Sept. 11, 2009
Albequerque, NM - Cal State Fullerton (6-2) dropped its first match of the Comcast Volleyball Tournament to host New Mexico (6-0) Friday afternoon at the Johnson Center. The Lobos were led by Anna Lehne's 10 kills and a strong team defense of 12 blocks and 50 digs.
Fullerton has now dropped two matches in a row, and look to bring the brief skid to an end at 4:15 p.m. when they will face Pittsburgh in their second match of the day.
Freshman Kayla Neto led the Titans with 12 kills while Alex Wolnisty hit .643 (9-0-14) in the Titans' 19-25, 17-25, 22-25 afternoon loss. The Lobos held the Big West Conference's leading hitter, Erin Saddler, to just eight kills, with eight errors in 40 swings.
New Mexico had 12 blocks as a team, thwarting any Fullerton attempt at an aerial assault. The Titans hit just .111 as a team and committed nearly twice as many hitting errors (24 to 13) as New Mexico. The Titans never hit better than their first-set total of .211, declining to .079 and .049 in sets two and three, respectively. Lehne posted a match-high 7 blocks (1 solo) for the Lobos and was helped by teammate Ashley Rhoades, who put up five blocks (2 solos). Neto led the way for Fullerton with four blocks (1 solo).
New Mexico hit .287 as a team with much of the work being finished by Rhoades (.500, 7-1-12) and Lehne (.533, 10-2-15) on the offensive end.
Cami Croteau had 15 digs for Fullerton while four Lobos had 9-or-more on defense for the home team. Allison Buck (11) and Jade Michaelsen (10) combined for 21 of the 50 team digs for New Mexico.