Oct. 10, 2009
Davis, Calif. - The Cal State Fullerton volleyball team dropped its second straight Big West Conference volleyball match Saturday night as UC Davis defeated them in three straight sets behind 14 kills and 16 digs by Aggie junior Kalya Varney.
With the 27-25, 25-23, 25-14 loss, Fullerton drops to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in Big West Conference action. Davis improves to 13-7, 4-3.
The Aggie had to grind out victories in set one and two, beating the Titans by the required two points in the opening frames, before running away with set three. Davis hit a respectable .244 (.409 in set three) while holding the Titans to just a .204 mark (.086 in set three).
The two teams nearly matched each other in total kills, aces and digs, but the Aggies dominated the net out-blocking the Titans 10.0 to 5.0. Betsey Sedlak posted a match-high seven block assists to pace the floor. Saddler and Neto combined for seven of the Titans' 10 block assists on the night.
Titan junior Erin Saddler led all players with 15 kills, while freshman Kayla Neto, the reigning Big West Conference Player of the Week, added 10 kills and four blocks in the loss. Libero Cami Croteau recorded a match-high 20 digs, including 10 in the first set, as she continues to challenge the all-time Fullerton dig record in just her third season in a Titan uniform.
The Titans will return home this coming week and will host visiting UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge on Thursday (Oct. 15) and Friday (Oct. 16) at 7 p.m., respectively.