Dogs open MW play at UNM, AF


Highlights

  • The Bulldogs open Mountain West play this week at New Mexico & Air Force.
  • The 'Dogs have won three straight MW openers.

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball team opens Mountain West play at New Mexico and Air Force.

Fresno State at New Mexico (10-2, 1-0 MW)

Sept. 23, 2021 • 5:30 P.M. PT • Johnson Center • Albuquerque, N.M.

Series History: Fresno State leads 16-15 • Last: FS 3-11 (3/27/21)

Fresno State at Air Force (3-8, 0-1 MW)

Sept. 25, 2021 • 11 A.M. PT • Cadet East Gym • USAFA, Colo.

Series History: Fresno State leads 11-9 • Last: FS 3-2 (3/6/21)

Bulldog Bones

  • Fresno State opens Mountain West play this week staying on the road traveling to New Mexico and Air Force.
  • The 'Dogs closed out non-conference action last week in Washington falling to No. 7 Washington in three sets and defeated Montana State in four sets.
  • Desiree Sukhov notched Fresno State's first triple-double as a member of the Mountain West against Montana State leading the 'Dogs with 14 kills, 13 digs & 10 service aces.
  • Sukhov set a new program record for service aces in a single match with 10 surpassing the previous high mark of seven set by Holly Franks in 2013.
  • The Bulldogs have won three straight MW openers and are 5-4 in MW openers.
  • The 'Dogs have notched road wins in 2012 & 2018 at New Mexico and 2015 & Spring 2021 at Air Force as members of the MW.

By The Numbers

3 - The 'Dogs have won three straight Mountain West openers

14 – Desiree Sukhov is one of only 14 players to record a triple-double this season

33 – Grace Doyle ranks second in the MW & 33rd in the nation in hitting pct. (.410)

Glance back at last week

  • The 'Dogs fell in straight sets to No. 7 Washington, their first ranked opponent since 2019 & highest ranked foe since 2011, and defeated Montana State in four sets.
  • The Bulldogs closed out non-conference action with a 4-4 mark earning wins over CSUN, UC Riverside, Ohio and MSU.

Sukhov notches triple-double

  • Sukhov tallied Fresno State's first triple-double as a member of the Mountain West against Montana State leading the Bulldogs with 14 kills, 13 digs & 10 service aces.
  • Sukhov is one of only 14 players in the nation to record a triple-double this season and the only one from the Mountain West.

Fresno State in Mountain West openers

  • Fresno State is 5-4 in Mountain West openers with wins over Boise State (2012), Utah State (2013), San Diego State (2018), Nevada (2019) & San Diego State (Spring 2021).
  • Fresno State has won three straight MW openers.
  • The 'Dogs have opened MW play on the road in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 & Spring 2021.

2021 MW/NCAA rankings

  • Service aces per set: 1.87 (3rd MW/35th NCAA)
  • Blocks per set: 1.97 (7th MW/170th NCAA)
  • Total service aces: 58 (7th MW/165th NCAA)
  • Opponent hitting percentage: .219 (8th MW/226th NCAA)
  • Grace Doyle: Hitting pct: .410 (2nd MW/33rd NCAA)
  • Desiree Sukhov: Service aces per set: 0.61 (2nd MW/12th NCAA)
  • Sukhov: Service Aces: 19 (5th MW/43rd NCAA)

'Dogs in non-conference action

  • Fresno State posted a 4-4 record in non-conference action and is now 19-14 in non-conference action under Coach Winder.
  • The Bulldogs are a perfect 4-0 when leading their opponents in kills, hitting percentage and service aces.

Scouting New Mexico

  • New Mexico is off to a 10-2 start to the season with seven straight sweeps to start the season.
  • The Lobos only two losses have come to UC San Diego and Northern Arizona.
  • New Mexico opened MW play on Tuesday with a sweep at home over Air Force.
  • UNM went 4-10 in the spring and placed 10th in the Mountain West.
  • The Lobos lead the MW in digs per set (16.49), kills per set (13.51), opponent hitting percentage (.109) & digs (643) and sit second in assists per set (12.23), hitting percentage (.263) & attacks per set (34.74).
  • Alena Moldan leads the MW in digs per set (5.00) and ranks 28th in the nation, setter Melissa Walden sits fourth in assists per set (9.15) & Kaitlynn Biassou is fourth in kills per set (3.51).

Scouting Air Force

  • Air Force is 3-8 on the season with victories over Cal State Fullerton, Iowa & Incarnate Word.
  • The Falcons posted a 7-6 mark in the spring and finished sixth in the MW.
  • Air Force was selected seventh in the MW preseason poll.
  • AF checks in second in the conference in blocks per set (2.41), fourth in blocks (99.0) and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.191).
  • Spring 2021 MW Freshman of the Year Joi Harvey ranks second in the MW and 17th in the nation in blocks per set (1.47).

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