Lions Topple Titans in Five
Sept. 17, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - Loyola Marymount prevailed in game five to defeat Cal State Fullerton 3-2 and win the 2005 Hawthorn Suites Fullerton Classic 27-30, 30-20, 16-30, 30-17, 15-12 Saturday night at Titan Gym. The Lions handed the Titans both their first loss at home and in the tournament with the help of Heather Hughes' 21 kills and Krista Houseman .455 hitting percentage leading the way.
Fullerton fell to 7-5 and 2-1 in the tournament while the Lions improved to 9-1 finishing up the weekend 3-0.
Fullerton had four players with double-digits in kills, with senior Alyssa Opeka leading the way with 14. Opeka, Amanda Pfielschiefter and Brittany Moore each tallied four blocks to help the Titans out-block the Lions 8-4 and hold the lions to just a .181 overall hitting percentage.
LMU's Michelle Look picked up 27 digs to lead all players.
The Titans took game one from the Lions out-hitting them .333 to .211. Breanna Trudeau led the way collecting six of her 10 kills (.308) in 13 attempts. Moore and Danielle Hitzeman, each recorded a pair of blocks as the Titans out-blocked the Lions 3-1.
Fullerton came out after game one flat, falling behind 0-8, never able to recover. Fullerton tried to battle back, going on a 13-8 run to get to 13-16 after a time out, but the Lions scored four unanswered points to forcing a final timeout. LMU finished the game with a 14-7 run of to take game two, 20-30. Fullerton was out-hit .262-.130. LMU's Sandy Kron led all players with five kills.
The Titans of game two disappeared in the third frame, as they jumped out to a 16-4 lead to all but put the game out of reach for the Lions. Fullerton extended to 22-8 on an ace by Opeka and a block by Trudeau before splitting the next 16 points, giving the titans enough to take the game 30-16. Alyssa Opeka had four kills, an ace and a block to lead CSF.
Loyola Marymount evened the match up at two games apiece as they used a commanding 12-4 start before finishing the game 30-17. The Lions dominated the attack hitting .375 on the game to Fullerton's .111. LMU's Heather Hughes tallied 8 kills and hit .462 to help the Lions force a fifth game.
The Lions led 8-6 at the switch over and controlled the serve, but the Titans came back to tie the game at eight. A service error by Julie Geissert and a kill by the Lions gave the 10-8 advantage to LMU before an unforced error and a block by Brittany Moore evened the game back up at 11. Heather Hughes and Sandy Krone each had a big kill to give the 13- 11 advantage to the Lions and LMU never looked back, taking the fifth and final game 15-12.
The all-tournment team was lead by three Lions including MVP Dina DeBernardi. Heather Hughes and Krista Houseman also picked up honors for LMU, while Brittany Moore and Vanessa Vella earned their spots on the team for the Titans. SMU's Natalie Peters and UCR's Kym Peters rounded out the rest of the 2005 all-tournament team.
Fullerton will return to action next Friday and Saturday night as they start their conference matches with Pacific and Cal State Northridge. Both games will be played at Titan Gym and begin at 7 p.m.