Sept. 23, 2009
San Diego, Calif. - Despite mounting a comeback that held off a San Diego State sweep and then forced a fifth and deciding set, Cal State Fullerton (9-4) fell to the Aztecs (5-6) 3-2 Wednesday night in San Diego.
Fullerton's Erin Saddler had 20 kills and was flanked by Kayla Neto and Alex Wolnisty who combined for 27 kills but the Titans were unable to give Titan Head Coach Carolyn Zimmerman her 100th career victory heading into conference play Saturday night.
Down two sets to none and trailing 24-19 in set three, the Titans were on the brink of an Aztec sweep but outscored San Diego State 8-1 the rest of the way to stay alive. In set four, Fullerton ran away with the set by hitting .481 and extended to their largest set lead of 13 points at 24-11.
The Titans were unable to take control the fifth and deciding set. They managed to tie the game three times but were never able to grab hold of the lead.
Fullerton again struggled at the service line, committing 13 total service errors - five from libero Cami Croteau. Fullerton did however have five aces with three coming from Ashley Collier and another two from Saddler.
Despite the loss, the Titans did outhit the Aztecs .280 to .267, large in part to Neto and Wolnisty who hit .429 and .632, respectively. The duo had just three errors between them in just under 50 swings.
Paije Pearson (14 kills) and Hannah Evans (13 kills) paced the Aztec offense that boasted five players with 10-or-more kills on the night. Andrea Hannasch, one of the five with kills in double figures, also posted a match-high eight blocks on the night.
San Diego State out-blocked Fullerton 13.0 to 8.0. Neto had five blocks (one solo) to lead the Titans at the net while Andrea Ragan and Wolnisty each tallied two block assists in the loss.
Ragan notched her third double-double of the year nabbing 12 digs while collecting 55 assists.
The Titans will face No. 25 Long Beach State Saturday night at Titan Gym to open up Big West Conference action. The Titans are a perfect 6-0 at home thus far in 2009.