Sept. 5, 2008
Las Vegas - Cal State Fullerton (2-2) fell in three sets Friday afternoon to Miami of Ohio (2-2) in the first match of the UNLV Invitational at Cox Pavillion. It was the first time the Titans and RedHawks had ever met.
Despite close scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-23, the RedHawks held on to the momentum they gained in the first set, holding Fullerton to just six kills as a team. Fullerton hit .000 in the first set and steadily improving to .229 and .294 in sets two and three, respectively.
Erin Saddler posted a season high 12 kills for the Titans but her offensive alone was not enough to upend the RedHawks, who rallied behind Emily Schroeder's 15 kills. Saddler, did not commit and error and hit a match-leading .480 in 25 attempts.
Defensively, Melissa Zenz scooped a match-high 22 digs for Miami, and Megan Griffin provided a share of four blocks on the night. Cami Croteau led the Titan with 11 digs while Brittany Moore was the leader in blocks with two solos and an assist.
Fullerton led Miami 4-2 in service aces, but five Titans had two-or-more service errors totaling 12 in the loss.
The Titans will have their work cut out for them on Saturday, facing host UNLV at noon, and then No. 10 Wisconsin in their finale at 4:30 p.m.