Titans Take Five-Match Win Streak to Lone Star Showdown
LONE STAR SHOWDOWN
Cal State Fullerton will take part in its third consecutive tournament this weekend as the Titans travel to Texas Tech for the Lone Star Showdown. The Titans will open play against Nevada at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, and will follow with a 2:30 p.m. match against Montana. The Titans will close the tourney against Texas Tech at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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CATCH ALL THE ACTION
Television - None
Streaming Video - A live stream of Saturday's match vs. Texas Tech is available on texastech.com.
Audio Webcast - A live stream of Saturday's match vs. Texas Tech is available on texastech.com.
Live Stats - Live in-game stats for all three matches are available at texastech.com.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.FullertonTitans.com, or at the Cal State Fullerton Athletics Ticket Office, which is located in the Titan House on campus off of Gymnasium Drive on the northeast side of Titan Gym. Game day sales and will call tickets will open an hour prior to the scheduled time at the specific venue.
LONE STAR SHOWDOWN: AN INSIDE LOOK
Nevada (1-5) opened the season on a four-match losing streak before sweeping Weber State last Friday at the Nevada Tournament. The Wolf Pack is led by Tessa Lea'ea's 2.70 kills per set. Nevada has played two members of the Big West Conference, losing in five sets to UC Santa Barbara, and losing in three sets to UC Davis.
Montana (1-5) opened the year with a five-set win over James Madison, but the Grizzlies have since dropped five straight. Kayla Reno leads Montana averaging 3.08 kills per set.
Texas Tech (5-5) is currently on a four-match losing streak, but after a suffering a season-opening loss to Seattle, the Red Raiders responded by winning five-straight matches. Texas Tech has played one Big West opponent, sweeping UC Riverside on Aug. 30. Breeann David leads the Red Raiders averaging 4.33 kills per set.
RECAPPING THE FULLERTON CLASSIC
• Fullerton's 5-2 start to the 2013 campaign is the best for the program since 2009, when squad opened the year 6-1 after its first seven matches.
• Cal State Fullerton has now won five straight matches for the first time since producing a five-match win streak from Sept. 29-Oct. 19, 2012. If the Titans were to extend the streak to six matches, the win streak would be the longest for CSF since the Titans completed the 2010 regular season on an eight-match winning streak (Oct. 29-Nov. 20).
• Cal State Fullerton completed the Fullerton Classic with an undefeated record of 4-0, including three consecutive sweeps: Kent State, William & Mary and Gardner-Webb. After the 3-0 win over Gardner-Webb on Saturday afternoon, the Titans swept four straight opponents for the first time since sweeping seven consecutive matches from Sept. 11-22, 2010. Fullerton's 12-set win streak was snapped by Wake Forest in the first set with a 25-12 loss on Saturday night, before the Titans made a come back to win the match in five sets and keep their five-match win streak alive.
• The Titans held the Kent State to 10 points in the second set last Friday, the lowest total for a Fullerton opponent since as 25-5 set win over Presbyterian College on Sept. 3, 2011.
• Cal State Fullerton is holding opponents to a .148 attacking percentage, ranking second in the Big West Conference. The Titans are also averaging 16.28 digs per set, a number that rates second in the league and 48th in the country.
• Holland Crenshaw's .390 attacking percentage ranks second in the Big West Conference, and Alyse Hensley's mark of 3.08 kills per set rates 10th in the league.
• Julie Consani's mark of 11.28 assists per set leads the Big West Conference and ranks 24th in the country. She needs to record 24 more assists to total 1264 for her career, and move into ninth on the all-time list at CSF.
• McKenna Painton's 0.38 aces per set rank sixth in the Big West, and her 4.42 digs per set top the league while rating 97th in the country.
Senior transfer Alyse Hensley followed up an all-tournament performance at the UNLV Invitational with an MVP effort at the Fullerton Classic. Hensley was named MVP of the tournament after averaging 3.14 kills per set and attacking at a rate of .337. She added a team-leading eight service aces along with 34 digs and nine blocks while totaling back-to-back double-doubles last Saturday.
McKenna Painton was also named to the Fullerton Classic all-tournament team after averaging 4.31 digs per set and adding five aces.
2013 BIG WEST PRESEASON POLL
For the second straight year, the University of Hawai'i has been selected as the Big West Conference's top pick in the women's volleyball preseason poll, as selected by the nine league coaches. The Rainbow Wahine were a unanimous favorite, collecting all nine first-place votes en route to an 81-point total. Cal State Fullerton finished in seventh place with 35 points.
Entering her 12th season at Cal State Fullerton, Carolyn Zimmerman possesses an all-time record of 167-171 (.494). The sixth head coach in Fullerton's 37-year history, Zimmerman is the winningst (.494) head coach in CSF volleyball program history.
WHO IS BACK
Cal State Fullerton welcomes back four returning starters, seniors Leah Beast and Bre Moreland and sophomores Julie Consani and Holland Crenshaw. Moreland, a 2012 Big West honorable mention pick, spent her summer training with the USA U23 Beach National Team.