Titans Win 5-Game Thriller to Open 2008 Campaign
Aug. 29, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - Sarah Day blasted 15 kills as Cal State Fullerton opened the 2008 season with a thrilling 5-game victory (21-25, 25-21, 16-25, 25-17, 18-16) over visiting Delaware in the second match of the Radisson Suites Buena Park Volleyball Classic at Titan Gym Friday night.
Fullerton improves to 16-13 all-time in season openers dating back to 1980, and jump out to a 1-0 record in 2008. Delaware, coming off its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2007, drops to 0-1 on the young season.
The Titans led 8-6 at the switch in the deciding game but the Blue Hens evened the score at eight with a Fullerton setting error and a Stephanie Barry kill. The two teams traded points all the way to the end with Delaware forcing Fullerton to three match point serves.
Day picked up four of her kills in game five, and got some help from both Brittany Moore and Deven Bukoski who each added three to the attack. Even after jumping out to a 4-0 lead to pen the fifth game, the Titans would need every point.
The Blue Hens took a big hit late in the fifth, when Kelly Gibson was taken out of the game with an injury after an attack attempt at 13-13. Gibson was the games leading hitter, posting 23 kills on the night and scooping 14 digs.
The Titans edged the Blue Hens 9.0-8.0 in the blocking department with the Titans' Alex Wolnisty leading the way with 5 block assists.
Delaware's Barry was one of three on her side with double digits in digs and paced all players with 28 on the night. Fullerton's Cami Croteau finished in tow with 27 of her own.
Moore finished with 14 kills and Erin Saddler also added 11 in the win. Katie Dennehy also posted double digits (10) in kills joining Gibson as the only Blue Hens with 10-or-more.
Fullerton and Delaware with both play a pair of games tomorrow. The Titans will face UNC Greensboro at 1 p.m. and Pepperdine at 7 p.m., while the Fightin' Blue Hens will take on Pepperdine in the morning session beginning at 11 a.m, and UNC Greensboro at 4:30 p.m in Titan Gym.
EARLIER IN THE DAY: Pepperdine (1-0) defeated UNC Greensboro (0-1) 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-15), behind eight kills each from Lilla Fredrick, Rachel Lumsden and Kim Hill. The Waves posted 10 service aces on the night and hit .278 for the match that ended in one hour and 21 minutes. Kayren Finney had nine kills and hit .316 with 3 total blocks for the Spartans in the losing effort.