Titans Hand Gauchos First BWC Loss

Oct. 2, 2010

Box Score

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Erin Saddler had 16 kills and Torrie Brown added 14 to lift Cal State Fullerton to a 3-0 sweep of UC Santa Barbara, handing the Gauchos their first Big West Conference loss Saturday night at the Matadome.

Fullerton improves to 13-4 overall and 2-1 in Big West play. The 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 victory was the Titans' ninth win in their last 10 matches. UC Santa Barbara drops to 9-7, 3-1, and sees its three-match winning streak come to an end. UC Davis, with a win over UC Irvine Saturday night, remains as the only unbeaten team in league play at 4-0.

The Titans controlled most of the match with exceptions coming early in all three sets. In sets one and two, the Titans found a way to get on top after the first couple of rallies and never looked back. In set three, they found themselves down 6-2 and were forced into an early timeout. The break worked as they rattled off five straight points to take a 7-6 lead. The Titans took the lead for good at 9-8, and despite a late offensive effort by UCSB, the Titans held off the Gaucho rally to secure their 12th sweep of the year.

Saddler and Brown led the Titans (.256) offensively with 30 kills between them, while Leah Maurer (9 kills, .571) and Kayla Neto (8 kills, .280) added their support from the air.

Defensively Cami Croteau flirted with the 30-dig plateau, but finished just shy with 29 scoops. She led all players in the dig column. Genie Francisco (13) and Gabrielle Dewberry (11) also finished in double figures.

Neto led the Titans in blocks by stuffing her share of three Gaucho attacks and also led the team with two service aces. Saddler also contributed a pair of solo blocks, six digs and a service ace in the win.

Kara Sherrard paced the Gaucho offense with 9 kills. Santa Barbara hit just .175 as a team.

Charlene DeHoog was the only UCSB player in double digits in digs with 13, and Kasey Kipp led all players with 4 blocks at the net.

The Titans now return home for three Big West matches beginning Oct. 8 against Pacific, UC Davis and Cal State Northridge.