ... led the team in kills against Pacific, with 12 ... made 21 kills against San Jose State, a career high ... averages 2.75 kills per game, third on the team. In 2006 Wiggins has played in 66 games with 211 kills and has 40 total blocks.