Cal State Fullerton snapped a six-macth skid, and picked up its first Big West win of the year with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory at UC Davis last Saturday.
The Titans will try to continue that momentum at 7 p.m., Saturday, playing their third straight match on the road at UC Riverside.
GAMEDAY AT UCR
October is breast cancer awareness month, and on Saturday, the Highlanders are hosting their annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free breast cancer awareness t-shirt, and UC Riverside's The Well will be on site passing out pink ribbons and informational pamphlets. Breast Cancer Awareness 365 will also be selling items at the match, and will donate part of their proceeds to the Pink Ribbon Place.
Cal State Fullerton's match at UC Riverside will be broadcast for free on BigWest.TV. The link is available on the CSF Volleyball schedule page.
Cal State Fullerton will offer an online audio broadcast of Saturday's game at UC Riverside. The links are available on the CSF Volleyball schedule page.
Live Stats for Saturday's match will be provided. Links will be posted on the CSF Volleyball schedule page when they become available.
CSF (7-10, 1-3) VS. UC RIVERSIDE (5-12, 0-4)
Overall Record: 21-4
Home Record: 12-1
Away Record: 9-3
Overall Conference Record: 19-3
Big West Record: 19-3
Current Streak: Won14
UC Riverside enters Saturday's contest on a four-match losing streak, as the Highlanders have yet to pick up a win in Big West Conference play. The Highlanders lost in five sets to both Cal State Northridge and UC Davis, but were swept by Hawai'i and Pacific.
Last week, Amanda Vialpando and Ashley Cox led UCR at the net, totaling 33 and 36 kills, respectively.
Inside the Numbers: UC Riverside ranks seventh in the Big West with an attacking percentage of .168, while the Titans' clip of .158 rates ninth. UC Riverside leads the league averaging 1.51 service aces per set, followed by Cal State Fullerton (1.48 sa/s).
Cal State Fullerton 3, UC Riverside 2
(Oct. 29, 2011 • Titan Gym • Fullerton , Calif.)
Leah Maurer led a quartet of Titans in double digit kills and had at least one hand in six blocks as Cal State Fullerton snapped a three-match losing streak with a five-set win over UC Riverside. The Titans won for just the second time in the month of October (2-6) with the 25-19, 20-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-6 Big West Conference victory, upping their record to 10-13 overall and 5-6 in league play. It was also the 14th consecutive victory over the Highlanders for Fullerton.
Maurer led the Titans with 18 kills and hit .353 to pace the Titan attack. Kayla Neto (17 kills) Ayana Whitaker (12 kills) and Jennifer Edmond (10 kills) provided additional firepower as the Titans out-hit the Highlanders .231 to .123.
The last time Cal State Fullerton defeated UC Riverside: CSF 3, UCR 2
Oct. 29, 2011 at Titan Gym (Fullerton, Calif.)
Score: 25-19, 20-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-6
The last time CSF defeated UCR on the road: CSF 3, UCR 2
Sept. 30, 2011 at SRC Arena (Riverside, Calif.)
Score: 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-9
NETO NAMED BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Kayla Neto was named Big West Women's Volleyball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday.
The 6-2 outside hitter/middle blocker contributed in all facets with weekly averages of 4.30 kills, 3.70 digs and 1.10 blocks per set while swinging at a clip of .250 (43-11-128).
Neto produced 16 kills, 21 digs and seven blocks in a heartbreaking 3-2 setback to the Tigers last Friday. The Titans delivered their first Big West win of the year in last Saturday's five-set marathon against UC Davis. Neto provided a sound all-around effort with a match and season-high 27 kills to go along with 16 digs, four blocks and one service ace. She hit .253 (27-8-75) for the match and played a big role in the comeback win as the Titans hit .289 and .308 in the decisive fourth and fifth sets, respectively. Neto totaled 12 kills in the final two games.
Neto's 27-kill, 16-dig stat line also represented her eighth double-double of the 2012 campaign.
This is Neto's third Big West Player of the Week honor in her career at Cal State Fullerton, and the first since her freshman season in 2009.
RETURNING TO TITAN GYM • PROMOTIONS
Cal State Fullerton returns to Titan Gym on Thursday, Oct. 11, to host UC Irvine. It will be high school night as area volleyball teams will be admitted for free. (Contact ticket office before attending for restrictions). On Saturday, Oct. 13, CSF will host "Rivalry Night." Fans that wear orange will receive a "Beat the Beach" sign.
Senior Kayla Neto has totaled 1,338 kills during her career at Cal State Fullerton, a number that ranks fifth all-time. She would need to total 41 more kills to pass Megan Sabo's (1998-01) fourth-place mark of 1,378. Neto's 50 career solo blocks tie for ninth place in Titan all-time history, while her 222 block assists rank sixth. Neto's mark of 272 total blocks rates seventh all-time. In addition, Neto has accumulated 1,586.0 points at CSF, a total that ranks fourth all-time at Fullerton. Her 87 career service aces rank ninth all-time. Neto's 394 sets played rank ninth all-time. Gabrielle Dewberry's total of 964 digs ranks ninth all-time at CSF.
A SOLID CAREER
Senior Kayla Neto currently leads the Titans with 251 kills (3.86 k/s) in 2012 – a mark that also ranks fourth in the Big West. Her 21 service aces rank sixth in the league as well.
Last week, the native of Clarksburg, Calif., earned the third Big West Player of the Week honor of her career after averaging 4.30 kills, 3.70 digs and 1.10 blocks per set as the Titans finished last weekend 1-1.
In her last five matches, Neto has recorded five double-doubles (kill/digs) as she continues to ascend up the top-10 lists in the CSF record books.
Neto has totaled 1,338 kills during her career at Cal State Fullerton, a number that ranks fifth all-time. She would need to total 41 more kills to pass Megan Sabo's (1998-01) fourth-place mark of 1,378. Neto's 3.40 kills per set currently ranks fourth all-time. Neto's 50 career solo blocks tie for ninth place in Titan all-time history, while her 222 block assists rank sixth. She trails No. 5 Erin Saddler (former 2010 Big West Player of the Year) by four block assists. Neto's mark of 272 total blocks rates seventh all-time, and is short of Saddler by 15. In addition, Neto has accumulated 1,586 points at CSF, a total that ranks fourth all-time at Fullerton. Neto has also been a force at the service line as well, and now ranks ninth all-time in Titan history with 87.
Junior Bre Moreland was voted to three all-tournament teams in 2012. The native of Mission Viejo, Calif., is averaging 3.57 kills and 2.82 digs per set. In addition, Moreland has totaled 27 blocks and leads the Titans and the Big West with 30 aces. She is second on the roster with 279.0 points for Fullerton this year. In addition, Moreland has totaled a team-leading nine double-double matches in 2012, including her last four efforts.
Senior Kaylynne Taeatafa was able to return to the court vs. Cal State Northridge on Sept. 21 after missing the 10 previous matches due to injury. In CSF's last four matches, Taeatafa has totaled three double-doubles (assist/digs), and is averaging 8.47 assists per set. Defensively, she is averaging 3.00 digs per set.
SHOWING THE KID THE ROPES
Junior Leah Best leads the Titans with 65 blocks (1.00 b/s), followed by rookie Holland Crenshaw 58 (0.92 b/s). Best, a 6-foot-6 middle blocker has 12 solo blocks and 53 blocks assists to Crenshaw's six solo blocks and 52 block assists. Best's best performance of the season came against Santa Clara (Sept. 15), when she stuffed her share of nine attack attempts (3 solo, 6 assists). Crenshaw opened some eyes when she had eight block assists against Sacred Heart on Sept. 2.
A return to Northern California last weekend seemed to spark freshman Lauren Kissell. The native of Stockton, Calif., posted career highs in kills (16 at Pacific) and points (17.0 at Pacific), while averaging 2.70 kills per set, and hitting at a clip of .273.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
Kayla Neto (4th, 3.86 kps) and Bre Moreland (8th, 3.57 kps) currently rank in the Big West's top 10 in kills per set…Julie Consani ranks ninth in the league with 7.60 assists per set…Bre Moreland leads the Big West with 30 total service aces (0.46 per set)…Kayla Neto's 21 service aces (0.32 per set) rank sixth in the league followed by teammate Gabrielle Dewberry (10th, 17, 0.26 per set)…Dewberry also ranks fourth in the Big West, averaging 4.54 digs per set (239 total).
Julie Consani: 46 assists, 13 digs at Nevada (Sept. 6, 2012)
Julie Consani: 41 assists, 12 digs vs. Santa Clara (Sept. 15, 2012)
Bre Moreland: 18 kills, 15 digs vs. SMU (Aug. 25, 2012)
Bre Moreland: 16 kills, 12 digs at Nevada (Sept. 6, 2012)
Bre Moreland: 20 kills, 12 digs vs. Washington State (Sept. 7, 2012)
Bre Moreland: 10 kills, 17 digs vs. Brown (Sept. 14, 2012)
Bre Moreland: 13 kills, 13 digs vs. Santa Clara (Sept. 15, 2012)
Bre Moreland: 17 kills, 13 digs vs. Cal State Northridge (Sept. 21, 2012)
Bre Moreland: 14 kills, 13 digs vs. Hawai'i (Sept. 22, 2012)
Bre Moreland: 13 kills, 15 digs at Pacific (Sept. 28, 2012)
Bre Moreland: 15 kills, 15 digs at UC Davis (Sept. 29, 2012)
Kayla Neto: 10 kills, 10 digs at Pepperdine (Sept. 1, 2012)
Kayla Neto: 11 kills, 11 digs vs. Sacred Heart (Sept. 2, 2012)
Kayla Neto: 12 kills, 10 digs vs. Brown (Sept. 14, 2012)
Kayla Neto: 12 kills, 13 digs vs. Oregon State (Sept. 15, 2012)
Kayla Neto: 13 kills, 12 digs vs. Cal State Northridge (Sept. 21, 2012)
Kayla Neto: 14 kills, 13 digs vs. Hawai'i (Sept. 22, 2012)
Kayla Neto: 16 kills, 21 digs at Pacific (Sept. 28, 2012)
Kayla Neto: 27 kills, 16 digs at UC Davis (Sept. 29, 2012)
Kaylynne Taeatafa: 32 assists, 14 digs vs. Cal State Northridge (Sept. 21, 2012)
Kaylynne Taeatafa: 41 assists, 17 digs at Pacific (Sept. 28, 2012)
Kaylynne Taeatafa: 57 assists, 19 digs at UC Davis (Sept. 29, 2012)