Nov. 5, 2005
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Janine Sandell tallied 21 kills and hit .386 as the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos downed the Cal State Fullerton Titans in three straight games Saturday night on CSTV's nationally-televised Big West Conference volleyball match at the Thunder Dome in Santa Barbara, Calif.
It was the first time the Titan volleyball program has been on national television in the school's history. Fullerton dropped their second match in a row (19-30, 22-30, 23-30) and fall one game below .500 at 12-13. The loss also drops them to 3-8 in conference play. Santa Barbara improves to 15-8 overall and 10-2 in the Big West.
Three Titans and Three Gauchos hit for double-digits in kills, but the Gaucho offense just proved too strong as they out-hit the Titans .336 to .181.
Alyssa Opeka (13), Brittany Moore (10) and Danielle Hitzeman (11) all collected ten-or-more kills on the night with Opeka leading the team by hitting at a .344 clip. Moore added two block assists to lead the Titans.
Fullerton managed to hit .419 in game one, committing just one attacking error but dipped each game thereafter, finishing in game thee with a .039 percentage. Santa Barbara also got worse with each game, but started at a whopping .588 clip, dipping to just .246 in game three.
Sandell stood out from the rest of the Gauch players as Megan Blakshire and Lauren McLaughlin were the next highest in kills with 11 and 10 respectively.
Emily Hendrickson led all players with 18 digs on the evening, while Fullerton's Vanessa Vella led the Titans with 15.
Ashley Dutro benefited from the Gaucho kills picking up 50 assists to lead both teams.
Fullerton is set to return home for the remaining four matches of the season. The Titans will next do battle on Nov. 11 against UC Irvine starting at 7 p.m.