Oct. 13, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Northridge overcame a 14-7 deficit in the fifth and final game to come back to beat Cal State Fullerton, 3-2 (30-21, 28-30, 30-28, 29-31, 16-14) in a Big West Volleyball match at Titan Gym Friday night.
The Titans took a commanding 14-7 lead behind five kills between Breanna Trudeau and Deven Bukoski, but let the lead slip away as Amy Hultner served the Matadors to eight straight points after a sideout for the miraculous come-from-behind victory.
Four Northridge players had kills in double digits, led by Harmony Burine's match-leading 19, as the Matadors sweep the season series 2-0 and extended the Titans' losing streak to four games. Fullerton falls to 13-6 overall and 2-4 in Big West Conference play while Northridge improves to 11-5, 4-1. The Titans are now 1-1 in 5-game matches in 2006.
The Titans were never able to get a good offensive rhythm, hitting just .128 on the match. The Titans hit .275 in the Game 4 victory, but were held to under .196 in each of the other four games.
Bukoski earned her ninth double-double of the season, tallying a career-high 18 kills and 16 digs to lead the Titan offense. After two games of being held to under 8 kills, Brittany Moore returned to form, posting 15 kills and three blocks (one solo).
The Titans out-blocked the Matadors, 10-9 with Amanda Pfielschiefter topping the Titan wall at the net. The middle blocker stopped five attacks, collecting four block assists and a solo. Northridge's Darla Donaldson and Hilary Brinkman matched Pfielschiefter's effort with five block assists apiece.
Vannessa Vella made school history Friday night as she collected 32 digs to give her 1,394 digs in her career, the best total in the history of the Fullerton volleyball program. Coming into Friday nights match, the libero trailed Stephanie Scofield (a Titan from 1988-91) by 30 digs. It was the eighth-career time Vella has surpassed the 30-dig plateau in a match. To Scofield's credit, Vella accomplished the feat in the post-libero era.
Fullerton will return to the floor Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. as they take on Long Beach State in another Big West match-up.