Trips to UCR and USD Wrap Up 2006 Volleyball Season
Nov. 15, 2006
SERVICE: The Titans (16-11, 5-8) look to break a small two-game losing streak in their remaining games with UC Riverside (2-24, 0-13) and No. 17 San Diego (21-5) and will try to win their 17th and 18th victories of the year to tie the school record for wins in a season. With a victory against Riverside, the Titans will tie a school record with six wins in conference play.
ON THE AIR: The remaining two Titan volleyball games 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 Titan volleyball squad had a rough go of it last weekend getting swept by both UC Irvine (27-30, 29-31, 21-30) and Long Beach State (23-30, 11-30, 28-30) to drop into sixth place in the Big West Conference.
Amanda Pfielschiefter hit .500 with 11 kills and six blocks to lead the Titans on Friday night while Brittany Moore tallied 12 kills and three blocks on Saturday night against Long Beach. The two continue to ranks among the top ten in conference in attack percentage, with Pfielschiefter coming in at No. 4 with a .323 average on the season.
With a victory against UC Riverside on Nov. 17, the Titans will not only tie a school record for the most conference victories in a season (6), but they will ensure the team's best-ever winning percentage. With a pair of victory's to close out the season they will tie the school record with an 18-win season for the first time since 1981.
VERSUS THE HIGHLANDERS: Cal State Fullerton is 10-4 all-time against UC Riverside including wins in their last three meeting. On Sept. 28, the Titans downed the Highlanders 30-27, 30-19, 30-12, at Titan Gym led by a 15-kill attack and a four-block performance by Julie Geissert, improving to 13-2 on the season.
VERSUS THE TOREROS: Fullerton is 8-14 all-time against San Diego since their first meeting in 1980. The Titans have lost the last 12 meetings including last year's matches that thwarted Fullerton's chance at a winning season on the final day of the year.
&\#149; Vanessa Vella dug her way into the Big West Conference record books on Nov. 12 collecting her 1,565th career dig. She currently ranks No. 9 all-time in the conference history as a junior. She currently sits just 146 digs away from the top spot held by UCSB's Kristin Nelson (2001-04). The libero will likely break the record early in the 2007 season.
&\#149; With a victory on Oct. 28 over Pacific, Cal State Fullerton insured just its third-ever winning season in the program's existence. The Titans have now tied the 1996 team with the second-highest win total with 16. Fullerton needs just two more victories in its remaining four matches to tie the best-ever win total set by Fran Cumming's 1981 team that posted a 18-17 record.
&\#149; Fullerton's current .592 winning percentage is the highest mark in the school's history. The 1996 team (16-13) holds the record by putting up a .552 percentage.
&\#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 was just the sixth Big West Player of the Week in the program's existence on 9/4/06, and first since 2004 (Lauren Goins, OH). Breanna Turdeau became the Titans' seventh on 11/6/06. 2006 marked the first-time in program history that the Titans garnered two player of the weeks in one season.
&\#149; The team's 28-29 record over the past two seasons (2004-05) has given them the best winning percentage (.491) in back-to-back years in the program's 30-year existence. With 28 wins from 2004 to 2005, and 16 victories so far in 2006, the squad has amassed 44 wins, the most wins in any three-year period in the program's history.
&\#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.
&\#149; The Titans ended a 25-year, 52-match losing streak to UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 4 with a 23-30, 30-25, 30-22, 19-30, 15-10 victory.
&\#149; Away from Titan Gym, the Titans are 6-7 on the year, but just 2-7 in true "road games" held at the opponents' arena. Fullerton posted a 4-0 neutral site record this season in tournament play. Over the past three seasons the Titans are 5-24 in true road games.