Sept. 17, 2011
Fullerton, Claif. - Utah State's Josselyn White collected 13 kills, 15 digs and six blocks to lead the visiting Aggies to a non-conference victory over Cal State Fullerton, 3-1, Saturday night in Titan Gym.
Despite double digits in kills from Kayla Neto (17), Bre Moreland (15), Jennifer Edmond and Leah Best (12), the Titans committed a season-high 37 attack errors and hit just .140 to drop to 5-6 overall.
The 25-20, 22-25, 19-25, 19-25 loss for the Titans was just their second at home in the last 19 home games dating back to last year.
Despite having 24 less kills as a team, Utah State used six unanswered service aces and an 18.0 to 8.0 blocking advantage to improve to 5-8 on the year.
At the net the Aggies dominated the Titans led by nine blocks from Kaitlyn VanHoff. Nicole Gneitling-Theurer added seven block assists and was the second of six Utah State players with three or more blocks. Conversely, the Titans had just two players with more than three blocks - Leah Maurer had six, including a match-high two solos, and Moreland had one solo and a pair of assists.
Senior setter Andrea Ragan slid past former Titan setter Kim Levey (1999-2002) with 56 assists on the night to move into second place all-time in Cal State Fullerton history. With 3,649 career assists, Ragan sits just 259 assists away from becoming the school's all-time leader, surpassing Julie Geissert's (2004-07) record of 3,907 in a four-year career.
There was no shortage of digs in the match with Fullerton out scooping the Aggies 96 to 85. Five Titans were in double figures in digs and four of them had 18-or-more. Neto had a match high, 22 digs and logged a double-double as did Moreland (14 digs) and Ragan (20 digs).
Libero Laurel Bodily had 17 digs to lead the Aggies that had four players in double-figures. White (13 kills, 15 digs) and Paige Neves (37 assists, 16 digs) had double-doubles for Utah State.
The Titans have one more non-conference match on Tuesday at San Diego State before opening conference action next weekend at home with Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.