Another Four-Match Week for Volleyball

Sept. 16, 2008

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Tues., Sept. 16 vs. San Diego State (Titan Gym), 6 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 19 vs. USF (Titan Gym), 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept 20 vs. Central Connecticut State (Titan Gym), 1 p.m.
Sat., Sept 20 vs. No. 9 Cal (Titan Gym), 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK:
Loss to No. 5 UCLA, 0-3
Loss to No. 20 San Diego, 0-3
Win over Texas A&M, 3-1
Win over Southern Miss, 3-0

Complete Set of Match Notes in PDF Format

LISTEN LIVE: All the matches this week from Titan Gym will be broadcast live on fullertontitans.com. Patrick Alog will bring you all the action from courtside as the Titans host San Diego State, USF, Central Connecticut State and Cal. Visit fullertontitans.com and click the banner on the right with the microphone to listen in.

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LET'S GET IT STARTED: The Titans host San Diego State on Tuesday night and then host their second tournament of the young season this weekend.

Fullerton is riding a 2-match winning streak after two impressive wins on Saturday at the USD Tournament. Fullerton swept Texas A&M, 3-0, to snap a 6-match losing streak. The Titans hit .316 for the match and came back later in the evening to beat Southern Mississippi, 3-1.

Erin Saddler, who was selected the Big West Conference player of the week and made the USD all-tourney team along with teammates Jennifer Edmond and Genie Francisco, had a career-high 19 kills vs. the Aggies while hitting a remarkable .457. She bettered the kill mark that night with 23 vs. Southern Mississippi. She ended the week with 57 kills.

The Titans began the week with a home loss to No. 5-ranked UCLA and lost the USD Tourney opener to the No. 20-ranked host.

VS SAN DIEGO STATE: Cal State Fullerton is 3-30 all-time versus the Aztecs dating back to 1980. The Titans and Aztecs met last season on Sept. 11, 2007 with SDSU coming out on top 3-2 (26-30, 30-27, 30-25, 15-30, 15-12) in San Diego. The last time SDSU was in town to face Fullerton at Titan Gym, was in 2006 (Sept. 16) when the Titans won that affair in four games, 30-23, 27-30, 31-29 and 30-26.

ABOUT THE AZTECS: The Aztecs are coming into the week 3-6 overall after going 1-2 at the Gonzaga Invitational in Spokane, Washington, which featured Weber State, Gonzaga and UTEP. The San Diego State offense is led by hitters Lauren Salisbury (3.36 kps) and Stephanie Darnall (2.47 kps), who are pacing a squad that is hitting .191 as a whole. At the net, Bailee Helwig leads the squad with 36 total blocks followed closely by teammates Kelsey Manasco (35) and Salisbury (32).

VS USF: The Titans are 1-3 all time against San Francisco dating back to their first meeting in 1990. The last meeting between the two teams came in 2005 at the Crown Royal Showcase in Portland, Oregon. The Titans won that meeting 3-1 (25-30, 30-28, 30-16, 30-25. The Two teams last met in Titan Gym in Sept of 2000, where San Francisco finished on top, 3-1.

ABOUT THE DONS: The Dons enter the week with a 6-3 record after completing a 2-1 run in their own Asics/Coca-Cola Invitation. Their tourney championship match went five games with Miami coming out on top to remain undefeated on the year. San Francisco, which is hitting .245 as a team, is led by hitters Sarah Madala (3.68 KPS), and Carly Babin (2.94 KPS and a .421 attack Percentage). In the blocking department Alix Gombos (35 total blocks, 1.03 bps) leads the way, while Haley Carroll is pacing the squad in digs with 4.71 dps.

VS CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE: This will mark the first meeting between Central Connecticut State and Cal State Fullerton.

ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS: The Blue Devils are coming to Fullerton for the first time beginning the week with a 3-5 record after going 0-3 at the Harvard Invitational. As a team they are hitting .175 with Lauren Snyder leading the way offensively, collecting 4.00 kills per set. Jaime Baumert is their leading blocker, having tallied 28 total blocks thus far (7 solos). Kaitlin Petrella is the Blue Devils' leading digger, scooping 3.44 a set. Amanda Bayer is also serving up a storm, dropping 18 aces on her opponents in just eight matches.

VS NO. 9 CAL: The Golden Bears and Titans have met just five times in their histories dating back t 1980 with Cal holding a 4-1 advantage over Fullerton. The last meeting between the two resulted in a win for Cal State Fullerton back in 1991 in Titan Gym. Fullerton beat Cal 15-13, 15-9, 5-15, 15-9 in the JMN Premiere Tournament on Sept. 14, 1991.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: Cal comes into the week ranked No 9 in the nation by the AVCA with a 7-1 overall record. Their only loss cam last weekend at the Diet Coke classic against host Minnesota in three sets. They are currently riding a two-game winning streak after putting away Notre Dame and ranked Cal Poly. The Titans will be the Bears fourth Big West opponent on the young season joining UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and Cal Poly. Leading the team in kills is Hana Cutura, with 4.23 kills per set and a .336 attack percentage. At the net is Mindi Wiley (23 blocks) and Morgan Beck (22 blocks), are pacing the squad in the block department. Setter Carli Lloyd is setting at a blazing 11.56 assists per set, for a total of 312 already.

TOURNEY WRAP UP: The Titans finished in second place at the USD Tournament last weekend going 2-1 against Southern Miss (W), Texas A&M (W) and No. 20 San Diego (L). For their efforts, three Titans (Erin Saddler, Jennifer Edmond and Genie Francisco) were named to the all-tournament team, the most by any one team on the weekend. Saddler set career highs in kills in consecutive matches on Saturday picking up 42 kills, and a .333 attack percentage in seven sets played. Edmond hit .379 on the tournament and scored 16 kills, 11 digs and a pair of block assists. Francisco, the Titans' setter, had 85 assists but also did her share in the blocking department, picking up eight block assists in the seven matches.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Titans are 0-3 on the year in games against ranked opponents, and have another in No. 9 Cal visiting Titan Gym this weekend. Seven2008 Titan opponents are currently gracing the AVCA Top 25 poll (No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 Cal, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 17 San Diego, No. 19 Cal Poly, No. 22 Long Beach State and No. 21 Pepperdine has moved into the poll since playing Fullerton).

SADDLER EARNS POW HONORS: Cal State Fullerton's Erin Saddler picked up her first career Big West Conference Volleyball Player of the week nod for the week ending Sept. 14, 2008. Saddler (So., MB, Bellflower, Calif.) put the Titans on her back in the final two matches of last week, as Cal State Fullerton snapped a six match losing streak (that included three consecutive pair-ups with AVCA Top 20 teams) with wins over Texas A&M and Southern Miss. The second-year Titan led the squad in kills in a match versus No. 5 UCLA, posting 10 kills, two digs and a .381 attack percentage. Saddler was then moved away from her normal middle-blocking post for the weekend and into a hitting role where she led the Titans in kills in two of the three tournament games. She earned herself a spot on the USD Volleyball Tournament's all-tournament team picking up double-digits in kills in two of the three games in San Diego. On Saturday versus Texas A&M, Saddler set her career high in kills, blasting 19, while hitting a whopping .457, leading the Titans to their first victory since Aug. 30. Then later in the afternoon, she bested herself again, posting a new career-high with 23 kills. On the week, Saddler posted 57 total kills and an overall attack percentage of .325 with a pair of service aces, seven digs and three block assists. Saddler becomes just the ninth Titan to ever receive the weekly conference accolade, and the first since Oct. 10, 2007 when Brittney Moore was the recipient.

QUICK HITS: &\#149; Prior to snapping their season-worst six match losing streak last Saturday against Texas A&M, the Titans had lost 18 of 19 sets dating back to the second day of the season. Their only win came in set one of the UNLV match on Sept. 6.

&\#149; The Titans six-match losing streak was their longest losing streak in three seasons. The last time Fullerton had lost six matches in a row was Oct. 7-22, 2005.