Volleyball Opens the 2006 Season Tonight in Long Beach

Aug. 25, 2006

CAL STATE FULLERTON VOLLEYBALL
0-0 Overall, 0-0 Big West Conference

THIS WEEK:
The Long Beach State Tournament, @ The Pyramid, Long Beach, Calif.
Friday, Aug. 25, vs. Villanova, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 26, vs. Alabama State, 5 p.m.

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COMPLETE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:
Friday, August 25
2 pm: Missouri vs. Alabama State
5 pm: CS Fullerton vs. Villanova
7:30 pm: LBSU vs. Missouri

Saturday, August 26
Noon: LBSU vs. Alabama State
2 pm: Villanova vs. Missouri
5 pm: Alabama State vs. CS Fullerton
7:30 pm: LBSU vs. Villanova

SERVICE: Cal State Fullerton volleyball opens the 2006 season on the road at Long Beach State's Pyramid on Friday and will face Villanova, a Big East squad in from Pennsylvania. The Wildcats are coming off of a 21-11 2005 campaign under Head Coach Gilad Doron. Saturday night will match the Titans against the Alabama State Hornets. The Hornets were 10-17 last season and came in 4th place in the Eastern Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 3-5 record. The Hornets are coached by Sonia Price. This will be the Titans' first meeting with both these teams.

ON THE AIR: Select Titan volleyball games will be broadcast over the internet with Patrick Alog. Both Friday and Saturday night's games will be brought to you live from the Pyramid with Mr. Alog bringing you all the play-by-play. Direct your browser to fullertontitans.com and click the banner on the right side to listen.

QUICK HITS: &\#149; The Titan volleyball team is set to take on Villanova Friday night, and Alabama State on Saturday night to open up the 2006 season at the Long Beach State Tournament. The 2006 squad is looking to post its first winning season since 1996 after near misses in 2004 (4-14) and 2005 (14-15).

&\#149; The team's 28-29 record over the past two seasons has given them the best winning percentage (.491) in back-to-back years in the program's 30-year existence.

&\#149; The 2006 Big West Preseason Coaches' Poll has predicted a fifth place finish for the Titans -their highest preseason ranking ever.

ADEVA JOINS THE STAFF: Former player (1994-96) and graduate of Cal State Fullerton (1997), Jennifer Adeva returns to Titan Gym in 2006 as an assistant coach to Carolyn Zimmerman. Adeva started her collegiate coaching career at Santa Ana College in 1998 as the assistant coach of the Dons, before being named head coach a year later. After a season as the skipper at Santa Ana, Adeva headed east for assistant jobs at Nicholls State (2000-2001), Tennessee State (2001-04), and UNC Charlotte (2004-05). She has also coached at the club level.

ABOUT THE HEAD COACH: Carolyn Zimmerman is entering her fifth full season as the Titan volleyball head coach, continuing to build the Cal State Fullerton program into viable contender in the always-tough Big West Conference.

In just four seasons, Zimmerman has steered the Titans from just five wins in 2002 to back-to-back 14-win seasons in 2004 and 2005. Also, over the past two seasons under her tutelage, the team has recorded the school's third best single-season win totals and posted the best winning percentage of any two consecutive years in the program's history.

Zimmerman coached her first, first-team All-Big West player in Vanessa Vella, as well as All-Big West Freshman Brittany Moore in 2005 adding to the list of her former players honored by the conference.

In four seasons, Coach Zimmerman's teams have posted three pre-season tournament championships, (two in 2004 and one in 2005) and three second-place finishes (two in 2003 and one in 2005) en route to a 23-14 non-conference record since 2003.

TITAN DIG QUEEN: Junior Vanessa Vella (5-9, L, Castro Valley, Calif.), was just the third Titan to ever receive a first-team all Big West Conference nod when she earned her spot last season, and has taken Fullerton's libero position and has made it her own. In her first season (2004), Vella set the school record for digs at 479 only to shatter it with 581 last season as a sophomore. Vella finished No. 25 in the nation with 5.33 digs per game. In just two seasons in a Titan uniform, Vella has already surpassed the 1,000-dig mark and, barring any major setbacks, will break the school record for digs sometime this year.

MORE ON MOORE: Brittany Moore (5-11, OH/MB, Orange Calif.) became the tenth Titan to join the all-freshman team in 2005 since the inaugural team was announced in 1986. Moore's .310 hitting percentage in 2005 led the team, and kept her in the conference top ten a majority of the season, finishing sixth. She not only hit for percentage, but led the Titans with 104 total blocks and 13 solos, just out of the conference's top 10.

NOT A TYPO: Hawai'ian native Mounia Nihipali (5-11, OH, JR, Honolulu Hawai'I, Fresno State) has a middle name that rivals the lenghth of the alphabet, and actually beats it if you count punctuation! Kealohakeanuenueo'ku'upu'uwai is her middle name, (you might have to ask her to say it for you) and it is 26 letters long. Good luck to Mounia getting that name in those tiny spaces they leave you on applications! And we thought Amanda Pfielschiefter (volleyball) and Nolan Bruyninckx (baseball) were tough.