Volleyball to Host Embassy Suites Tourney
Sept. 16, 2010
SERVICE: The Titans (6-3) return home this week for the unconventional 5-team, 9-match Fullerton Classic presented by the Embassy Suites Brea at Titan Gym. The Titans will host Penn (3-3), Liberty (7-3), West Virginia(7-3) and Yale (5-1).
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Volleyball has swept its opponents in 5 of its last 6 matches and is coming off a 2-1 week that saw them tie for second place at the UNLV Invitational.The Titans dropped the tourney opener to Pepperdine (18-25, 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 11-15) then rallied for a pair of sweeps over Eastern Kentucky (25-15, 25-14, 25-22) and tournament host UNLV (25-20, 25-16, 25-17).
Brown finished the weekend with 46 kills and a .359 attack percentage and tied her career high on Friday night against the Waves, blasting 21 kills in the losing effort. Neto had 35 kills and 4 blocks on the weekend and Croteau continued to write the Fullerton dig record books with 59 more digs and a season-high 32 against Pepperdine.
Transfer Leah Maurer returned to UNLV where she played from 2008 to 2009, and posted 29 kills over the weekend including 11 of them against her former team. She also led the team with 9 blocks in the 3 matches.
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VS PENN: THe Titans are 4-1 against Penn dating back to their first meeting in 1088. Fullerton and Penn last met in 2006 when the Titans took care of the Quakers in 4 sets at the Fullerton Classic. The Titans only loss came in 1999 (2-3).
VS WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia is making its first trip to Cal State Fullerton though the two teams have met once in their histories. In 1988, the Titans lost to the Mountaineers in four sets at the Georgetown Early Bird Tournament in Washington DC.
VS YALE and LIBERTY: This weekend will mark the first meeting between Cal State Fullerton and both Yale and Liberty on the volleyball court.
STAY ON TARGET... Titan sophomore Kayla Neto (OH/MB, Clarksburg, Calif.) currently ranks 5th in the Big West Conference with a .393 overall attack percentage. The hitter has connected for 102 kills (the second most on the Titan squad) with just 25 errors in 196 swings and ranks 50th in the country in hitting percentage. Though she is nowhere near the career minimums, Neto's current career attack percentage would rank her first all-time in Cal State Fullerton history, a good 60 points above Alex Wolnisty's (2006-09) .271 career total.
YOUR KILLIN' ME! Senior Erin Saddler (OH, Bellflower, Calif.), junior Torrie Brown (OH, Diamond Bar, Calif.) and sophomore Kayla Neto all rank among the Big West Conference's Top 10 in kills. Saddler leads the league in total kills (146) and second with 4.56 kills per set. Saddler's 4.56 kills per set also ranks her 12th in the nation heading into this weekend's competition. Neto (102, 3.19 cps) and Brown (101, 3.16 cps) rank 8th and 9th in the Big West, respectively. Saddler, with 1,164 kills, now ranks 5th all time in a Titan career.
A LITTLE HELP... Titan junior Andrea Ragan (S, Arroyo Grand, Calif.) is leading the Big West Conference with 11.27 and ranks 20th in the nation in assists per set through the first three weeks of the season. Ragan is fourth in the league in total assists, but the Titans have managed to get through their first nine matches in just 30 sets. Conference leader in total assists Sarah Cawrse (Cal Poly) has already competed in 40 sets. IN the UNLV Invitation opener, Ragan posted a season high 60 assists in the Titans' 5-set loss to Pepperdine, missing her career best effort by five assists.
DIGGING IN HER HEELS: Cal State Fullerton dig queen senior Cami Croteau ranks second in both total digs (152) and digs per set (4.75) in the Big West Conference. Pacific's Rebekah Torres is leading the conference with 4.77 dps and Cal Poly's Alison Mort has posted just four more digs than Croteau in 10 more matches to lead the league in total digs. Croteau is Cal State Fullerton's all-time leader in career digs and will likely break the 1,800 dig mark this weekend. She stands at 1,740 heading into Friday's action, which also ranks her 4th all-time on the Big West Career list. When she surpasses the 1,800 dig mark, she will be one of just three Big West volleyballers to have reached that plateau. Croteau is coming off one of her best dig performances. Last weekend in Las Vegas she scooped 32 attacks, missing her career high by just 3 digs. In her career the libero has collected 31-or-more digs five times. Only Vanessa Vella (2004-06) has reached 30-digs more times (6).
CAREER HIGH NIGHTS: Senior Erin Saddler (Bellflower, Calif. / Downey HS) landed a career best 28 kills on Aug. 28 against Loyola Marymount, breaking her previous career high of 27 set a year ago (Sept. 3, 2009) against the Montana Grizzlies. Junior Torrie Brown (Diamond Bar, Calif. / Diamond Bar HS) tied her career high with 21 kills against Pepperdine in last weekend's (Sept. 10) UNLV tournament opener. Brown had 21 kill s last season on Oct. 16 against Cal Sate Northridge.