Oct. 10, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Erin Saddler had double-double and the Titans hit .325 as a team as Cal State Fullerton outlasted visiting UC Davis, 3-2, in a five-set Big West Conference victory Saturday night in Titan Gym.
The Titans win their fourth match in a row and their 11th in their last 12 tries, improving to 15-4 overall and 4-1 in league play. UC Davis falls to 12-6, 4-2. With the win, the Titans move into a first-place tie in the Big West with Santa Barbara, who defeated Cal Poly on Saturday.
The 25-16, 23-25, 21-25, 25-17, 17-15 victory for the Titans evened their season record at 2-2 in 5-set matches.
The Titans held the Aggies to a .024 attack percentage in set No. 1, but lost their rhythm in sets 2 and 3. Davis committed just five errors in those two sets and hit .441 and .405, respectively. The Titans came back to dominate in set 4 behind 7 kills and 5 digs from Saddler, who picked up her 5th double-double of the year.
Davis jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the deciding set but the Titans scratched and clawed their way back into the lead with a pair of aces from Cami Croteau. It remained close and eventually tied until 15-15, but Saddler's final kill and a solo block by Torrie Brown ended the match after 2 hours and 21 minutes.
Sadder tied for the match high with 22 kills and was one of four Titans with 11-or-more kills. The senior also hit .358, committing just 4 errors in 53 swings to lead the way. Sophomore Kayla Neto also had a big night, blasting 18 kills while hitting .500 while also tallying a match-high 4 blocks.
Davis' Allison Whitson also had 22 kills to match Saddler's effort, and Melanie Adams had a 14-kill, 11-dig double-double in the loss. Katie Denny Also added 15 kills.
Croteau had 16 digs to lead the Titans defensively, but also added a career-high 5 service aces on the offensive side.
Andrea Ragan guided the Titan offense to two kills within their season high, collecting 60 of the team's 64 assists. The junior also had four blocks and nine digs.
Leah Maurer was strong in the middle, hitting .321 while connecting for 11 kills, and Brown had some key attacks down the stretch finishing with 14 kills, and a game-winning block.
The Titans return to the court on Thursday (Oct. 14) against Cal State Northridge at Titan Gym. First serve is set for 7 p.m.