Oct. 17, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton (13-6, 2-4) will wrap up a three-game home stand with matches against Big West Conference foes, Long Beach State (14-4, 4-1) and UC Irvine (5-13, 0-4) at Titan Gym on Oct. 20 and 21.
ON THE AIR: All of the remaining Titan volleyball game (minus the UC Davis match) will be brought to you live on fullertontitans.com by play-by announcer Patrick Alog. Also, all Big West Conference matches can be seen live on BigWest TV. With a subscription, you can watch the action as it happens, right from your personal computer. Just go to bigwest.org/tv for more details.
LAST WEEK: The Titans are coming off a devastating loss on Friday the 13th, as they fell to Cal State Northridge, 3-2, after letting a 14-7 lead slip in Game 5. Not only did the Matadors sweep the season series with the Titans, but they extended Fullerton's losing streak to a season-high four games.
Deven Bukoski earned her ninth double-double of the season, tallying a career-high 18 kills and 16 digs to lead the Titan offense while Vanessa Vella made history on the defensive side. The junior libero collected 32 digs to give her 1,394 in her career, the most by any player in the history of the program. She is just one of four players to collect more than 30 digs in a match, accomplishing it an unprecedented eight times in her three-year career.
Fullerton is still looking for two more wins to ensure their first winning season since 1996.
VERSUS THE 49ERS: The Titans have lost the last 47 matches in a row and are just 4-48 all-time against Long Beach State since 1980. Fullerton's last match victory over the 49ers, was on Oct. 19, 1982. CSF has won just 3 games against LBSU since 2000 (12 matches).
VERSUS THE ANTEATERS: The Titans are trailing the all-time series with UC Irvine,19-34. The Titans split the season series in 2005 winning the last match at Titan Gym in 4 games on Nov. 11, 2005.
AWAY FROM HOME: 6-4
TOURNAMENT PLAY: 11-0
IN THREE GAMES: 7-3
IN FOUR GAMES: 5-2
IN FIVE GAMES: 1-1
&\#149; This year's team started off 5-0, tying a school record (1985, 87, 96) with most consecutive wins to start a season. Then later posted a seven-match winning streak from Sept. 8 to Sept. 21, the best-ever streak in the program's history. The winning streak was snapped by Cal State Northridge on Sept. 23 as the Matadors downed the Titans, 3-1 in Northridge. The team would go on to the school's best-ever start at 12-1 before earning their second loss
&\#149; The Titans recorded 14 straight winning games from Sept. 8 to Sept. 16 over a span of five matches to set a new school record. The old record was held by the 1996 squad, which posted 12 wins in a row from Oct. 9 to Oct. 14 over a span of four matches.
&\#149; The Titans were 11-0 in tournament play this season, winning three tournament titles (Four Points Titan Classic, Comcast Logo Invitational, and the Holiday Inn Fullerton Classic) in a season for the first time in the history of the program. Fullerton also competed in the Long Beach State Tournament, going 2-0. The Titans did not place in the tournament because they did not play a full tournament schedule. The Titans lost just 6 of 39 games in tournament play.
&\#149; Sophomore 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 (Lauren Goins, OH).
&\#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). The Titans need just 2 more match victories to insure its first winning season in nine seasons.
&\#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. The Titans have never won more than 6 conference matches in the history of the program.