Maci Murdock helped rescue Fresno State in the fourth set, and the Bulldogs went on to pull out a 25-20, 19-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-6 Mountain West Conference win over New Mexico on Thursday at the Save Mart Center.
The Bulldogs were two points away from having their three-match winning streak — all in 3-0 sweeps — snapped when Murdock produced a kill, followed by a Korrin Wild kill and then a shared block by Murdock and Holly Franks that switched a 23-22 deficit into a momentum-turning win.
Fresno State (11-8, 5-2) scored the first nine points of the fifth set, including a kill and block by Murdock and a pair of kills by Marissa Brand, to finish off the Lobos (14-4, 5-3).
Wild led the Bulldogs with 20 kills and 14 digs. Brand had 19 kills, eight digs and two blocks, and Murdock 12 kills and six blocks.
Duck season set to get under way Saturday
Duck hunting season begins Saturday and runs through Jan. 26 in the "Balance of the State Zone" that includes the central San Joaquin Valley.
The bag limit is seven birds per day, with no more than two mallard hens, two pintail, two canvasback, two redheads or three scaup allowed.
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (including the Kesterson, Bear Creek and Freitas North units) and the Merced National Wildlife Refuge have confirmed they will be open with the end of the federal government shutdown. State wildlife areas will also be open.
Saturday also marks the opener for Valley quail. Mountain quail has been open since Sept. 14. The daily bag limit is 10 birds.
Sunbirds men's soccer team routs Chaminade
Renato Bustamante and Gustavo Silva gave Fresno Pacific a two-goal lead in the first five minutes and the Sunbirds pulled away for an 8-1 win over Chaminade in a Pacific West Conference men's soccer match Thursday in Honolulu.
Bustamante scored twice in a six-goal first half for Fresno Pacific (8-3-1, 6-1), a half-game up on Azusa Pacific atop the PacWest.
The Silverswords fell to 0-11 and 0-7.
Fresno Pacific women post shutout on island
Twins Ashley and Haley Tallon scored and Fresno Pacific had a season-high 32 shots in a 4-0 women's soccer win at Chaminade.
Ashley Tallon scored in the 17th and Haley Tallon made it 2-0 at halftime for the Sunbirds (6-4-1, 4-2-1).
Sarah King, who earlier this month became the program's career shutouts leader, had three saves against the Silverswords (0-11, 0-7).
West Hills returns off bye week to face Laney
The West Hills College football team will look to get back on a winning track when it opens Golden Gate Conference play today.
The Falcons face Laney at 7 p.m. in Oakland.
West Hills (1-4) entered last week — a bye for most of the state's JC teams — off a 61-55 overtime loss to Gavilan. The Falcons picked up a win a week earlier against San Jose, 18-0.
After losing two straight, the Eagles (3-2) are now winners of three in a row.
"There is a lot of parity in our conference." Falcons coach Mark Gritton said. "Laney is a very physical football team. We have only six returning sophomores that we are counting on to lead our young team."
Fresno City basketball coach hosting clinic
Fresno City College men's basketball coach Ed Madec will host a coaching clinic Saturday.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the clinic at noon on the court. It will conclude with a lunch/question and answer session.
Cost is $45 in advance or $50 at the door.
Details: (559) 801-5000.