Titans Outlast Tigers to Win Third in a Row
Nov. 7, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Freshman Kayla Neto blasted a career-high 22 kills and hit .562 to lead Cal State Fullerton to a five-set victory over visiting Pacific Saturday night in Big West Conference volleyball action in Titan Gym.
With the 19-25, 25-14, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12 win, the Titans improve to 15-10 overall and 6-6 in conference play, and capture three consecutive wins for the first time since winning the first six matches of the season from Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. Pacific drops to 16-9 overall and 6-7 in league action in splitting the season series with Fullerton.
Neto, Torrie Brown (20 kills) and Erin Saddler (19 kills) lifted the Titans to their best kill totals of the season, collectively putting down 76 of them as a team in the win. Setter Andrea Ragan was the catalyst for the Titan outburst, tying her career high with 65 assists, while also providing help on the defensive end with 13 digs.
The Titans as a team hit .279 while holding the Tigers to just a .214 mark on the night. The Tigers got 19 kills from Mallori Gibson and 18 from Svenja Engelhardt but were unable to outlast the Titans in the crossfire match.
Fullerton libero Cami Croteau posted a season-high 28 digs for the second night in a row, but was outdone by Pacific libero Dancyne Kama who scooped a match-high 30 Titan attack attempts. The two opponents were two of eight total players with 10-or-more digs on the night, five from Fullerton, three from Pacific. Croteau was flanked by Deven Bukoski (18 digs), Ashley Collier (15), Ragan (13) and Saddler (10) as Fullerton totaled a season-best 95 team digs.
At the net, senior Alex Wolnisty posted five blocks to pace the Titans and the floor as she continues her quest to become Fullerton's all-time block assist leader. Wolnisty is just 20 block assists away from tying the school record and is now 36 blocks away from tying the all-time block record. Saddler added three blocks, two of which were solos.
Natalia Tomoaszewska had four block assists to lead Pacific.
The Titans now have 15 wins for just the sixth time in program history, four of those coming in the last four seasons.
Fullerton will return to the floor next Friday night (Nov. 13) in their last home match of 2009. UC Irvine will be in town for Senior Night, where Wolnisty, Bukoski and Collier will play their last home matches of their careers. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.