Titans Edge Cal Poly, 3-2
Oct. 1, 2010
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Torrie Brown had six of her 18 kills and Leah Maurer had 4 of her 6 block assists in the crucial 5th and deciding set to lift Cal State Fullerton to a 3-2 road victory over Cal Poly at Mott Gym Friday night.
The Titans, winners of eight of their last nine matches, improve to 12-4 on the year and 1-1 in Big West Conference action. Cal Poly, which came into the week receiving votes in the latest AVCA coaches poll and riding a 10-match winning streak, drops to 12-4, 2-1. The Titans, who came into the match just 5-46 all-time against the Mustangs, have now won three in a row against them.
The Titans had to fight the entire way, notching all three of their set victories in extra time, 26-24, 22-25, 26-24, 17-25, 20-18. They trialed late in both the first and third sets, but hung on and rallied for 3 and 5 straight points, respectively, to win each set.
Fullerton's Erin Saddler led all players with 24 kills on the night and notched another double-double with 10 digs. The Titans had three players - Saddler, Brown and Kayla Neto (14 kills) - in double figures in kills, while the Mustangs had four. The Titans (.247) just edged the Mustangs (.246) in attack percentage, with 69 team kills in 174 swings, but it was their .419 5th-set effort that was the difference.
Kristina Graven (18) and Dominique Olowolafe (17) combined for 35 Mustang kills while Catie Smith and Jennifer Keddy added another 30 (15 each) for the home team.
At the net, the Titans put up a season-best 11 team blocks led by Maurer. Neto had 5 blocks and Saddler had 4, and everyone except Genie Francisco and libero Cami Croteau recorded at least on block assists for Fullerton. Olowolafe had a match-high 8 block assists to lead the Mustangs. They out-blocked the Titans 13.0 to 11.0. Graven had the match's only solo block.
The Titans had a bit of a breakdown at the service line on Friday, scoring just 2 aces, while committing 10 service errors. That is the most in a match since the season opener against Bucknell on Aug. 27, when they had 12. The Mustangs had 12 errors from the line, but counter-balanced that with 6 aces.
Croteau and Francisco combined for 44 digs for Fullerton, but Alison Mort of Cal Poly stole the show with 31 scoops on the night to lead all players.
The Titans conclude their current road trip Saturday night against UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. The Gauchos beat No. 21 Long Beach State Friday night, 3-2, to remain perfect (3-0) in league play.