Oct. 31, 2009
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton's 3-match losing streak, and season-long winless streak on the road, came to an end Saturday night as the Titans, led by Erin Saddler's 21 kills, swept Cal Poly, 25-22, 25, 20, 31-29, at Mott Gym.
With the win, the Titans complete the season sweep of the Mustangs and improve to 13-10 overall and 4-6 in Big West play. The squad also wins its first true road game of the year after seven unsuccessful attempts and defeats Cal Poly for just the third time in their last 25 meetings. The Mustangs drop to 6-19, 2-10.
For the first time since Sept. 23, Saddler recorded 20-or-more kills, after collecting 20-plus in five of the first 13 matches of the year. Her Halloween performance paced the Titan offense that had three hitters in double-figures. Freshman Kayla Neto added 13 kills, marking her 10th match with double-digits in kills in her last 16 matches. She also hit a whopping .524 in 24 swings. Torrie Brown also tallied 10 kills in the win.
From the line, CSF's Deven Bukoski got in on the action with three service aces. She led all players.
Fullerton hit .236 on the night while holding Cal Poly hitters to just a .219 clip. Dominique Olowolafe and Jennifer Keddy each posted 10 kills and combined committed just one error. In 37 attempts.
The Mustang defense edged the Titans at the net, 6.0-4.0, led by Olowolafe's four blocks (2 assists, 2 solos). Neto had 3 block assists to lead the Titan blockers. Fullerton libero Cami Croteau scooped up a match-high 23 digs as the Titans conversely edged out the Mustangs 59-58 in the dig department.
Cal State Fullerton returns home for its final three home matches of the year beginning Nov. 6 versus UC Davis. The Titans will face the Aggies and then the Pacific Tigers on Nov. 7 before hosting UC Irvine on Nov. 13 on Senior night. All three matches will begin at 7 p.m.