Sept. 15, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - The Titans take their best-ever start at 8-1 and look to earn their third-consecutive pre-season tournament championship as they host Penn, Lipscomb and San Diego State in the Holiday Inn Buena Park Fullerton Classic this weekend at Titan Gym.
QUICK HITS: &\#149; The team's 8-1 give them the best start in the programs history after nine games. This year's team started off 5-0, tying a school record (1985, 87, 96) with most consecutive wins to start a season.
&\#149; The Titans are 8-0 in tournament play this season. Though they did not complete a full schedule in Long Beach, the Titans went 2-0 at the Long Beach State Invitational and have captured two championships at both the Four Points Titan Classic and the Comcast Lobo Invitational. The Titans have lost just 4 of 28 games played while in a tournament.
&\#149; Brittany Moore became just the seventh Big West Player of the Week in the program's existence on 9/4/06, and first since 2004.
&\#149; The 2006 squad is looking to post its first winning season since 1996 after a pair of near misses in 2004 (14-14) and 2005 (14-15).
&\#149; The team's 28-29 record over the past two seasons has given them the best winning percentage (.491) in back-to-back years in the program's 30-year existence.
&\#149; The 2006 Big West Preseason Coaches' Poll has predicted a fifth place finish for the Titans -their highest preseason ranking ever.
TITANS VS. LIPSCOMB: The Titans and the Lady Bisons have never faced each other.
TITANS VS. SAN DIEGO STATE: The Titans are just 2-28 against the Aztecs. The Titans last played SDSU in 2004 when they swept them in three games at Titan Gym. The Titans only other win came on Oct. 3 1989.
TITANS VS. PENN: Fullerton has a 3-1 all-time advantage over the Quakers. In their last meeting, Penn downed the Titans in five games snapping their three-game losing streak that started in 1988.
BLOCKIN IT: Sophomore Brittany Moore (Orange, Calif.) moved into the conference top 10 in blocking after posting a team-leading 15 roofs (2 solos) at the Comcast Lobo Tournament in New Mexico. The MB/OH sits sixth in the Big West collecting 1.19 BPG. Setter Julie Geissert also lent a helping hand, collecting 11 block assists over the weekend, good for second on the team.
KILLIN IT: No Titan has been dominant in kill numbers in 2006. Senior Breanna Trudeau's 21 on Sept. 2 against Weber State is the most this season by any Titan in any one match. She has broken the 20-kill mark twice, but failed to collect more than ten in six other matches. Brittany Moore has been the most consistent hitter, posting seven matches in double-digit kills to lead the way. Her .372 attack percentage is also the second-best in the conference. Newcomer Deven Bukoski is not too far behind, having posted 6 matches in double-digits despite having only a .152 attack percentage.
DIGGIN IT: Vanessa Vella has gotten most of the credit in the back row over the past two season, but in 2006 the addition of Hawaiian natives Deven Bukoski and Mounia Nihipali has lightened the load for the junior libero. Vella, currently stands fourth in the conference in digs per game (4.58), while the freshman Bukoski is also represented in the top 10 (9th) with 2.97 DPG. Nihipali is third on the team with 86 total digs, behind both Vella (142) and Bukoski (92).
ACE HIGH: The Titans lead all the conference teams in service aces collecting 1.97 a game. Setter Julie Geissert is pacing the Big West posting 0.42 APG. Her 13 aces would place her third among conference players in total aces, behind Cal Poly's Chelsea Hayes (14) and Kylie Atherstone (16). Vanessa Vella sits just outside of the top 10 with 0.32 aces per game, with 10 overall.