Nov. 15, 2008
Stockton, Calif. - Brittany Moore and Alex Wolnisty each set career highs by combining for 51 kills as Cal State Fullerton (16-14, 9-6) defeated Pacific (10-15, 9-6) 3-2 in a Big West Conference volleyball match at the Spanos Center Saturday night.
With the win, the Titans sweep the season series from the Tigers and ensure their first ever winning conference season with their school record ninth league victory.
Big West Player of the Year candidate again put the team on her back as she connected for a career-best 31 kills and hit .333 to guide the Titans to the 26-24, 22-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-10 win. Moore also tallied 16 digs on the night, good for her 16 match with double figures in kills and digs.
Attack percentages of .333, .500 and .317 from Moore, Wolnisty and Erin Saddler, respectively, lifted the Titans' team percentage to .339 on the night, besting the Tiger's team mark by 70 points.
For the second night in a row, the Titans had to battle through some adversity to pull off the five-set win. Trailing 2-1, Fullerton bounced back with 10 combined kills from Wolnisty and Moore and led wire-to-wire in the fourth set to force a fifth frame.
It was Wolnisty in the deciding set with five more kills to lead the way, but it was Moore's 31st of the night that sealed the win, boosting the Titans record to 4-2 in five setters.
Wolnisty blasted 20 kills on the night and added three block assists, while Saddler put up a 14-kill, 11-dig, two block effort as Fullerton put up a season high 76 kills as a team. Setter Andrea Ragan also had a prosperous night, tallying a season-best 65 assists.
Alexa Anderson paced the Tiger offense with 18 kills. She and Svenja Engelhardt combined for 35 kills and were two of four Pacific players in double digit kills.
Nine players on the floor had 10-or-more digs with Pacific's Dancyne Kama leading all of them with 28 scoops. Fullerton's Cami Croteau led the visitors with 24.
The Titans now return to Fullerton to wrap up their home and Big West Conference schedules with a Nov. 22 match against Long Beach State. The Titans are looking to break their 52-game losing streak to the 49ers and are also seeking their 10th conference win. Senior Brittany Moore will be honored as the lone graduating senior prior to the match that begins at 7 p.m.