Volleyball Missoula Bound for Weekend Tourney

Sept. 8, 2011

CAL STATE FULLERTON (3-3): The Titans are winners of three of their last four matches and head into their final tournament of the non-conference slate this weekend in Missoula against South Dakota, Idaho and host Montana.

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Last weekend the Titans finished 2-1 at the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Arizona, with a well balanced team effort against Eastern Washington, Arizona and Presbyterian College. Sophomore Bre Moreland logged a pair of double-doubles as the Titans split on the first day of competition, winning the opener against Eastern Washington (25-20, 25-16, 25-20) and dropping the nightcap to Arizona (16-25, 19-25, 25-12, 22-25). Junior Kayla Neto tallied a game-high 11 kills and stuffed a team-high 2 blocks against the Eagles while Moreland added a career-high 10 kills and scooped up 10 digs for her first career double-double. Senior Leah Maurer also posted 9 kills, hit .368 and also served up a pair of aces from the line in the win.

Later Friday night, Arizona jumped out to a 2-set-to-none lead and it proved too much to overcome. Despite CSF's dominant third set and a productive fourth set, the host Wildcats prevailed. Neto and Moreland again led offensively with 10 kills apiece, while Leah Maurer scored a career-best 7 blocks.

With the exception of the first couple of serves of each set, Presbyterian College was unable to keep up with Fullerton as the Titans put them away handily, 25-17, 25-12, 25-5, in each teams' final match of the tourney. The 25-5 set win was the largest margin of victory for Fullerton in the current 25-point scoring format. Freshman Elle Moffatt had a solid match against the Blue Hose, posting seven kills and five blocks. Moreland added 6 kills, a career-high 4 aces and 10 digs.

THIS WEEK IN TITAN VOLLEYBALL:
Friday, Sept. 9 vs. Idaho, 9 a.m. (West Auxiliary Gym, Missoula, Mont.)
Friday, Sept. 9 at Montana, 6 p.m. (West Auxiliary Gym, Missoula, Mont.)
Saturday, Sept. 10 vs. South Dakota, 5: 30 p.m. (West Auxiliary Gym, Missoula, Mont.)

FOLLOW: Fans can keep up with the latest in Titans athletics by following us on Facebook (Cal State Fullerton Athletics), Twitter (@FullertonTitans) and Vimeo.com (vimeo.com/fullertontitans).

TRACK: Live stats of all the matches of the Montana Invitational will be available at Montana's website GoGriz.com.

WATCH: A free video broadcast of Friday night's match will be available through Montana's America One. Shaun Radley will be providing the play-by-play with fromer Grizzlie blocker Jamie Thibeault providing the commentary. You can watch at by clicking here: http://b2tv.com/upcoming_events.asp?q=v&value=bigsky

VERSUS IDAHO: Cal State Fullerton and Idaho have a history of 18 matches dating back to 1983 with the Vandals holding a 13-5 all-time advantage. The Titans have won each of the last two contests - 3-0 in 2007 at Northridge Tournament and 3-2 in 2009 at home in the Titan Classic. The two teams were in the Big West Conference together from 1996 to 2004 where the Vandals posted a 12-2 record against the Titans in league affairs. Three of the five Titan wins versus have come at home, one at a neutral site and one in Moscow, Idaho. The Titans are 2-6 against the Vandals under Head Coach Carolyn Zimmerman.

VERSUS MONTANA: The Titans hold a perfect 3-0 record against the host Grizzlies dating back to the two teams' first meeting in 1997. The first two matches (1997 and 2009) were four-set wins for the Titans. Last year's meeting (Sept. 3, 2010) was a 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-8, 25-15). Fullerton has played two matches against Montana at home and one at a neutral site (Fresno State Tourney, Fresno, Calif., 1997.)

VERSUS SOUTH DAKOTA: This will be Cal State Fullerton and South Dakota's first meeting.

IN THE AVCA POLL: No teams from this weekend's tournament are in the AVCA's Div. I Coaches Top 25. The Titans have already played UCLA (No. 11 at the time) which is currently ranked No. 8 and have two matches ahead with No. 23 Long Beach State and one with No. 12 Hawaii on the final day of the season. final opponent, is currently No. 12 in the nation.

VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS: The Titans have beaten nationally ranked opponents just two time in their history, with both wins coming in the last two seasons. The first time the Titans beat a Top 25 team was in 2009 (Sept. 19, 2009) when they defeated No. 7 UCLA in five sets at Titan Gym. Last year, the Titans downed No. 21 San Diego (Sept. 22, 2010) in a three-set sweep in Titan Gym.

THEY'LL BE BACK: THis will be the third consecutive weekend on the road without a home match for Cal State Fullerton. After this weekend, the Titans will play their home opener on Sept. 16/17 against BYU and Utah State. They will have played their first nine matches away from Titan Gym for the first time since 2002. That year the Titans played the first 16 matches of the year on the road and didn't get to play their first match at home until October, three matches into conference play.

NETO NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior outside hitter Kayla Neto was named to her second consecutive all-tournament team after totaling a team-leading 31 kills, two aces, 22 digs and five blocks in games against Eastern Washington, Arizona and Presbyterian. She averages 3.10 kills per set and picked up a double-double in the second match vs. Arizona tallying 10 kills and 14 digs.

YAMATE NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Freshman defensive specialist Amanda Yamate was named to her first career all-tournament team last weekend for her defensive effort in games against Eastern Washington, Arizona and Presbyterian. She totaled 45 digs on the weekend and averaged 4.50 digs per set as the Titans went 2-1 in the Wildcat Classic. Yamate has played in all six of the Titans' matches so far this year and set a season high with 20 digs last Friday against Arizona.

MORELAND WAS HOT IN ARIZONA: Sophomore Bre Moreland may have deserved a spot on the Wildcat Classic all-tournament team last weekend, posting a well-rounded stat line of 26 kills, 36 digs, 5 service aces and four blocks. She opened the tournament with back-to-back double-double performances (both 10-kill, 13-dig) and finished just four kills shy of a third consecutive double-double outing on Saturday. In that final game, she did, however, set a career high with four service aces and a pair of solo blocks as the Titans took care of Presbyterian in three straight sets.

DEBUT FOR SEVEN: Freshman Amanda Yamate (South Torrance HS), Julie Consani (Cavalry Chapel HS), Dani Franks (Trabuco Hills HS) and Elle Moffatt (St. Mary's HS), sophomores Danika Miller (Mission Viejo HS) and Leah Best (Western Carolina), and Senior Kim Russell (Biola) each made their Titan debut within the first two weekends. All but Best were making their Div. I debut. Russell played three years at the NAIA level with Biola.

HEADING TOWARD THE TOP: Senior Andrea Ragan (Arroyo Grande, Calif.) sits just 500 total assists away from being Cal State Fullerton's all-time leader. Ragan, in her fourth season now, has tallied 3,407 total assists in 305 sets and sits in third place in the Titan record book behind No. 2 Kim Levey (3,621, 389 sets) and all-time assists leader Julie Geissert (3,907, 252 sets). Last weekend she passed No. 4 Stephanie Schrieve (3,388, 461 sets). Ragan could set a new school record somewhere around midseason. In 2009, the Arroyo Grande, Calif. native tallied 1,199 assists (sixth best single-season in CSF history) and 1,295 (thread best single-season totals in CSF history) a year ago. Her current 11.17 assists per set ranks first all-time in Cal State Fullerton history.

ACCURACY COUNTS: Junior Kayla Neto has posted back-to-back single-season attack percentages of .319 (2009) and .320 (2010) in he first two years in a Titan uniform, ranking her fourth and third, respectively, in the Titans' single-season record book. Only Katie Crawford (.328 in 2001) and Amanda Phielschiefter (pronounced PHIL-shifter, .322 in 2006) rank above her. Her career .319 mark heading into this season would by far set a new school record, but she has yet to reach the minimum in total attempts. Currently Alex Wolnisty's .271 career attack percentage leads the way. Wolnisty was a Titan from 2006-09. Neto is currently leading the team with 75 kills to her credit, but is hitting just .187 since taking on more of a primary hitter's role.