Sept. 22, 2006
Stockton, Calif. - Four Titans had kills in double-digits as Cal State Fullerton defeated Pacific, 3-1 (30-28, 28-30, 30-24, 30-26) in the Big West Conference opener at the Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif. Thursday night.
Fullerton continues to build on its best-ever start, improving to 12-1 overall and 1-0 in league play. Pacific falls to 2-10 (0-1). With the road victory, the Titans improve to just 2-25 in conference openers in the history of the program. The Titans are 3-2 against the Tigers over the past three seasons after snapping an 0-40 string from 1984-2004.
Breanna Trudeau led the Titan assault pounding out 19 kills to lead everyone on the floor. Brittany Moore and Danielle Hitzeman each collected 16 kills with the sophomore Moore hitting .571 without committing an error.
Not only did Fullerton out-hit Pacific .274 to .184 on the match, but in every game, including a match-high .385 in game three.
Vanessa Vella continued her quest to become the outright Titans dig queen Thursday night tying yet another record, set by the libero the year earlier. Vella fended off 35 attack attempts, for the second time in her career - The most by any Titan in any one single match. The libero was one of five Titans in double digits in digs. Deven Bukoski earned a double-double picking up 10 kills and 16 digs, while Hitzeman also added 13 scoops for the second Titan double-double.
Amanda Pfielschiefter scored seven blocks to lead all players including the only Titan solo block. Danielle Hitzeman also added a career-high five block assists, despite the Titans getting out-blocked as a team, 12.5 to 9.5.
Alexa Anderson paced the Tiger offense, posting 17 kills in 54 attempts. Defensively Julie Magud racked up 28 digs to rival Vella performance in the losing effort.
Julie Geissert picked up her first 60-plus assist match of the season, finishing one off her career-high mark at 62. Her 61 assist was just one shy of the entire Pacific output. Olivia Riley (28), and Carly Hiromoto (23) spilt the setting work for the Tigers.
Fullerton will return to the court Saturday night when they take on Cal State Northridge in Northridge, Calif. Game time is set for 7 p.m. You can follow the Titan live on the internet as Patrick Alog will bring you all the play-by-play on fullertontitans.com.