Battle of the Blue and Orange Goes To Fullerton

Sept. 4, 2005

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Fullerton, Calif. - Danielle Hitzman's 18 kills, 24 digs and 1 solo block Cal State Fullerton beat an unbeaten UTEP volleyball team in five games, 3-2 (23-30, 30-32, 31-29, 30-24, 15-11), Saturday night at Titan Gymnasium. With the win, Cal State Fullerton won the Four Points Titan Classic, successfully defending their 2004 title.

For the second time in as many matches, the Titans dropped the first two games and had to rally for three consecutive wins to beat their opponent. Fullerton improves to 3-1 on the season as they handed the Miners from Texas - El Paso their first loss, dropping their record to 6-1.

Despite hitting just .045 in the match against UTEP, Titan Classic MVP Alyssa Opeka collected 10 kills, 17 digs, seven blocks and 4 service aces, joining three other Titans on the all-tournament team.

MVP runner-up Kari Stacy proved her worth as she blasted 33 kills and tallied 24 digs, leading all players with 35.5 points in the match.

Fullerton held UTEP to just a .132 hitting percentage not allowing them to hit any higher than .186 in any one game.

Including Alyssa Opeka, the all-tournament team stacked up with Kari Stacy and Brittany Stowers of UTEP, Vanessa Portela of UMKC, and Titans Sarah Morrison, Vanessa Vella and Brittany Moore.

Cal State Fullerton will rest the rest of the Holiday weekend before traveling to San Diego State for a 6:00 pm match with the Aztecs on Wednesday evening.