USF Rallies for Final 3 Sets to Upend Titans

Sept. 19, 2008

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Fullerton, Calif. - Behind 22 kills by hitter Sarah Mandala and three other Dons in double-digits, the University of San Francisco beat Cal State Fullerton 3-1, in match two of the Crown Plaza Fullerton Classic at Titan Gym Friday night.

The 25-20, 26-28, 25-16, 25-15 loss ends Fullerton's season-best winning streak at three matches and drops the Titans' record to 5-7 on the year. San Francisco improves to 7-3.

The Dons' offensive assault produced a .302 attack percentage and 72 team kills, the most by far tallied by any Titan opponent this year.

Fullerton came out of the gate playing their best set in the first match behind Alex Wolnisty and four kills and a block. After breaking a 4-4 tie early with a Brittany Moore kill, the Titans never looked back in set one.

Set two of the Fullerton-USF match was the most exciting set of the first day of the Fullerton Classic. The Titans clawed their way back after a brief four-point Don lead at 10-14, tying the set at 16-16. From there, the match never swung in anyone's favor by more than two points. There were 11 tie scores and three lead changes in the match that was forced into extra time by USF by a pair of kills by Addie Webster who finished the night with 16 kills.

A Zuzana Bednarova kill and a Titan error handed the Dons the set-two victory and shifted the momentum of the match San Francisco's favor.

Fullerton held the lead twice over the final two sets but San Francisco's accuracy hitting the ball proved too much, hitting .543 (21 kills) and .394 (16 kills), respectively, over the final two frames to put the Titans away.

Moore scored her fifth double -double of the year for Cal State Fullerton with a 14-kill, 14-dig night, also providing six blocks to the cause. Teammate Wolnisty posted a nine-kill, seven-block effort as well.

Fullerton out-blocked USF 11.0 to 5.0 in the four-set match posting 20 total blocks, tying their season high.

Fullerton will face Central Connecticut State Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. and will get a shot at No. 9 Cal in the tourney finale at 7 p.m.

EARLIER IN THE DAY: No. 9 Cal (7-1) handily defeated Central Connecticut State (3-6) 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-15) in the first match of the Fullerton Classic in just 55 minutes. The Bears' Hana Cutra led all players with 13 kills and teammate Morgan Beck added 10 more in the win. Cal hit .500 on the match while holding the Blue Devils to an .063 mark. Jaime Baumert and Lauren Snyder tallied five kills apiece for CCSU. Cutra also provided half of the California service aces with four in the lopsided victory. Box Score