Sept. 10, 2010
Las Vegas - Big offensive evenings from Cal State Fullerton's Erin Saddler, Torrie Brown and Kayla Neto were not enough as Pepperdine scratched out a five-set victory (3-2) over the Titans Friday night in the opening match of the UNLV Invitational at the Cox Pavilion.
In dropping their second 5-set match of the season, 18-25, 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 11-15, the Titans drop to 4-3 on the year and 0-1 in the tournament. They also see their 9-set/3-match winning streak come to an end. Pepperdine evens it overall record at 4-4 and jumps out to a 1-0 start in tournament action.
Kim Hill and Brittany Clark accounted for 5 of Pepperdine's 7 fifth set kills and all 4 of its blocks to power the Waves to victory. Brown posted 5 of her career high (tie) 21 kills for Fullerton in the deciding frame, but it was not enough as Pepperdine held on after taking a 6-5 lead.
Hill had 15 total kills and finished the night second on her team behind Lilla Fredrick who posted 17 kills of her own. Fullerton's Saddler put up a match-high 24 kills and Neto added a season-high 17 kills and hit a match best .452 in the loss.
Defensively, the Titans out-dug the Waves 89 to 75 and were led by Cami Croteau's 32 digs. Croteau was helped by Gabrielle Dewberry who scooped a career high 21 digs as well. Stevi Robinson had 24 digs for Pepperdine.
Hill and Clark were a force at the net for the Waves combining for 12 blocks (11 block assists, 1 solo) of between them. Victoria Adelhelm also got a hand on five blocks for Pepperdine.
Fullerton has Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m. and UNLV at 7 p.m. on Saturday to round out UNLV Invitational action.