Nov. 13, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton wrapped up its 2009 home schedule and seniors Alex Wolnisty, Deven Bukoski and Ashley Collier finished up their home careers with a 0-3 loss to visiting UC Irvine in a Big West Conference volleyball match Friday night in Titan Gym.
The loss snapped the Titans modest three-match winning streak and dropped them to 15-11 overall and 6-7 in Big West play. Irvine won its 20th match of the year in improving to 20-6, 9-4.
Despite trailing 11-3 in set one, 7-0 in set two, the Titans managed to catch and lead the Anteaters in both sets before eventually succumbing to the Anteater offense. Kari Pestolesi tallied a match-high 13 kills for Irvine. She and Juliane Piggott (11 kills) led the Anteater attack. Irvine out-hit Fullerton .188 to .119 in the win.
Fullerton's Kayla Neto tied Pestolesi with 13 kills of her own. Neto was the only Titan in double figures in kills.
Five Titans scooped up 10-or-more digs in the loss led by libero Cami Croteau who scooped up a match-high 24. Croteau inched her way closer to the all-time Cal State Fullerton career dig record, and now sits just 88 digs away from tying former Titan Vanessa Vella's record of 1598 career digs.
Kristin Winkler and Pestolesi combined for 43 digs for the Anteaters.
Titan setter Andrea Ragan scored her ninth double-double of the season with a match-high 31 assists and 10 digs.
The Anteaters out-blocked the Titans 6.0 to 3.0 with Alexandra Hauser, Taryn Robertson and Riley Cropper each stuffing three block assists for Irvine. No Titan had more than one block solo or assist.
The Titans honored their three seniors Friday night playing their final home games of their careers. Collier had 10 digs, Bukoski had five kills and 12 digs, and Wolnisty had eight kills, hit .400 and added a block solo in their final home match.
Fullerton will play out the remainder of their 2009 schedule on the road where they are just 1-8. The Titans will return to the floor Saturday night, when they travel to Cal State Northridge to take on the Matadors in the Matadome at 7 p.m.