Oct. 14, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton defended its perfect home record with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 Thursday night win over visiting Cal State Northridge to improve to 11-0 on the year at Titan Gym and remain atop the Big West Conference standings, percentage points in front of UC Santa Barbara.
Fullerton improves to 16-4 overall and 5-1 in Big West play and has won five in a row and 12 of its last 13 matches. With the 3-0 win over the Matadors, the Titans have now won 14 of their 16 matches via the sweep of their opponents.
Cal State Northridge falls to 8-13, 1-5.
Reigning Big West Player of the Week senior Erin Saddler again powered the Titan offense blasting a match-high 17 kills and hit a solid .371 to help the Titans to a .292 team attack percentage. Sophomore Kayla Neto also tallied double digits in kills, connecting for 11 of them while hitting a robust .391 on the night.
Northridge's Lynda Morales led the way for the visitors, who hit just .116 as a team. Morales had 8 kills and hit .294 with an ace and three blocks.
Both teams matched evenly at the net picking up 5.0 team blocks apiece. Morales was the leader for Northridge, while Nennifer Edmond led all players with 4 block assists while Neto flanked her with three blocks (1 solo) of her own.
The Big West's leading setter, Andrea Raga, picked up 41 of the Titans' 44 assists on the night. CSUN setter Sam Orlandini had 19.
Titan senior libero Cami Croteau scooped 19 would be kills to lead all players in the dig column. Genie Fransico help out with 10 of her own as the Titans out-dug the Matadors 58-46. Natalie Allen was Northridge's leader with 12.
The Titans will hit the road for one road match at UC Riverside on Sunday before returning to Titan Gym for another 3-set homestand. Sunday's match in Riverside begins at 3 p.m.