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2011 WAC Tournament Central
LAS VEGAS --- After leading Fresno State to its best regular season conference finish in eight years, the Bulldogs' Brianna Clarke, Korrin Wild and Maci Murdock received all-Western Athletic Conference recognition for their performances in league play.
Clarke, a native of Clovis, Calif., and former prep standout at Buchanan High School, earned her first career first-team nod following an impressive senior season at the net. After back-to-back second-team selections as a sophomore and junior, Clarke became Fresno State's second-leading blocker in program history and surpassed the 1,000-kill milestone.
"I'm really proud that Bri earned first-team and that we got a Bulldog on that honorable list," head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. "I'm excited for Korrin and Maci. They are both young and up and coming... I'm proud that the WAC coaches recognized them for their hard work."
She enters the WAC Tournament with 429 career blocks, which is eight shy of the school record (437) held by Suzie Regal (1989-92), and 1,017 kills throughout the four-year playing career.
In conference matches, Clarke was one of five Bulldogs to compete in all 55 sets. She was second on the team with a .337 hitting percentage, 49 blocks (0.9 bps). 136 kills and 178.0 points (3.2 pps).
Wild, a sophomore from Sanger, Calif., received her first All-WAC distinction on the second-team for her work on the outside after Fresno State revamped its rotation to rebound from losing 2010 All-WAC honoree Marissa Brand to a season-ending injury during non-conference action.
Wild played the first 11 non-conference matches at libero and averaged 4.1 digs per set in the defensive role, but returned to the outside, which she played as a freshman, for league action.
Against WAC competition, Wild delivered 214 kills (3.9 kps) and 136 (2.5 dps) while leading Fresno State back to the conference tournament. She recorded a career-high 27 kills in the Bulldogs' regular season finale 3-2 victory over Utah State.
Meanwhile, freshman Maci Murdock made waves in the middle with a strong first season in a Bulldog uniform and was rewarded by conference head coaches with a spot on the All-WAC Freshman Team.
In league action, Murdock was a dominant force offensively and defensively with a team-high 50 blocks (0.9 bps) and launched 98 kills (1.9 kps) at a .279 efficiency clip.
The all-conference teams are voted on by the eight WAC head coaches, who cannot vote for student-athletes from their own schools, and are asked to vote based on performances during conference contests.
Marissa Brand was also honored for her second career WAC Player of the Week award during the second week of the season.
"Three on a team is a great way to exit the WAC," Netherby-Sewell said. "I was really happy to see Marissa get her award as well."
Fifth-seeded Fresno State (13-14, 7-7 WAC) opens the 2011 WAC Tournament by facing fourth-seeded and defending tournament champion Utah State on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Orleans Arena.
2011 All-Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Teams
First Team Team Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Brianna Clarke Fresno State MB Sr. Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan)
Second Team Team Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Korrin Wild Fresno State OH So. Sanger, Calif. (Sanger)
All-Freshman Team Pos. Hometown (Previous School)
Maci Murdock Fresno State MB Turlock, Calif. (Pitman)
"We Are Your Team!" --- The fifth-seeded Fresno State Bulldogs will battle the fourth-seeded and defending tournament champion Utah State Aggies on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Orleans' Arena during opening round action of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Tickets are available at the Orleans Arena Box Office. The match will also be streamed live at wac.tv. Be sure to like Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and follow @FSAthletics on Twitter for the latest from Fresno State's journey at the tournament in Las Vegas.
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