‘Dogs dig deep on ‘Senior Day’

Seniors Lauren Torres (2) and Jacqueline Hutcheson (1) after winning 3-1 against Wyoming at the Save Mart Center on Nov, 18, 2017. (Vanessa Romo/ The Collegian)

The Fresno State volleyball team defeated the Wyoming Cowgirls 3-1 on Saturday at its Senior Celebration in the Save Mart Center.

“I think it was the most important win since I’ve been here,” senior Jacqueline Hutcheson said. “We haven’t had the best season, but finishing strong and beating the second team in conference was really exciting.”

Winning their first set 25-20, the ‘Dogs trailed 11-10 before taking a 5-0 run to take the lead. Unable to dodge a third set point, the Cowgirls gave in to an attacking error.

While struggling in the second set, the ‘Dogs were unable to contain the Cowgirls, 25-14.

“Second set has been tough for us this year,” head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. “We can’t really figure it out, but they definitely start picking on us, and we start passing pretty poorly.”

The ‘Dogs and Cowgirls tied the match 13 times, causing five lead changes in a battle for the third set.

Fresno State hit a match-best .439 with 19 kills, while Wyoming hit a day-high of .341 with 18 kills.

The ‘Dogs, trailing Wyoming 22-19 in the set, scored four straight points to take the lead. Tying the game once again, the Cowgirls eventually fell to the ‘Dogs 25-23 after kills from Aubrey Folk and Taylor Slover.

Wyoming outhit Fresno State .214-.167 while leading for most of the set. But it was the ‘Dogs’ perseverance that scored five of six points to trim the lead to 23-22.

After a match point by Wyoming, Fresno State went on a 3-0 run to take the lead and finish 27-25 after a Cowgirl service error.

“We just came together as a team, and we kind of just said, ‘We want it, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get it,’” senior Lauren Torres said.

Torres hit .364 with two blocks and six kills for the match.

“Every single year, [I’m] just getting better and learning new things and just getting to grow with these girls, growing as a person and growing as a player,” Torres said. “It’s just been a great four years.”

Hutcheson set a match-high of 17 digs and is now 10 digs away from 1,000 career digs. She has one more game to make history as the 10th player to reach this milestone.

“It’s been a really good experience, especially being a local girl from the Valley, representing as a Bulldog. It’s been fun,” Hutcheson said.

The senior duo will be competing in their last collegiate game against the UNLV Rebels at the Save Mart Center on Monday.

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