Aug. 30, 2005
Fullerton, CA - Titan Sports Calendar
Fri., Sept. 2 Women's Volleyball, Four Points Sheraton Titan Classic, Titan Gym
UTEP vs. UMKC, 2:30 p.m.
Fullerton vs. Marist, 5:30 p.m. - LIVE audio on the internet
Women's Soccer, at Auburn, 4 p.m. PDT
Men's Soccer, UCLA vs. Santa Clara, Titan Stadium, 5 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton vs. Maryland, Titan Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
LIVE audio of Fullerton match on the internet
Sat., Sept. 3
Cross Country, Season Opener Meet, Craig Park, 8:30 a.m.
Women's Volleyball, FourPoints Sheraton Titan Classic, Titan Gym
Fullerton vs. UMKC, 10 a.m.
Marist vs. UTEP, 1 p.m.
UMKC vs. Marist, 4:30 p.m.
Fullerton vs. UTEP, 7:30 p.m. - LIVE audio on the internet
Sun., Sept. 4
Women's Soccer, vs. South Carolina, at Auburn, AL, 9 a.m. PDT
Men's Soccer, Santa Clara, Titan Stadium, 2 p.m.
LIVE audio on the internet
Women's Soccer (1-1, 0-0)...
Feast or famine? That was the theme for Cal State Fullerton as the Titans split their 2005 season-opening weekend against San Diego State and San Jose State at Titan Stadium.
The Aztecs got the best of the Titans in the opener on Friday, managing a goal from freshman Jen Mello in the 56th minute and adding an insurance strike on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute for the final 2-0 score. Fullerton held a 16-6 advantage in shots and had seven corner kicks, but SDSU goalkeeper Christi Yount made five saves to preserve the shutout.
Sunday's match was more to the Titans' liking as Fullerton had five different players score in the 5-1 rout of the Spartans. After allowing a quick strike in the sixth minute, the Titans reeled off five unanswered goals by Erica Pryor, Kandace Wilson, Rebekah Patrick, Stacey Thompson and Kellie Cox. Senior Lisa Kosena added two assists and sophomore keeper Shayla Sabin made three saves in the win. Fullerton outshot SJSU, 23-5, and had 11 corners to none for San Jose State.
Men's Soccer (0-0, 0-0)...
The Titans open the season as usual at home, but without a true Labor Day Tournament for the first time since 1992. Instead, Cal State Fullerton will host a doubleheader on Friday night with UCLA meeting Santa Clara at 5 p.m. followed by the Titans vs. Maryland. On Sunday at 2 p.m., Fullerton will host Santa Clara while Maryland is playing UCLA in Westwood.
The Terrapins, who tied for third place in last year's NCAA Tournament and finished with a record of 17-6-2, provide the first of eight matches Fullerton will play against teams in last year's 32-team field. Santa Clara, which was 15-6 last year, is the second of the eight. The Broncos are the favorites to win the 2005 West Coast Conference championship in the pre-season coaches' poll.
Fullerton played a scrimmage on Tuesday (Aug. 23) vs. the University of California on a neutral field in Chula Vista. Minus a half dozen key players, the Titans were outplayed badly in the first half, trailing, 4-0. They "won" the second half by a 1-0 margin as newcomer Chase Richeson found the net.
Women's Volleyball (0-1, 0-0)...
The Titans open their official home season this weekend with the Four Points Sheraton Titan Classic featuring UTEP, UMKC and Marist.
Fullerton carries an 0-1 record after losing its opening match in four games on Friday to Hofstra at UC Riverside. The Titans hit just .237 to the Pride's .282 on the day with senior outside hitter Sarah Morrison leading all players with 19 kills. Alyssa Opeka (16), Danielle Hitzeman (11) and Brittany Moore (10) all added double-digit kill totals in the losing effort.
Cal State Fullerton sophomore and single-season dig record holder Vanessa Vella continued her defensive ways as she led all players with 22 digs from the libero position.
A new venue will serve as the host site of Cal State Fullerton's annual Season Opener Cross Country Meet, which begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Craig Regional Park in Fullerton is substituting for Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea, which was damaged by last winter's heavy rainfalls.
Craig Park is located north of the CSF campus on the east side of State College Boulevard, just south of Imperial Highway. The meet will start and finish at the south end of the park near the dam. There is a \$5 parking fee.
Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, but the field appears to be one of the largest in years and open runners may be precluded from competition.
Ralphy Holmes, who led the Big West Conference in scoring and rebounding during a memorable 2004-05 season, has officially graduated from the university after completing summer courses. A bachelor of arts degree in Afro-Ethnic Studies was conferred on the Philadelphia native on Aug. 14.
Cal State Fullerton is the first school Holmes attended for more than one season and his tenure as a Titan was interrupted by a year off for disciplinary reasons. He is expected to sign in the near future with a professional team in Europe. He suffered a knee injury in what turned out to be the team's next-to-last game of a 21-11 season. The Titans went 2-1 in the post-season NIT beginning with Holmes' buzzer-beating game-winning shot in overtime win at Oregon State.
The Titans' baseball alumni will get at least their second "commemoration" on Sept. 6 when the Oakland A's give away Mark Kotsay bobblehead dolls prior to their game against the Seattle Mariners. The A's' centerfielder was the college baseball player of the year in 1995, when he led the Titans to the NCAA championship.
Another former Titan was "honored" in 2003. The Montreal Expos saluted their long-time all-star third baseman with a Tim Wallach bobblehead night. Wallach was college baseball's player of the year in 1979 when he led the Titans to their first NCAA championship.