Baylor Sweeps Fullerton For Tourney Crown
Sept. 12, 2009
Albuquerque, NM - Despite 23 combined kills from Erin Saddler and Jonny Hart, Cal State Fullerton (7-3) made 30 attack errors to open the door for Baylor (11-0) to walk away with a three-set sweep of the Titans in the Comcast Challenge Saturday afternoon at the Johnson Center.
Fullerton finishes with a 1-2 tournament record after the 11-25, 17-25, 24-26 loss. Baylor was crowned the tournament champion without the win over the Titans. Host New Mexico finished second, while Pittsburgh finished fourth.
Baylor stumped the Titans (who hit just .053 for the match) defensively with 34 digs - 13 by Allison King - and 10.5 team blocks to remain perfect at 11-0 on the year. Anna Breyfogle had six blocks (one solo) to lead the Bears and was flanked by four block assists each from Torri Campbell, Katie Sanders and Elizabeth Graham.
Saddler (13 kills) and Hart (10 kills) were the only two players in the match to have double digits in kills, but they combined for 19 of the Titans' 30 attack errors and hit just .068 and .040, respectively. Hart, whose previous career high was three kills, set a new personal best in the loss.
Breyfogle had seven kills to pace the Bears who hit .298 as a team. She hit .500 and Graham, who tallied six kills, hit .650.
Alex Wolnisty was the only Titan representative on the all-tournament team. She posted four kills and provided two of the Titans' six block assists on the afternoon.
The Titans will now return home after six matches away from Titan Gym. They will host their final non-conference tournament, the Embassy Suites Fullerton Classic, next Friday and Saturday, featuring UCLA, Long Beach State and Fordham.
Comcast Challenge All-Tournament Team
Meagan Dooley, Pittsburgh
Alex Wolnisty, Cal State Fullerton
Rose Morris, New Mexico
Jade Michaelsen, New Mexico
Anna Breyfogle, Baylor
Ashlie Christenson, Baylor
Taylor Barnes - MVP, Baylor