Matadors and Bisons on Deck for Volleyball

Oct. 9, 2008

ON TAP:
Sat., Oct. 11, at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 12, vs. Bucknell (Titan Gym), 4 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton take their modest 2-match winning streak to Northridge on Saturday to continue their Big West Conference campaign against the Matadors before heading home to play a non-conference match with Lewisburg, Pennsylvania's Bucknell Bisons. With a pair of wins, the Titans will get back to the .500 mark, somewhere they have not been since Sept. 9.

Complete Set of Match Notes in PDF Format

LAST WEEK: The Titans bounced back in conference play last week with wins against UC Riverside and UC Irvine last Friday and Saturday behind the play of Big West Player of the Week Brittany Moore.

The Titans needed all five sets to beat the Highlanders, snapping a three-match losing streak. Alex Wolnisty and Erin Saddler combined for 27 kills while Moore delivered 21 of her own to lead all players.

Moore also picked up 21 digs in the match, giving her the first of two double-doubles on the weekend. The following night, Moore again took the team on her shoulders and posted a season-best 25 kills (with 10 digs) and a .328 attack percentage as Fullerton downed the Anteaters in four sets. Saddler had another big night with 10 kills and four service aces in the win.

LISTEN LIVE: This weekend's matches will be broadcast live on fullertontitans.com. Patrick Alog will bring you all the action on Saturday while Mike Martinez will fill in for Alog at courtside on Sunday. Visit fullertontitans.com and click the banner on the right with the microphone to listen in.

VIDEO STREAMS: The Titans in conjunction with the Big West Conference will provide a live video stream all of their home games and all Big West road games via bigwest.tv. It is subscription based, so get set up early so you will not miss any spikes, digs, or blocks this coming season. It's easy, just got to bigwest.tv and get set up today!

VS CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: Since 1980, the Titans trail in the all-time series 6-20 in matches with the Matadors and have lost the last five in a row. The Titans last win over the Matadors came at Titan Gym on Sept. 24, 2005, 30-28, 30-27, 30-27.

VS BUCKNELL: The Titans are 2-0 all-time against the Bisons dating back to their first meeting in 1996. Both matches (1996 and 2003) have been played at Fullerton's Titan Gym. Both matches resulted in three set sweeps by the Titans.

MOORE GETS RECOGNIZED: Senior Brittany Moore (Orange, Calif.) was named Big West Conference Player of the Week Monday morning for her play the week ending Oct 5. For her outstanding performance, Moore also was mentioned by CVU.com as one of its national top performers of the week. The outside hitter led the Titans to a pair of Big West Conference road wins at UC Riverside and UC Irvine and not only posted double-doubles in both matches, but notched back-to-back 20-plus kill efforts each night. On Friday, Moore posted 21 kills and 21 digs as Fullerton needed all five sets to defeat the Highlanders and cease its three-match losing streak. The following night the outside hitter bested her previous match's kill numbers with a 25-kill performance to set her season-high in Irvine. The Orange, Calif., native also hit .328 on the night, scooped up 11 digs and also added three blocks (including a solo) to the Titans' defense. In the two matches, Moore had 46 kills, 32 digs, and five blocks while hitting .299. This marks Moore's third career Big West Player of the Week nod and first this season. She also becomes just the 10th Titan to ever garner the weekly award, and the second Titan this season, joining Erin Saddler. CVU.com's Top Performers are one of numerous finalists for the web site's national player of the week award.

QUICK HITS:

&\#149; With Brittany Moore earning Big West Player of the Week honors, she becomes the Second Titan this year to take home the award and just the 10th all-time. It is only the second time in school history that two players have picked up the award in the same year. The last time it happened, Moore and Breanna Trudeau earned the honor in 2006.

&\#149; In her second and third career starts last weekend, freshman Andrea Ragan posted a 43- and 46-assist matches, the third- and fourth- best assist numbers for the Titans of the year.

&\#149; Brittany Moore ranks 7th in the Big West with 3.29 kills per set and is one of four league players with over 200 total kills. She has also collected double-digits in kills in 13 of the Titans' 18 matches.

&\#149; Brittany Moore (7th) and Cami Croteau (5th) both rank in the Big West's top 10 in digs. Croteau and Davis' Avreeta Singh are the only two players in the league with more than 230 total digs.

&\#149; Brittany Moore has eight double-doubles (kills/digs) in the Titans' 18 matches played to date.

&\#149; Brittany Moore moved into the Titan record books with her 372 set played. She now ranks 10th all-time in sets played at Cal State Fullerton knocking out fromer teammate Sarah Morrison (370 sp from 2001-2005).

&\#149; Sophomore Erin Saddler had a fantastic weekend at the service line dropping nine service aces against UC Riverside and UC Irvine. Saddler served up a career-high five against UCR on Friday night, then backed it up with a four-ace performance on Saturday.

&\#149; For the first time in the program's existence, the Titans posted seven conference victories, and finished tied for fifth place in the league in 2007, matching their best ever finish. It was just the fourth time that the Titans accumulated at least six conference victories.

&\#149; Cal State Fullerton is 76-422 all-time in conference play, an average of just over 2 wins a season in league action form 1980-2007. Over the last four seasons though, the Titans are averaging 6 wins in league play, the best four seasons in the programs history.

&\#149; The Titans 2008 roster is heavy on the under classmen with 11 of the 15 members being freshman (6) and sophomores (5). Brittany Moore is the lone senior on the squad, with juniors Alex Wolnisty (Riverside, Calif.), Deven Bukoski (Kula, Haw.) and transfer Ashley Collier (Huntington Beach, Calif., Belmont University) filling out the upper class.

&\#149; Jennifer Edmond, Stephanie Sommer and Sydney McDowell, Andrea Ragan and Courtney Curran have all made their collegiate debuts in 2008.

&\#149; Senior Brittany Moore and junior Alex Wolnisty have returned to their posts as co-team captains in 2008.

&\#149; The Titans' 15 wins in 2007 is the fourth best total in the program's history.

&\#149; For just the fourth time in the program's history, the 2007 Titans finished the season with a .500 record or better, going 15-15 on the year.

&\#149; With a 17-win season in 2006, and a 15-win season in 2007, the Titans have now seen the best two back-to-back years, in terms of victories, in the history of the program. The record was set last season, breaking a record set from 1980 to 1981.

&\#149; With its fourth straight season with at least 14 wins, the Titan volleyball program has posted a 60-56 record (.517), the most successful four seasons in the program's history.