Aug. 27, 2011
Westchester, Calif. - Fourteen kills and a .462 attack percentage from junior outside hitter Kayla Neto led Cal State Fullerton to a quick one hour 18 minute, 3-0 sweep of Quinnipiac in each teams' final match of the Four Points by Sheraton LA Westside Invitational on the campus of Loyola Marymount Saturday evening.
The Titans avoid going home winless in the tournament and finish the opening weekend with a 1-2 overall record. Fullerton finished in third place right in front of 0-3 Quinnipiac. No. 11 UCLA took home the tournament championship. Host LMU finishes 2-1.
With the exception of a point or two early on in each set, the Titans led handily winning the match 25-18, 25-11, 25-11. Neto had four first-set kills, six of them in the second set and finished with four more in the third to lead all players. Newcomer Leah Best and senior Leah Maurer also added seven kills apiece in the win. Fullerton as a team outhit Quinnipiac .474 to .000.
Senior setter Andrea Ragan tallied 31 assists, besting her Bobcat counterpart, Kayla Lawler, who finished with just 13.
The Titans also played well in the back row, scooping up 41 Bobcat attack attempts as a team. Freshman Amanda Yamate led the floor with nine digs and was flanked by Bre Moreland (8), Gabrielle Dewberry (7) and Neto (7) in controlling the Titans' passing game.
The Titans also outblocked the Bobcats 4.0 to 1.0. No one on the floor had more than one block. Maurer, Yamate and Ayana Whitaker each had solo blocks for the Titans.
The Titans will return to action next weekend at the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Fullerton will face host Arizona, Eastern Washington and Presbyterian in the two-day tournament from Sept. 2 and 3.