Crowne Plaza Fullerton Titan Classic Kicks Off Friday

Sept. 2, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. - SERVICE: The Titans open their home season this weekend by hosting the Crowne Plaza Fullerton Titan Classic which features Colorado, Montana and Georgia State.

Fullerton is 1-2 after a season-opening third-place performance at the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational won by host USC. The Titans beat Bucknell, 3-0, before losing to Loyola Marymount, 3-2, and the No. 10-ranked Trojans, 3-1.

LISTEN IN: Patrick Alog will again be on the air for all three home matches this weekend with free audio broadcasts on fullertontitans.com. To listen in, click here.

COMPLETE TOURNEY SCHEDULE:
Friday, Sept. 3
4:00 pm, (H) Colorado vs. Georgia State
7:00 pm, (H) Cal State Fullerton vs. Montana /
AUDIO

Saturday, Sept. 4
11:00 am, (H) Montana v.s Colorado
1:30 pm, (H) Cal State Fullerton vs. Georgia State /
AUDIO
5:00 pm, (H) Georgia State vs. Montana
7:30 pm, (H) Cal State Fullerton vs. Colorado /
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VS COLORADO: This weekend's meeting will be the first between Cal State Fullerton and Colorado.

VS GEORGIA STATE: The Titans and the Panthers have met one time back in 1996 at the UNLV Tournament back in 1996. The Titans won that match 3-0, 15-8, 15-9, 15-6. This is Georgia State's first trip to Cal State Fullerton.

VS MONTANA: The Titans and Grizzlies have matched up two times in their history with Fullerton coming out on top in both matches. They first met in 1997 at the Fresno State Tournament with Fullerton winning in four sets, 10-15, 15-6, 15-10, 16-14. Their last meeting came exactly a year ago (Sept. 3, 2009) at Titan Gym with the Titans again winning in four sets, 25-23, 26-28, 25-14, 38-36 behind Erin Saddler's 27-kill performance.

FAMILIAR FACES: When Georgia State and Fullerton meets on Saturday, the Titans' Torrie Brown and the Panthers will reunite for the first time since 2008 when Brown was a part of the Panthers' volleyball program. Five Panthers (Chelsea Perry, Muki Kangawa, Ashley Jones, Audry Cantrll and Rachel Roryce) are the only remaining players still left on Georgia State's roster from when Brown was a freshman. In 2008, she played in 85 sets over 27 matches for then-Head Coach Mike Webster. She finished third on the team in kills that year averaging 1.85 kills per set and 157 of them overall.

A NEW DIG QUEEN: Senior libero Cami Croteau (Orange, CA / Orange Lutheran HS) joined teammate Erin Saddler on the all-tournament team at the Trojan Invitational lat weekend but made more headlines surpassing Vanessa Vella's school record of 1,598 career digs in match No. 2 of the year. Entering the weekend, Croteau has 1,630 career scoops and has become just one of 10 players in the Big West Conference to ever reach the plateau. The senior has averaged 530 digs a season and if she were to continue at that pace, she would be battling for the all-time conference record at season's end. Croteau is already a two-time All-Big West first team player and looks to become just the second Titan all-time to earn the league honor three times in a Fullerton career.

CAREER HIGH NIGHT: Senior Erin Saddler (Bellflower, Calif. / Downey HS) landed a career best 28 kills last Saturday (Aug. 28) against Loyola Marymount breaking her previous career high of 27 set a year ago (Sept. 3, 2009) against the Montana Grizzlies. Saddler had 63 kills and hit .298 on the weekend and was named to the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational all-tournament team.

THE ZIMMERMAN FILE: Carolyn Zimmerman (109-133, .450) is in her ninth season as the Titans head coach after taking over for Mary Ellen Murchison in 2002. Zimmerman's 109 wins and .452 winning percentage are the best numbers by any Titan volleyball head coach dating back to 1976. She has guided the Titans to its most prosperous times, winning 14-or-more game in each of the last six seasons, and 17-or-more in three of the last four years. Over the last six seasons, the Titans are a combined 10 games over .500, significant because they had only been above .500 twice in the previous 24 seasons. Last season, she led the team to a school record-tying 18 wins. In 2008, the team posted 9 conference wins (the most by any Fullerton team) as well as its first winning record in league (9-7). Over the last two seasons, Zimmerman has coached the only two Titans to ever be named All-Americans (Brittany Moore in 2008, Kayla Neto in 2009) as well as the program's only Big West Player of the Year in Brittany Moore.

TITANS 4TH IN PRESEASON POLL: Cal State Fullerton volleyball was picked to finish fourth in the Big West Conference according the the annual preseason coaches poll released on Aug. 9. The nine Big West head coaches picked Long Beach State to win its third consecutive Big West crown with UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara coming in at No. 2 and 3, respectively. Behind Fullerton is Cal Poly and UC Davis (tied for 5th), Pacific (7th), Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside (tied for 8th). Since 1980, the Titans have never finished a season higher than 5th place in league action. This is marks the highest preseason vote for Fullerton in the history of the coaches poll.

NEW TITANS: The Titans lost seven players from last year's roster, but gained six in the transition. Incoming this year are five freshman, Abbie Miraldi (OH, Grass Valley, Calif., Nevada Union HS), Ayana Whitaker (MB, Murrieta, Calif., Vista Murrieta HS), Danika Miller (RS, Mission Viejo, Calif., Mission Viejo HS), Maya Macpherson (MB, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Marymount HS) and Bre Moreland (OH), Mission Viejo, Calif., Capistrano Valley HS) and a junior transfer Leah Maurer (OH/RS, Mission, Kan.) from UNLV.

TITAN TRIO: The first Cal State Fullerton trio of All-Big West first-teamers return as a group for the 2010 season. Seniors Erin Saddler (MB, Bellflower, Calif., Downey HS) and Cami Croteau (DS/L, Orange, Calif., Orange Lutheran HS), along with Sophomore Kayla Neto (MB/OH, Clarksburg, Calif., Christian Brothers HS) were all named to the 2009 All-Big West First Team after their performances helped guide the Titans to their first 18-win season since 1981. Neto went on to become the Titans' second All-American (honorable mention) in program's history and she also received Big West and AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year accolades.