Oct. 2, 2007
Northridge, Calif. - Despite a career-high 28 kills by Jennifer Francisco, Cal State Fullerton dropped its first Big West Conference match to Cal State Northridge, 3-2, in a thrilling five-game tilt that saw two of the final three games go into overtime Tuesday night at the Matadome.
Fullerton evens their record at 7-7 on the year and falls to 2-1 in league action with the 30-26, 24-30, 36-34, 25-30, 18-20 defeat. Northridge improves to 6-11, 3-2.
The Titans took an 8-7 lead at the switch over in game five, but the game that produced 11 tie scores and seven lead changes finished in the Matadors favor when Harmony Burdine landed back-to-back aces to end the match. It was the fourth straight victory for the Matadors over the Titans and seventh in a row at the Matadome.
Francisco's 28 kills (.324) led all players and set a season-high for the Titans, whose previous high was set by the team's captain Brittany Moore with 25. Moore sat out Tuesday night's match, nursing a leg injury. Sophomore Deven Bukoski also blasted 17 kills while hitting .258 on the night.
Fullerton was dominant at the net out-blocking Northridge on the night 20.0-14.0 and was led by Alex Wolnisty, who posted 12 total blocks on the night, and broke into the Titan record book with nine block assists. She becomes the tenth overall Titan to ever reach the mark in a match, and the first since Amanda Pfielschiefter did it last season. Julie Geissert added seven blocks and Erin Saddler helped out with six of her own. Northridge's Lydia Morales tied Wolnisty's total and led the Matador squad with 12 block assists.
Geissert continued her climb towards the Titan's assist record with 60 assists on the night, the second time this season she has had at least sixty in a match. Her counterpart Kayla Wright had 63 for the Matadors.
The Titans head back into action Friday and Saturday as they take on No. 24 Cal Poly and Santa Barbara in a pair of league matches on the road. The Titans are 3-5 on the year away from Titan Gym, and 0-1 against ranked opponents.
NOTES: The Titans are 0-3 in five game matches this season...Fullerton posted it's first game four loss on Tuesday night and are now 6-1 in those game fours in 2007...