Titans Upset Wisconsin at Active Ankle Challenge
Sept. 6, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. - Swells of timely offensive and defensive pressure bode well for Cal State Fullerton Sunday as the Titans (5-0) upset Wisconsin (2-3) with a 3-0 sweep in the morning session of the Active Ankle Challenge on the campus of Oregon State.
Though not ranked, the Badgers are receiving votes in the AVCA poll this week, making them on of the highest profile victories for the Titans in their Div. I history. The 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 win also gives them a perfect 5-0 record, tying the school record for the most wins to begin a season.
Though neither team was dominant offensively, the Titans did outhit the Badgers .190 to .068 with Fullerton holding Wisconsin to an attack percentage of less than .128 the entire match.
Erin Saddler provided the offensive spark for Fullerton, totaling 16 kills. She was the only player on the court with kills in double digits. Brittany Dolgner had 9 kills for Wisconsin.
The Titans dominated at the net led by freshman Kayla Neto. The middle blocker provided seven block assists as the Titans out-stuffed the Badgers 16.0 to 7.0. Jennifer Edmond had five block assists and a solo, and Alex Wolnisty had five total blocks. Kirby Toon and Kelsey Maloney each provided two to the Wisconsin defense.
Though not by far, the Titans trailed most of the match. In set one they trailed the Badgers until they tied the set at 22-22. In set two, they didn't find their stride until a four-point string of points for server Ashley Collier that gave them a 2-point lead at 12-10. Setter Andrea Ragan had a similar run at the line, extending the Titans lead to 19-12, a lead they would not surrender the rest of the way. In set three, the two teams played very close the entire way, with a key block by Neto and Edmond and a service ace by Ragan securing the fifth straight win for the Titans.
The Titans will face Seattle at 5 p.m. Sunday evening in their second match of the Oregon State tournament looking to set the school record for most wins to begin a season.