Nov. 25, 2008
Irvine, Calif. - Senior Brittany Moore was named Big West Conference Player of the Year while teammates Cami Croteau, Erin Saddler, Jennifer Edmond and Andrea Ragan also earned recognition as the league office announced the 2008 all-conference selections Tuesday morning.
Moore is the first Cal State Fullerton volleyball player to take home the conference's highest honor and the 2008 group becomes the largest group of all-conference honorees in the program's existence.
Moore and Croteau were both named to the All-Big West First Team becoming just the 6th and 7th Titans to ever land on the elite squad. It is also the first time that two Fullerton teammates have ever graced the first team in the same season.
The Titans' 2008 co-captain, Moore, guided the Titans to their first conference winning record in the program's history by leading the league in both kills (456) and kills per set (4.04) where she also ranked 35th in the nation. The Orange, Calif. native has also scooped up 350 digs (tied for 10th in the Big West) and had her share in 62 total blocks.
Moore was awarded the Big West Player of the Week honor on two occasions in 2008 with her last coming after one of the greatest back-to-back offensive outbursts in Fullerton history. The outside hitter scored 60 kills (6.00 kps) and 34 digs (3.40 dps) including a career-high 31-kill effort in a pair of road wins on Nov. 14 and 15.
Croteau is one of three Titans to have played in every set so far as the team's libero. She has put up a conference leading 489 digs while sitting just percentage points behind UC Santa Barbara's Leigh Stephenson, and 89th in the country in digs per set with a 4.33 average. The sophomore from Orange, Calif., has had double digits in digs in 24 of the Titans' 31 matches to date, tallying 20-or-more on seven occasions and 30-or-more once.
Saddler follows up her all-freshman selection in 2007 with an honorable mention nod in 2008. Primarily a blocker last season, Saddler, switched over to become the Titans' second-best hitter behind Moore in 2008. The sophomore from Bellflower posted 323 kills (2.88 kps) and 49 blocks at the net while also leading the team at the service line with 29 aces. Saddler earned her first-career Big West Player of the Week nod in mid-September after blasting 57 kills with a .327 attack percentage in matches against then No. 5 UCLA, then-No. 20 San Diego, Southern Miss and Texas A&M.
Ragan and Edmond were recognized with their selections to the Big West All-Freshman team. They become the first Titan duo to grace the rookie team as a pair and become the 14th and 15th Titans all-time to earn the freshman honor.
Ragan (Arroyo Grande, Calif., Nipomo HS) has started the last 15 matches as the setter and guided the Titans to a 10-5 record. In just 66 of the Titans'113 sets to date, Ragan has posted the leagues 4th best assist per set average at 10.33 aps. The freshman also posted 7 double-doubles (assists/digs) and posted the team's season's best assist total on Nov. 15 with 65.
Edmond was a spark plug for the Titans off the bench, blasting 168 kills from the left side in 87 sets. The Torrance, Calif. native also added 104 digs, 34 blocks and 12 aces as a rookie. Edmond was named to the USD All-Tournament Team after posting 24 kills, a .326 hitting percentage, 11 digs and four blocks in 10 sets of the tournament.
Fullerton wraps up their 2008 schedule tonight in Los Angeles as they take on LMU at 7 p.m.