The Bulldogs (12-13, 6-6 WAC) are battling for position at the 2011 WAC Tournament
Nov. 6, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. -
The end is near for the Bulldogs, who will play their final two Western Athletic Conference regular season matches at home versus Idaho and Utah State this week on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches start at 7 p.m. PT.
The 'Dogs joined the league in 1992 and will move to the Mountain West Conference next season. Fresno State is 138-152 all-time in WAC matches and will open play at the 2011 WAC Tournament in Las Vegas on Nov. 21.
Fresno State: Weekly Match Notes
Clarke Climbing Up Bulldogs' Career Blocking List, Three Shy of Second
Senior Brianna Clarke, a middle blocker from Fresno, Calif., is just three blocks away from tying for the second-most blocks in school history. Clarke has 421 career blocks, which is also 16 shy of the career record (437) held by Suzie Regal (1989-92).
Fresno State All-Time Record vs. Upcoming Opponents (Last Meeting)
Utah State: Utah State leads 12-7 (Oct. 13, 2011: L, 3-1)
Idaho: Idaho leads 14-2 (Oct. 15, 2011: L, 3-2)
About the Idaho Vandals
Idaho (14-11, 8-4 WAC) is in third place in the WAC standings and edged the Bulldogs in a five-set thriller in Moscow earlier this year. Idaho is led by Allison Walker (4.1 kps).
About the Utah State Aggies
Utah State (11-15, 6-6 WAC) is tied for fourth in the WAC standings with Fresno State. The Aggies beat the `Dogs in four sets earlier this year and are led by Liz McArthur (3.8 kps).
Jackson Goes 1-1 as Acting Head Coach, Improves D-I Record to 4-1 Overall
Lauren Netherby-Sewell resumes full head coaching duties this week
Ed Jackson, who is in his 11th collegiate coaching season and fourth with the Bulldogs, went 1-1 as Fresno State's acting head coach for the 'Dogs matches at New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech. Head Coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in the late stages of her pregnancy and was advised by her doctors not to travel. Jackson previously served as the Associate Head Coach at the College of William and Mary and an assistant at UC Santa Barbara.
'Dogs Pound Tech Twice for Third Season Sweep over WAC Opponent
Fresno State pummeled Louisiana Tech in a pair of 3-0 sweeps this season. The wins marked the third season sweep of a conference foe by Fresno State, who has now beat San Jose State, Nevada and LA Tech twice in WAC play.
Albertson's Dominance Fuels Season Sweep of San Jose State
Sophomore transfer Lauren Albertson pounded a career-high 15 kills to help fuel Fresno State's 3-1 win (20-25, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-13) over San Jose State on Oct. 29 to wrap up a clean season sweep of the Spartans. Albertson also inserted a jolt of energy with two huge kills off the bench in the final set for the `Dogs thrilling 3-2 road win in the first meeting.
Bulldogs Complete First WAC Sweep of Pack Since `03
The Bulldogs scored a key 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-13 and 25-16) WAC victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack on Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The win propelled the 'Dogs to its first season sweep of Nevada since 2003. Fresno State also beat Nevada in thrilling fashion on Sept. 24 for a 3-2 road victory that started WAC action this year for both teams.
Fresno State Thrills on the Road for Best WAC Road Start in 16 Years
Focused on the mission at hand, Fresno State opened WAC play with a pair of thrillers. The Bulldogs knocked off Nevada and San Jose State for the program's first 2-0 WAC-opening road record since winning at CSU Northridge and UTEP in 1995. It also marked the first time since 2003 that Fresno State won its first two conference matches.
Wild Thriving on the Outside
Since the 'Dogs lost All-WAC outside hitter Marissa Brand to injury, sophomore Korrin Wild has stepped up on the outside to help fill the major void. Wild started the year at libero and returned to outside hitter in a revamped rotation. Against WAC opponents, Wild, a team captain and Valley product, sports 3.6 kills, 2.4 digs and 0.4 aces per set.
Four Bulldogs Own Combined 18 Double-Doubles
Fresno State's Barbara Alcantara (7), Korrin Wild (5), Marissa Brand (4) & Christina Lee (2) have led the 'Dogs to 18 double-doubles this season.
"We Are Your Team!" --- Don't miss the biggest volleyball match of the year when the Bulldogs host Idaho on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. It's Greek Night and the most attended greek house will win dinner with the team. All Fresno State students are free to all home volleyball matches.