Titans Begin Big West Play at Home Versus Davis

Sept. 21, 2007

Fullerton, Calif. - The Titans return from a much-needed by weekend, and head full throttle into Big West Conference action this weekend with a pair of matches against UC Davis and Pacific. Fullerton dropped a five-game match to the Aztecs of San Diego State last week, evening its record at 5-5 on the year. Co-Captains Brittany Moore and Alex Wolnisty continue to lead the team on the floor with Moore currently riding a three-game streak with 20-or-more kills.

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Friday, Sept. 21 vs. UC Davis (3-9, 0-1) (Titan Gym) Audio broadcast live on fullertontitans.com Video streamed at bigwest.tv

Saturday, Sept. 22 vs. Pacific (7-2, 1-0) (Titan Gym) Audio broadcast live on fullertontitans.com Video streamed at bigwest.tv

VERSUS UC DAVIS: Cal State Fullerton is 3-2 all-time since 2004 against the Aggies who are playing their first official season in the Big West Conference. Fullerton has dropped the least two meetings dropping both matches in 2006 at home and on the road.

VERSUS PACIFIC: The Titans are just 4-42 all-time against Pacfic but have taken three of the last four meetings with the Tigers. including the series sweep last year. The Titans snapped a 0-41 skid against Pacific in 2004 with a five game victory in Fullerton.

CONFERENCE OPENERS: The Titans have won the last two conference openers in both 2005 and 2006 over Pacific, but those are the only two wins to open league play in the school's history. The Titans are 2-25 all-time, and until the Titans' beat Pacific on Sept. 23, 2004, Fullerton was riding a 25-match losing streak dating back to the 1980 season.

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CONFERENCE OPENERS: The Titans have won the last two conference openers in both 2005 and 2006 over Pacific, but those are the only two wins to open league play in the school's history. The Titans are 2-25 all-time, and until the Titans' beat Pacific on Sept. 23, 2004, Fullerton was riding a 25-match losing streak dating back to the 1980 season.

HOME COOKIN': The Titans have played seven of their first 10 matches on the road and are happy to be back home for a three-match home stand featuring UC Davis, Pacific and LMU. Fullerton is 2-1at home in 2007, with wins over Bowling Green and Portland State, earning the Holiday In Buena Park Titan Classic championship. Alex Wolnisty is leading the Titans in kills/kills per game (40 / 3.33 kpg), also ranking second in total blocks with 10. Erin Saddler has 11 total blocks on her home court to lead the way in that department. The Titans' only loss at Titan Gym this season was a five-gamer to Stony Brook back on Sept. 1.

SERVING UP ACES: The Titans are leading the Big West Conference from the service line, posting nearly two (1.95) aces per game and have three players in the league's individual Top 10. Cari Bailey (16 aces, 0.52 apg) and Brittany Moore (13 aces, 0.46 apg) rank second and third, respectively, while Erin Saddler (15 aces, 0.41 apg) rounds out the league's top five, ranking fifth.

HITTING FOR AVERAGE: Sophomore Alex Wolnisty ranks fifth in the Big West, hitting .331 on the season with 118 totals kills in 242 swings. Freshman Erin Saddler slides in at the No. 10 spot, flirting with a .300 mark at .299 on the year.

Brittany Moore: The junior returns to the Titans touted as the team's most potent all-around player, coming off a Fist-Team All-Big West caliber season. Head Coach Carolyn Zimmerman says she plans on relying on her to set the tone and utilizes her abilities in critical situations. Moore is a very versatile player and will be moved from the right side to the left as needed. Moore, is coming off a spring and summer that saw her try out for the US National Volleyball team in Colorado Springs, Col.

MORE ON MOORE: Brittany Moore might get a little help at the net this season with the emergence of sophomore Alex Wolnisty and newcomer Erin Saddler (a pair of 6-plus-footers). Moore split her court time over the past two seasons as a blocker and a hitter, and climber the Fullerton blocking charts. Coming into 2007, the Orange, Calif. native ranks fourth all-time in Total blocks in a career with 224, just 139 blocks from the all-time leader Stephanie Scofield 363 from 1988-91). She has produces 104 and 120 blocks her freshman and sophomore years, respectively, and ranks in the CSF top 10 in blocks per game in both the career and single-season record books in just two years on the court.

WOLNISTY BREAKS OUT: Sophomore Alex Wolnisty had a career night last Tuesday against San Diego State, blasting a career-high 18 kills and hit a whopping .720 on the match without committing an error. That .720 mark is the best this season by anyone in the Big West Conference. She also added three blocks on the night.

CO-CAPTAINS: Junior Brittany Moore and Sophomore Alex Wolnisty, have been named this season's co-team captain. The duo will be taking over for departed senior Breanna Trudeau in that capacity.

NOT A TYPO: Hawai'ian native Mounia Nihipali (OH, SR, Honolulu Hawai'i, Fresno State) has a middle name that rivals the lenghth of the alphabet, and actually beats it if you count punctuation! Kealohakeanuenueo'ku'upu'uwai is her middle name, (you might have to ask her to say it for you) and it is 26 letters long.

TIGHTLY KNIT TRIO: Erin Saddler, Cami Croteau and Genie Francisco all come to Fullerton as freshman having played with each other before. The three volleyballers were a part of the Mizuno Long Beach 18 club team that earned the silver medal in the Junior Olympics in Minneapolis, Minnesota this past summer.

3,100 AND CLIIMBING: Junior Julie Geissert broke the 3,100-assist mark last week at San Diego State and has moved herself to within 505 assists of Kim Levey's (1999-2002) school record of 3,621 career assists. Geissert, Levey and Stephanie Schrieve (1988-91) Melissa Blackler (1995-97) are the only Titans Titans to ever amass more than 3,000 assists in a career at Cal State Fullerton. The Fresno native Geissert has posted 10.79 apg over her three seasons in a Titan uniform and currently ranks third all-time at CSF in aces per game. So far this year, the setter has posted one 60+ assist night and four matches with 50-or-more assists.