Team Effort Lifts Titans to Third Straight Win
Sept. 16, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - Three Titans had 10-or-more kills in Tuesday evening's non-conference volleyball match that saw Cal State Fullerton beat San Diego State 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-16)at Titan Gym.
Reigning Big West Conference Player of the Week Erin Saddler again led the Fullerton squad with 11 kills while Brittany Moore and Jennifer Edmond each contributed 10 to the cause as Fullerton won its third straight match to improve to 5-6 on the year. It was just the fourth time since 1980 that the Titans have topped the Aztecs.
San Diego State dropped to 3-7.
The Titans returned home after going 2-1 at the USD Tournament and continued their efficient play from the first serve. Fullerton lost the lead just once in the entire match, allowing San Diego State to jump out to a brief 4-3 lead in the first set.
Alex Wolnisty posted four kills in four swings in set number one to pace both squads, while a .344 attack percentage and three service aces by Fullerton's offense lifted them to victory in the first frame. SDSU countered with a respectable .244 hitting percentage and a 3.0 to 1.0 blocking game, but couldn't break through coming as close as one point at 15-14.
In set two, Moore took over and hit .625 with six kills as Fullerton connected for 17 kills in 29 attempts with just three errors, never relinquishing the lead. Saddler also contributed 5 kills (.625) and a block assist to give the Titans a 2-0 set lead heading into the break.
Lauren Salisbury contributed four of her team-leading nine kills in set two of the Aztecs. She hit.500 in the loss, committing just one error. Fullerton stepped on the throttle in set three, gaining two seven point advantages, to allow Jonny Hart (1 dig) and Andrea Ragan to make their season debuts. It was Ragan's collegiate debut.
San Diego State and Fullerton blocked to a tie on the match with Titan freshman Sydney McDowell leading all players with four block assists. SDSU's Bailee Helwig posted three block assists.
Moore and Edmond finished with .340-plus attack efforts, and combined for 10 digs and three blocks.
The Titans will return to the floor this Friday as they are set to host the Crowne Plaza Volleyball Classic at Titan Gym this weekend. USF, Central Connecticut State and No. 9 Cal will visit Fullerton for the six match tournament that begins Friday afternoon.