Waves End Titans' Win Streak at Three Matches

Sept. 10, 2010

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Las Vegas - Big offensive evenings from Cal State Fullerton's Erin Saddler, Torrie Brown and Kayla Neto were not enough as Pepperdine scratched out a five-set victory (3-2) over the Titans Friday night in the opening match of the UNLV Invitational at the Cox Pavilion.

In dropping their second 5-set match of the season, 18-25, 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 11-15, the Titans drop to 4-3 on the year and 0-1 in the tournament. They also see their 9-set/3-match winning streak come to an end. Pepperdine evens it overall record at 4-4 and jumps out to a 1-0 start in tournament action.

Kim Hill and Brittany Clark accounted for 5 of Pepperdine's 7 fifth set kills and all 4 of its blocks to power the Waves to victory. Brown posted 5 of her career high (tie) 21 kills for Fullerton in the deciding frame, but it was not enough as Pepperdine held on after taking a 6-5 lead.

Hill had 15 total kills and finished the night second on her team behind Lilla Fredrick who posted 17 kills of her own. Fullerton's Saddler put up a match-high 24 kills and Neto added a season-high 17 kills and hit a match best .452 in the loss.

Defensively, the Titans out-dug the Waves 89 to 75 and were led by Cami Croteau's 32 digs. Croteau was helped by Gabrielle Dewberry who scooped a career high 21 digs as well. Stevi Robinson had 24 digs for Pepperdine.

Hill and Clark were a force at the net for the Waves combining for 12 blocks (11 block assists, 1 solo) of between them. Victoria Adelhelm also got a hand on five blocks for Pepperdine.

The Titans were led at the net by Saddler, Ayana Whitaker and Leah Maurer, with each stuffing two attacks apiece.

Fullerton has Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m. and UNLV at 7 p.m. on Saturday to round out UNLV Invitational action.