Sept. 9, 2011
Missoula, Mont. - Kayla Neto connected for a match-high 21 kills and four blocks and Leah Maurer added 10 kills and tied her career high with seven blocks to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21) non-conference victory over Montana at the Montana Invitational Friday night at the West Auxiliary Gym.
Fullerton evened its record at 4-4 on the year and 1-1 in the tournament. Montana falls to 3-4 overall and dropped its first two home games of the year in the tourney.
Behind six first set kills from Neto and three blocks from Maurer, the Titans got off on the right foot. With an exception of a 4-4 tie eight plays in, the Titans led the entire set and even extended to an 11-point, 17-6 lead midway through the frame.
After a brief 1-1 tie in set No. 2, Montana returned the favor and led the rest of the way to even the match at a set apiece. Maurer had six of her kills and two more blocks for Fullerton while the Grizzlies' Kelsey Schile had three of her team-high 10 kills and had five assists as the setter.
Both the third and fourth sets could have gone either way. The third set was tied as late as 22-22, while set four was tied at 21 before Fullerton scored the final four points of the match to lock up the victory. Neto blasted eight kills in that final frame and setter Andrea Ragan logged 13 of her season best 40 assists.
The Titans led at the net, out-blocking the Grizzlies 11.0 to 8.0. Neto and Bre Moreland added four blocks apiece in support of Maurer.
The Titans hit .212 as a team led by Maurer who totaled 10 kills in 23 swings (.348). Montana hit just .176 and were helped average-wise by Amy Roberts (7 kills, .500) and Brooke Bray (7 kills, .312).
The Titans return to the court Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as they wrap of their tournament season with a match against South Dakota.