Lions Rally to Down Titans in 5 Sets

Aug. 28, 2010

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Los Angeles - Despite 28 kills from Titan senior Erin Saddler, Loyola Marymount (1-1) fought back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Cal State Fullerton (1-1), 3-2, Saturday afternoon in match No. 4 of the Luxe CIty Center Trojan Invitational at USC's Galen Center.

Both teams evened their records to 1-1 in the 25-23, 25-17, 17-25, 13-25, 22-20 affair.

Both Jasmine Rankins (18 kills, 16 digs) and Felicia Arriola (19 kills, 14 digs) posted double-doubles and Becky Stehling added help with12 kills in the come-from behind victory for LMU. Saddler recorded her first double-double of the year with her career-high, 28-kill, 13-dig effort for the Titans.

Senor libero Cami Croteau became Cal State Fullerton's all-time dig leader as she scooped 15 attack attempts on the afternoon, though she needed just one to tie Vanessa Vella's school record going into the match. Vella played for the Titans from 2004-2006 ad racked up 1,598 digs in her career. Croteau goes into the tournament finale with 1,612 career digs and moves into 10th all-time in the Big West Conference recede books, bumping Vella from the Top 10.

Fullerton looked as if they were on their way to a second straight win in the Trojan Invitational, but their offensive production halted, large in part to defensive play by Megan Nash (6 block assists) and Rankins (4 block assists). The Titans (.200 overall), who hit .353 and .270 in their first two sets, stumbled in sets 3-5, hitting .111, .000 and .233, while the Lions (.293 overall) remained consistent and surged in sets 3 (.458) and 4 (.379) to take over the momentum.

Fullerton trailed 13-9 in the final set and rattled off four straight points to tie the match at 13-13. It remained neck and neck the rest of the way, but a service error (Genie Francsico), and 2 attack errors (Saddler and Francisco) in the final 3 exchanges sealed the deal for the Lions.

The Titans out blocked the Lions 9.5 to 8.0 with both Kayla Neto and Ayana Whitaker each collecting a share of 4 blocks apiece. Brown and Leah Maurer added 3 block assists as well.

The Titans will take on No. 10 ranked USC in he tournament's finale at 7:30 p.m.