Nov. 1, 2010
Irvine, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton's Erin Saddler was named the Big West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 31, after leading the Titans to wins over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly last weekend at Titan Gym.
This is Saddler's fourth weekly honor of the year and sixth of her career setting new school records in both categories. The six career player of the week nods ties her with Long Beach State's Misty May for ninth-most in a Big West Conference career. Saddler is just two wins shy of tying former Cal Poly athlete Kylie Atherstone for most weekly honors in a season. Atherstone racked up a conference-best six weekly awards in 2007.
The outside hitter from Bellflower racked up 4.57 kills per set and 32 totals kills in the two wins on the weekend. She also added 12 digs, a pair of service aces and 3 blocks to help lift the Titans to their first-ever season series sweep of both the Gauchos and Mustangs.
On Friday, Saddler posted a match-high 17 kills and hit .273 as the Titans knocked the Gauchos out of first place. She also added 5 digs and three blocks (2 solos) in the win.
On Saturday, the senior posted a tie for the team-high in kills with 15 as the Titans had to come back to win three straight after dropping the first set to the Mustangs. Saturday night's win, the Titans' 19th of the year, set a new school record for victories in a season and put the Titans into sole possession of first place in league.
Saddler and the Titans will hit the road this week playing league matches at UC Davis and Pacific this coming weekend.