Aug. 25, 2006
Long Beach, Calif. - Behind 20 kills by senior Branna Trudeau and 15 more by freshman Deven Bukoski, the Cal State Fullerton volleyball team opened its 2006 campaign with a 3-2 victory over Villanova Friday night in Game 2 of the Long Beach State Tournament at the Pyramid.
Fullerton emerged victorious 15-6 in a fifth and deciding game after swapping victories (23-30, 30-24, 26-30, 30-15) in the four previous games. The Titans jump out to a 1-0 record, while Villanova drops to 0-1 in each team's first match of the season.
The Titans out-hit the Bulldogs .247 to .123 while taking advantage of 15 service errors by the opponent. Trudeau led all players with a .486 attack percentage. Bulldog hitter Adrian Semrau posted 19 kills and a .317 hitting percentage.
The Titans out-blocked the Bulldogs 9-6, seven of which came in games four and five. Senior Amanda Pfielschiefter, who led all players, shared five blocks, with Julie Geissert and Brittany Moore adding three apiece in the supporting role. The Bulldog's leader, Kacy Sellers, had three block assists for Villanova.
Bukoski, in her first collegiate match, had plenty of opportunity to shine, leading all players wit 52 attacks, converting 15 to kills. The freshman also added 11 digs, for her first-career double-double.
With the win, Fullerton now has won six of their last seven season openers, and is their first season opening win on the road since 1997.
Next up for Cal State Fullerton will be Alabama State, Saturday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m.