Volleyball: ‘Dogs drop conference matchup in San Diego

It was almost a five-set showdown in San Diego on Thursday, but the Fresno State Bulldogs women’s volleyball team fell a little short.

The 3-1 loss against the San Diego State Aztecs put the Bulldogs below .500 both overall and in Mountain West Conference (MWC) play, and they will seek to get back to an even record against UNLV on Saturday.

Fresno State senior outside hitter Korrin Wild’s 17 kills led the team. Outside hitter Marissa Brand was not far behind, with 16 kills in the match. Right side hitter Holly Franks was the Bulldogs’ defensive leader, totaling four blocks.

The Aztecs began the game in control, going up 6-1 before Fresno State took a timeout. After the break, the Bulldogs began scoring points, but it was not enough to gain the upper hand. San Diego State was able to hold off their opponents and won the first set 25-19.

The Bulldogs gained their first lead of the game in their second set, but the Aztecs were not far behind. After a 7-7 tie, San Diego State outscored Fresno State 18-9 and easily took the frame 25-18.

The Bulldogs came out fierce after the half, preventing the Aztecs from ending the game quickly. Fresno State took advantage of San Diego State’s 11 errors, and Marissa Brand led the Bulldogs with four kills in the frame as they won 25-19.

In the fourth set, the Bulldogs were strong and led 14-8. Afterward, the Aztecs rallied and posted five consecutive points to lead 21-20. Franks and Katie Pearson blocked a shot by the Aztecs’ Summer Nash and tied the set 21-21. San Diego State scored the last four points and won the frame 25-21.

San Diego State is now 2-1 in the Mountain West Conference (MWC), while Fresno State is 1-2. Overall, the Bulldogs are 7-8 and Aztecs are 7-6.

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