The host school didn't exactly clean up during the Fresno State Classic volleyball tournament, as the Bulldogs finished 1-2 in the two-day event after losing 25-21, 18-25, 15-25, 25-17, 15-11 against Utah Valley on Saturday. (Note: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that the Bulldogs went 2-1 in the tournament.)
Fresno State held an 8-6 edge in the fourth set but couldn't hold the Wolverines down. After giving up the first point of the fifth set, Utah Valley never trailed the rest of the way while dropping the Bulldogs to 5-4 on the season.
Megan Callahan and Maci Murdock each had 15 kills, Korrin Wild contributed 13 kills and 15 digs, while Marissa Brand added 11 kills and 15 digs for Fresno State.
The Bulldogs won their first match of the day -- 25-23, 25-23, 26-24 over UC Davis -- behind Brand's 13 kills and 11 digs.
Brand's only block of the match provided the winning point in the third set, completing a Bulldogs' rally from a 20-18 deficit.
Sunbirds go unbeaten
Behind Jessie Alcorn's 10 kills, Fresno Pacific completed an undefeated run through the Route 92 Showdown volleyball tournament with a 25-23, 25-20-25-19 victory over Humboldt State in Hayward.
The Sunbirds struggled in a first set that was tied 23-23 before back-to-back kills from Alcorn and Mikayla Tucker secured the win.
Fresno Pacific trailed only briefly and early in the second and third sets, getting nine kills from Kathleen Anderson, eight from Tucker and 27 digs from Hannah Butler as it improved to 7-1 on the season.
Karah Mitchell's 15th kill of the match helped the Sunbirds dodge a loss in their opener, overcoming late deficits in the first two sets for a 25-22, 26-24, 25-19 win over Northwest Nazarene.
The Sunbirds trailed 22-20 in the first set before three of Kathleen Anderson's nine kills fueled a 5-0 finishing run. Fresno Pacific was down 24-23 in the second set but got a service error to tie it, then consecutive kills from Rupia Inck for the win.
Lyndsie Etherton ran away with the 5K race, leading Fresno State's women to a title tie with Cal at the Hornet Jamboree at Sacramento's Granite Regional Park.
Etherton finished in 17:13.7, nearly 5 seconds faster than unattached runner Lauren Mugnaini, as the Bulldogs and Bears tied with 41 points.
Fresno State (63) finished second behind Sacramento State (23) in the men's event but didn't have a runner finish in the top five.
Fresno Pacific began its season with the men placing third and the women fifth at the Humboldt Invitational in Arcata.
Sophomore Dallas Nord and freshman Cody Kinsman led the way for the men, finishing 17th and 18th, respectively, in 27:24 and 27:25 on the 8K course. Top returner Brandon Croft did not run due to injury.
Sunbirds freshman Sarah Aghazeynali, the former Clovis North star running her first college race, was 19th in 24:10 on the women's 6K course. Humboldt State won the team title.
Xavier Uranga (Redwood High/College of the Sequoias) was 12th for Humboldt State in 25:57.33 as the Jacks' men's team -- ranked No. 22 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll -- was second to Southern Oregon.
Bruno Pessoa scored a pair of second-half goals as Fresno Pacific pulled away for a 4-0 win over Cal State San Marcos.
Pessoa's first goal, off assists from Paul Islas and Fabricio Nazare in the 47th minute, broke a scoreless tie. His second goal, off an Alvaro Nogales assist in the 65th minute, made it 3-0.
Guillermo Talancon and Gustavo Silva also scored for Fresno Pacific (2-1).
Fresno Pacific managed just three shots -- only two on goal -- in a 3-0 loss to Cal State San Marcos, which got the only goal it would need from Kelsey Gunion in the 18th minute.
Sarah King, coming off a nine-save shutout of Cal State Bakersfield, made five saves for the Sunbirds (0-2-1).
The NAIA 12th-ranked Cougars (3-1) also got goals from Dani Porter and Paulina Good.
Men's water polo
Daniel Seymour scored six goals in each game as Fresno Pacific downed American River in a doubleheader 17-13 and 20-8.
The Sunbirds improved to 3-1.