Dec. 3, 2010
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Palo Alto, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton's magical volleyball season, that saw them win the Big West Conference title and advance to the postseason for the first time in school history, came to an end Friday night in Stanford's Maples Pavilion as Colorado State came from behind to defeat the Titans, 3-2, in the first round of the NCAA Championship Tournament.
The No. 24 Titans' school record nine-match losing streak came to an end with the 25-19, 25-20, 12-25, 21-25, 12-15, five-set loss , dropping their record to 26-6. The No. 17 Rams improve to 26-4 and will play the winner of the 7 p.m. Stanford-Albany match on Saturday night.
Fullerton shot out of the gate hitting .275 against the Rams in sets 1 and 2 with senior Erin Saddler leading the way with 8 kills and 9 digs. The Titans had found their way through the second-best blocking team in the nation, and had the momentum going into the break.
Colorado State returned from the 10-minute intermission having made the right adjustments, and proved it by handing the Titans their biggest set loss of the year (13 points). From there on out, the Rams dominated the Titans at the net and held them to just 26 total kills over the final three sets. The Titans hit just -.156, -0.85 and .148 over the final three sets.
Colorado State's Megan Plourd was Fullerton's biggest nemesis blasting 20 kills and logging an impressive 19 blocks (2 solos). She also hit a solid .528 in 36 swings. The Rams out-blocked the Titans 26.0 to 6.0. Fullerton's leading blockers were Kayla Neto and Jennifer Edmond who each had four apiece.
The Big West Player of the Year Saddler notched a double-double with 15 kills and 13 digs for the Titans. Edmond and Neto combined for an additional23 kills. The Titans as a team hit just 0.80.
Both teams had four players in double-digit digs on the defensive end of things. The Ram's Audrey Hemmings led all players with 24 digs, while the Big West Conference's leader in career digs, Cami Croteau, scooped up a team high 23.
The Titans wrap up their season having set numerous school records including those for wins in a season (26) and conference wins (14) and can boast four all-conference first teamers, their second conference player of the year in the last three seasons, and their first coach of the year.
The program says goodbye to three seniors, in Saddler, Croteau and Genie Francisco