Titans Take Down First Place Tigers, 3-0
Oct. 17, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - Double digits in kills by Brittany Moore, Erin Saddler and Sydney McDowell, cemented a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-22) Cal State Fullerton sweep over the visiting first place Pacific Tigers Friday night in a Big West Conference volleyball match in Titan Gym.
With the win, the Titans extend their season-best winning streak to five games and jump to a game over .500 at 11-10 for the first time since Aug. 30. The Titans also improve to 4-2 in Big West action. Pacific's record falls to 5-10 overall and 5-2 in league.
Sydney McDowell's five third-set kills paced a Titan squad that had to battle back to win in the match's final frame. Trailing 0-2, Pacific jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the break but couldn't hold the lead for long.
The match stayed tight through 17-17, but the Tigers behind Masha Vaysburg and Mallori Gibson kills and a Titan error posted three consecutive points to force a Titan timeout at 20-17.
Fullerton scored three times in the next four rallies with a kills by McDowell and Alex Wolnisty, forcing a Pacific timeout at 20-21. Then a pair of Tiger hitting errors and a strong Moore kill gave the Titans a 23-21 advantage that they would not surrender.
The Titans hit with accuracy in set No. 1 to get out on the right foot, hitting .556 as a team behind Moore's floor-leading five kills. Pacific had four players with three kills and .200 attack percentage, but it wasn't enough as the Titans downed the Tigers handily to open the match.
Moore again ran the floor in set No. 2, tallying seven of her match-leading 15 kills. Fullerton again out-hit the visitors .379 to .258 to take a 2-set-to-none lead into the intermission.
Gibson finished with a team high 11 kills, five digs and three block assists to lead the Tigers.
Fullerton, which had lost all 35 meetings with Pacific between 1984 and 2004, have now won six of the last eight meetings.
McDowell led Fullerton at the net with four block assists as the two teams blocked to a stalemate at 7.0 to 7.0. Vasysburg led all players with five blocks which included one of two Pacific solo blocks.
Andrea Ragan posed a game-high 45 assists as the Titans won their fifth game in six tries with her running the offense. The 45 assists are the fourth most in a match by a setter this season.
Fullerton will come right back to the court to take on UC Davis on Saturday night at Titan Gym. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.