FULLERTON, Calif. – A 16-kill, 21-dig performance from senior Kayla Neto was not enough on Friday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center, as Pacific won the final two sets of a five-game marathon to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 3-2 (25-22, 14-25, 20-25, 25-13, 25-13).
After three sets, the Titans (6-10, 0-3 Big West) had a 2-1 lead over the Tigers (13-2, 1-1 Big West), but after holding Pacific to sub .150 attacking percentages in the second and third games respectively, CSF could not do the same in the match's final sets.
Pacific was led by Megan Birch's match-high 20 kills, while the Tigers hit at a clip of .308 in game four and .229 in game five. Hannah Clancy totaled a match-best 26 digs for the Tigers, while Kat Schulz recorded a double-double of 10 kills and 25 digs.
In addition to her double-double, Neto contributed one solo block and six block assists, while Bre Moreland also finished her night with a double-double of 13 kills and 15 digs.
Fresman Lauren Kissell added a season-high 16 kills, while senior Gabrielle Dewberry led CSF with 25 digs. Senior Kaylynne Taeatafa added 41 assists and 17 digs, producing her second double-double of the year.
The Titans will next take on UC Davis at 7 p.m., Saturday at The Pavilion on the UCD campus.
Notes: Cal State Fullerton is 0-3 in five-set matches in 2012…CSF has now lost six consecutive matches…Kayla Neto recorded her seventh double-double of the season…Bre Moreland recorded her eight double-double of 2012.