Sept. 6, 2008
Las Vegas - Thirteen kills by Elle Ohlander lifted No. 10 Wisconsin to a three-set sweep of Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion in match five of the UNLV Invitational.
The Titans dropped their first match against a ranked team this season, and their fourth in a row overall to fall to 2-4. With the 25-16, 25-21, 25-22 victory, the Badgers improve to 5-1 on the year.
Ohlander and Fullerton's Brittany Moore (11) were the only players to finish with double figures in kills with the former hitting a match-high .550 to lead all players.
The Titans did not start on the right foot posting a -.125 attack percentage in the opening frame. Eleven hitting errors and just seven kills limited the Titans offensive attack. Fullerton held an early lead, but Wisconsin caught them at 8-8 and never relinquished the lead from there.
In set two, the Titans and Badgers were tied at 19-all but were outscored 6-2 over the last eight exchanges. The same went for set three. Both teams were deadlocked at 20-20, but the Badgers scored five times in the last seven volleys to send the Titans back to California winless.
The Badgers out-blocked the Titans 13.0 to 6.0 led by Katherine Dykstra, who shared seven blocks on the match. Fullerton's Erin Saddler led the home squad with three block assists.
Ashley Collier led the Titans with 13 digs. She and Kim Kuzma of Wisconsin shared a tie for the match lead. The Badgers in all scored double digits in digs, while Genie Francisco and Collier posted 10-or-more for Fullerton.
Moore collected 36 kills, two aces, 31 digs and eight blocks in the losses, but earned a spot on the UNLV Invitational All-Tournament Team at the end of the night. This is her second such honor in as many tournaments.
The Titans now return home for a midweek match (Sept. 10) with another ranked opponent, the UCLA Bruins. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Titans Gym. Following the match with the Bruins, the Titans will head back out on the road for a weekend tournament at San Diego beginning on Sept. 12.