Titans Edge Vandals for Tourney Championship
Aug. 29, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Erin Saddler led a quartet of Titans with 13-or-more kills Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton edged Idaho, 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 14-25, 25-14, 16-14), for the championship of the Crowne Plaza Titan Classic in Titan Gym.
Idaho went on a 7-2 run to tie the deciding set after Fullerton opened with a 5-0 lead, but the Vandals were never able to extend more than two points ahead, keeping the door open for the eventual Titan comeback. Saddler, the tournament's most valuable player, accounted for four of the Titans' final eight points with three kills and a service ace down the stretch, but Alex Wolnisty provided the final blow with a shot that landed just inside the back line for the victory.
Fullerton improved to 3-0 on the year while handing Idaho its first loss of the year, dropping them to 2-1.
Saddler, for the third straight night, notched a double-double with 24-kills and 11 digs. Her kill total matched her career high set on Friday night against Lamar University. Torrie Brown (16 kills), Wolnisty (14 kills) and Jennifer Edmond (13 kills) provided additional pop to the Titan offense that hit .226 as a team.
Sarah Conwell led the Vandals with an 18-kill effort, while also providing four block assists.
While the Titans outhit the Vandals percentage-wise, Idaho dominated the nets, out-blocking Fullerton 14.0 to 7.0. All-tournament player Sarah McKinney led all players with nine block assists, while four others stuffed four-or-more. Wolnisty led the Fullerton effort with four block assists.
Wolnisty and setter Andrea Ragan also earned spots on the all-tournament team for Fullerton, as did Kelsey Taylor for Idaho. Ragan had a season-high 59 assists in the championship game.
The Titans will return to action Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. as they host visiting Montana in Titan Gym.
Cal State Fullerton: 3-0
Appalachian State: 1-2