September 11, 2012

Titans Host 9-Match Tournament This Weekend

Fullerton, Calif. - The Titans (5-4) return home for their first extended homestand of the year. Fullerton is coming off of a 2-1 performance in Reno, Nev., at the Wolfpack Invitational and will host Brown, Santa Clara, San Diego State and Oregon State this weekend at the Fullerton Classic in Titan Gym.

FULLERTON CLASSIC SCHEDULE

Friday,  Sept. 14
Santa Clara vs. San Diego State (11:00 a.m.)
Cal State Fullerton vs. Brown (1:30 p.m.)
Oregon State vs. Santa Clara (4 p.m.)
Cal State Fullerton vs. San Diego State (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 15
Brown vs. Santa Clara (9:30 a.m.)
Oregon State vs. San Diego State (Noon) 
Cal State Fullerton vs. Santa Clara (2:30 p.m.) 
San Diego State vs. Brown (5:30) 
Cal State Fullerton vs. Oregon State (7:30 p.m.)

VIDEO STREAMS: All of Cal State Fullerton's matches at the tournament will be broadcast for free on BigWest.TV.

AUDIO: All of Fullerton's matches will have free audio at fullertontitans.com.

LIVE STATS: Barring technical difficulties, all nine matches of the Fullerton Classic will have Live Stats provided. Links will be posted on the Volleyball schedule page when they become available.

CSF VS BROWN: This will be the first meeting between the Bears and Titans.

CSF VS OREGON STATE: The Titans and Beavers have met three times since 1991 with Fullerton taking the loss in each meeting. This will be the second time the Beavers will visit Titan Gym. The first time in 1991 resulted in a 15-3, 15-13, 15-6 win for OSU in the J.M.N Premiere Tournament. The last meeting came in 2009 at the Oregon State Tournament in Corvallis. All three meetings have been three-set losses for Fullerton.

CSF VS SANTA CLARA: Fullerton and Santa Clara have met 17 times since 1980 with Fullerton holding a 1-game lead in the all time series, 9-8. The Titans are 2-3 against the Broncos both at home and on the road, but 4-2 at neutral venues (the location of the teams' first meeting in 1980 is unknown). It has been five years since the teams last me at the Bronco Invitational in Boise, Idaho. Fullerton won eight of the first nine meetings. The Broncos have won seven of the last eight matches including the last meeting, 30-21, 30-19, 30-20. Fullerton's last win over the Broncos came in 1996 at the UC Irvine Tournament, a three set sweep.

CSF VS SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs have dominated the all-time series dating back to 1980, posting a 32-5 record against the Titans in 37 matches. The Aztecs, who will re-join the Big West Conference next year, played in the same conference with the Titans from 1980-1989 and posted a 19-1 record in those games. All five of the Titans wins have come in Titan Gym, with the last one coming in 2010 in four sets. Last year, the Titans lost a five-set match in San Diego (25-20, 14-25, 19-25, 25-18, 8-15).

CONSANI TAKES CONTROL: Sophomore Julie Consani enjoyed the finest weekend of her young career as the Titans' setter. The Newport Beach native posted 10.25 assists per set (123 total assists) with 29 digs and six blocks last weekend at the Wolfpack Invitational and set a career best 46 assists in a win last Thursday night against the host Nevada Wolfpack.

ALL-WOLFPACK INVITATIONAL: Junior Bre Moreland and senior Kayla Neto represented the Titans on the all-tournament team after posting nearly 100 combined kills, 50 combined digs and 11 blocks. Neto edged Moreland in total kills with 23-, 18-, and 9-kill efforts for a total of 50. She also added 26 digs and six blocks. Moreland accumulated her 47 kills with 16-, 20-, and 11-kill performances. Moreland added 26 digs, and six blocks (2 solos) as the Titans finished 2-1 in the three-match tourney. It was Moreland's third all-tournament team in as many tries. It was Neto's second nod.

A SOLID CAREER: Senior Kayla Neto has passed Lauren Goins (1,140 kills from 2001-04) and now sits sixth all-time on Fullerton's all-time kills list. Her next milestone will be Becky Howlett's 1,291 kills (1990-91) for No. 5 all-time. Neto's 3.38 kills per set currently ranks No. 4 all-time. The Clarksburg native's 205 career block assists also ranks 6th all-time in the history of the volleyball program. She trails No. 5 Erin Saddler (former Big West Player of the Year from 2007-10) by 21 block assists. Neto also ranks 7th all-time in total blocks, 35 behind Saddler. Neto has been a force at the service line as well, and now ranks 10th all-time in Titan history. She is just one off of Jackie Bougie's (1983-85) 81 aces and 9 off of Megan Sabo's 91 aces from 1998-2001.

SHOWING THE KID THE ROPES: Junior Leah Best is sharing the team lead in blocks with rookie Holland Crenshaw, with each of the ladies tabulating 31 total block in the nine matches played this far. Best, a 6-6 middle blocker has six solo blocks and 25 blocks assists to Crenshaw's one solo and 30 block assists. Both are averaging 1.00 blocks per set, just outside the Big West's top 10. Best's best performance of the season came last Friday against Washington State, when she stuffed her share of seven attack attempts. Crenshaw opened some eyes in the Titans' only home game to date, when he had 8 block assists against Sacred Heart on Sept. 2.

AROUND THE BIG WEST: Kayla Neto (2nd, 4.19 kps) and Bre Morelan (t5th, 3.97 kps) currently rank in the Big West's top 10 in kills per set… Julie Consani ranks 8th in the league with and even 9.0 assists per set… With 5 service aces against Bakersfield on Friday, Bre Moreland jumped to the top of the conference in terms of total aces (15) and aces per set (0.48)… Leah Best and Holland Crenshaw just made the cut, ranking 9th in the conference in blocks per set, stuffing an average of 1.00 attack per set.