Titans' Spar with Cougars Ends in Victory

Sept. 16, 2011

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Fullerton, Calif. - Kayla Neto reached 20 kills for the fourth time this season and Bre Moreland set a career high with 18 kills as Cal State Fullerton defeated visiting BYU, 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23), Friday night in non-conference volleyball action at Fullerton's Titan Gym.

The Titans (5-5) handed the Cougars (10-3) just their third loss of the season and snapped their nine-match winning streak that dated back to Aug. 27. The Titans also improved to 21-11 all-time in home openers

Fullerton hit .254 as a team with Moreland (.333) and Leah Best (9 kills, .389) leading the way. It held BYU to a .234 mark despite being out-blocked 16.0 to 4.0 and improved to 2-1 all-time against the visitors from Provo, Utah.

In the fourth consecutive tight set, the Titans emerged victorious with the help of four late kills, including the match-winner, from Neto, who reach the 20-kill plateau for the third straight match. The match was tied at 20-20, but the Titans dodged a couple of late errors and powered through the last eight exchanges to come out on top.

Fullerton now has 17 wins in its last 18 home matches.

The Titans played a little come-from-behind right off the bat, falling behind 12-8 in set No. 1, but rattled off 5 straight points with Andrea Ragan at the line to take the lead at 13-12. Fullerton fell behind again at 19-18, but outscored BYU 7-3 over the final 10 rallies. Neto, Best and Moreland each had four kills in that first frame and hit .382 as a team.

The Cougars had a rally of their own in the second set, overcoming a 8-point Titan advantage at 18-10. BYU went on a 9-1 run to tie the match at 19 apiece and then went up by two at 21-19, but three kills from Moreland and two more from Dewberry and Elle Moffatt in the last seven rallies gave the Titans a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.

Jennifer Hamson had six of her 18 kills in the third set, leading the Cougars to their only set win of the night. Ten ties and six lead changes in the set later, the cougars finished on top, needing some extra time to pull it off. Fullerton had had match point at 24-23, but an attack error by Ragan and back-to-back kills from Hamson turned the tide in BYU's favor. Moreland had seven of her 18 kills in the third set.

Five Titans, including Neto, Moreland and Ragan who each had double-doubles, had 10-or-more digs on the night. Freshman Amanda Yamate led all players with 21 digs from the defensive end, while Leah Maurer led the Titans with two block assists at the net.

The Cougars countered with three players in double-digits in digs including team-leader Kendalyn Hartsock who scooped 17 Titan attack attempts. Nicole Warner collected eight block assists to lead the way for BYU at the net. Hamson added six blocks to her 18-kill, 13-dig, 3 ace performance.

The Titans' setter Ragan had a game-high 53 assists and inched her way closer to the school record of 3,907 assists set by Julie Geissert. Ragan is just 314 assists away from setting the new school mark.

Fullerton returns to the floor Saturday night as they host the Utah State Aggies at 7 p.m. in another non-conference tilt in Titan Gym.