Volleyball Garners Four All-Western Athletic Conference Picks
Nov. 18, 2003
FRESNO, Calif. -
The Western Athletic Conference announced its 2003 volleyball all-league selections this afternoon and Fresno State was well represented with four picks, including two first team honorees.
Senior middle blocker Carrie Hartt (Manteca, Calif.) and junior outside hitter Kristen Fenton (Marysville, Mich.) were named to their second straight First Team All-WAC while junior middle blocker Tiffany Bishop (St. Anne, Ill.) and sophomore setter Robyn Keune (Ventura, Calif.) were selected second team.
This marks the fourth time in the history of the Bulldog volleyball program in which at least four all-conference selections were honored in the same season as well as it being the third time in which 13th-year head coach Lindy Vivas has had at least four 'Dogs honored. In addition, with 12 all-WAC honorees in the last three seasons combined, Vivas has now coached 28 all-WAC selections and 41 all-conference picks overall since arriving in 1991.
In conference action only, Hartt finished the WAC season ranked among the league's Top 10 in hitting (9th, .304), kills (T7th, 3.96 kpg) and blocks (4th, 1.38 bpg). As the Bulldogs' top blocker with 115 total blocks, she is currently second on the team in kills (344), kills per game (3.55), blocks per game (1.19) and hitting efficiency (.284). As the sixth player to total at least 300 career total blocks while posting back-to-back 100 block seasons, Hartt has spearheaded the Bulldogs' blocking game as the team currently ranks No. 24 nationally in blocks per game (2.89). With double-figure kills in 20 matches, she tallied a season-best mark of eight double-figure kill matches in which she hit .320 (135-42-291) and averaged 16.88 kills per match and 4.35 kills per game.
In WAC play, only, Fenton placed among the conference's Top 10 in hitting (10th, .279) and kills per game (4th, 4.87 kpg). During the regular-season, she has been nationally ranked all 11 weeks in kills per game and currently ranks No. 22 with a 5.12 kill per game average. The three-time WAC Player of the Week recently set a new school and North Gym record with 41 kills against CS Northridge. As the first Bulldog to post a 40-kill match, Fenton tied the country's best mark for kills in a match this fall and became the fifth player of the season and ninth overall, since 2001, to collect 40 or more kills. As the Bulldogs' top kill leader in 21 of 27 matches she has already set five school rally scoring records this season while becoming the second-fastest Bulldog, ninth overall, to collect 1,000 career kills.
In her first season at Fresno State, Bishop finished sixth in blocking (1.28 bpg) in WAC play, only. On the year she leads the team in blocks per game (1.22) while second to Hartt in total blocks (109) and fourth in kills (210, 2.36 kpg). Picking up at least one block in 26 of 27 matches played, Bishop has hit better than .300 in 10 matches while totaling nine double-figure kill matches and a double-double.
Pushed into a starting role, Keune took over at setter this season and has directed an effective Bulldogs' offense. Nationally-ranked in assists per game three times this fall, she finished fourth in assists per game (12.85) in conference matches, only. With two single-season Top 10 marks in total assists (7th, 1,317) and assists per game (2nd, 12.66), Keune became the seventh Bulldogs setter to record at least a 1,000 assist season. Having set two school rally scoring records for assists in a four- and five-game match this fall, she already ranks No. 4 in career assists per game (11.54 in 132 games) and No. 8 in career assists (1,523) as a Bulldog.