Saddler Powers Titans To Season-Opening Victory

Aug. 28, 2009

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Fullerton, Calif. - Junior hitter Erin Saddler set career highs in kills and digs as she led Cal State Fullerton (1-0) to a 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20) comeback victory over Lamar (0-1) in both team's first match of the Crowne Plaza Titan Classic Friday night at Titan Gym.

With the win, the Titans improve to 17-13 all-time in season openers and 5-3 in season openers with Head Coach Carolyn Zimmerman at the helm. Fullerton also improves to 2-1 all-time against the Lady Cardinals.

Saddler alone overpowered the Lady Cardinals, a 2008 NCAA Tournament team, by leading the floor with 24 kills and 16 digs. Saddler was flanked in her aerial assault by senior Alex Wolnisty (13 kills) and sophomore Torrie Brown (11 kills) making her Titan debut.

Lamar outhit Fullerton in set one, .419 to .279 and jumped out to an early lead 1-0 lead behind four kills apiece by Kaci Brewer and Lauren Holdroff.

Fullerton turned the match around in set two, outhitting Lamar .359 to .161, and then proceeded to hold them to no better than a .207 attack percentage the rest of the way.

The Titans as a team out-blocked the Cardinals 8.0 to 7.0 behind four-block nights by freshman Kayla Neto and Saddler, who both recorded two solos and two assists. Lamar's Jayme Bazile led all players with four stuffs on the night.

Defensively, the Titan s tallied 65 digs as a team with Andrea Ragan (10), Saddler (16) and Croteau (10) leading the way. Bailey Smith took the brunt of the defensive work for the Cardinals with 13 digs.

Adrianne Meengs led the Lamar offense with 13 kills and a .600 attack percentage.

Fullerton will take on Appalachian State (1:30 pm) and Idaho (7:30 pm) on Sunday, while Lamar will get Idaho (11 am) and Appalachian State (5 pm).

IN THE FIRST GAME: 12 kills by Sarah Conwell led Idaho (1-0) to a 3-0 sweep over Appalachian State (0-1) in the first match of the Crowne Plaza Titans Classic at Titan Gym.

Maggie Seeds and Maja Jechorek both had 11 kills in the 20-25, 19-25, 16-25 loss for ASU.

The top blocker of the day was Idaho's Anna McKinney who posted five block assists in the win.