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Fresno State volleyball moves on to Mountain West Championship semifinals

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Bulldog Sydney Gazzaniga cheers after a point against the Cowgirls at the Save Mart Center on Oct. 21.

Fresno State women’s volleyball achieved another milestone on Wednesday, Nov. 22, in Las Vegas after sweeping Boise State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championship tournament.

The Bulldogs, seeded fifth in the tournament, took down the Broncos to win their first conference  tournament match in program history.

Boise State won both matches during the regular season, but the third time was the charm for the Bulldogs.

The ‘Dogs came out energetic from the beginning. At first, the lead switched back and forth between both teams, but Fresno State gained the upper hand and dominated near the end to take the first set 25-14.

Effective blocking on defense neutralized many of Boise State’s attacks.

Strong serving by middle blocker Addison Haluska, who got four serving aces, kept the Bronco defense on its toes.

The second set saw a response from the Broncos, leading the ‘Dogs by three points for most of it. Fresno State reacted near the end to turn it around and win it 26-24.

At one point, Boise State was up 16-21 in the third set and it looked like the match would head into a fourth set; however, Head Coach Leisa Rosen and the Bulldogs once again came back to complete the sweep and install themselves in the tournament semifinals.

Middle blocker Grace Doyle was decisive in the match. She was the team leader both on offense and defense, picking up 13 kills and six blocks.

After breaking the program records for block assists and total blocks, the graduate student reached another milestone for herself, surpassing 1,000 career kills.

The ‘Dogs will continue their run in the tournament and compete for a shot at the Mountain West title as they’re set to take on No. 1 seed Utah State in the semifinals tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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