Nov. 11, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - Freshman Brittany Moore set a career high by pounding out 19 kills while hitting .421 to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 3-1 (30-27, 30-22, 28-30, 30-21) Big West Conference volleyball victory over UC Irvine Friday night at Titan Gym.
Moore's teammate, Danielle Hitzeman, tied her career-high with an 18-kill performance as the Titans picked up their fourth conference victory of the season improving to 4-8. The Titans improved to 13-13 overall, becoming only the fourth team in Fullerton's history to reach the 13-win plateau. UC Irvine falls to 9-17 on the season and just 2-9 in league, splitting the season series with the Titans.
Cal State Fullerton's air attack came out strong, posting back-to-back .300 or better hitting performances in games one and two, thanks to Moore and Hitzeman's arms as well as a surprising attack from setter Julie Geissert. Geissert had 5 kills in game two alone and set a career-high with 7 kills in the match. The Anteaters could not hit better than .222 in either of the first two games, falling behind quickly 2-0 at the break.
Irvine came back out for game three ready to play, showing signs of the team that the Titans fell two just three weeks ago. UCI turned the tables on the Titans hitting .326, committing just 4 hitting errors in the third game, while the Titans struggled at just .184. The Anteaters jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead and never looked back. They saw the Titans pull within one point twice, but never relinquished their lead. Trisha White led the Anteaters with six kills in game three, with Amanda Vasques right on her heels with 5. Vasquez hit .625 and picked up a block assist and solo to lead all players.
Moore again led the way for the Titans in game four picking up six kills in 9 attacks committing no errors in the victory.
Overall UCI had four players collect 10 or more kills with White leading the way with 16. Vasquez added 15 while Whitney Pavlik and Lauren Kellerman added 12 and 11 respectively.
Krista Conom had 51 assists to lead both teams in setting. Geissert picked up 42, while Jenna Carney added 12 as a substitute.
Fullerton's Vanessa Vella, for the fifth time in her career, scooped 30 digs in a match and also surpassed the 1,000-dig mark in just her second season. Vella is now tied with Krista Bebernes for fourth place on the all-time career list for digs by a Titan (1,020) and will likely be the all-time leader sometime next season. Last week the sophomore libero broke her own single-season dig record of 479 jumping it by 62 digs in just two matches.
Cal State Fullerotn will face Long Beach State tomorrow night at Titan Gym for another Big West Conference meeting. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.