Titan Volleyball Set To Open 2008 Season

Aug. 26, 2008

THIS WEEK:
The Radisson Suites Buena Park Volleyball Classic (Fullerton, Calif.)
Friday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. vs. Delaware (Titan Gym)
Saturday, Aug. 30, 1 p.m. vs. UNC Greensboro (Titan Gym)
Saturday, Aug. 30, 7 pm. Vs. Pepperdine (Titan Gym)

TITAN BROADCASTS: All three home volleyball matches will be broadcast live over the internet at fullertontitans.com by former Titan student Patrick Alog returning for his third season on the mic. Visit the Titan website and click on the microphone banner on the right side and within a few clicks, you will be hearling all the action live.

VIDEO STREAMS: The Titans in conjunction with the Big West Conference will provide a live video stream all of their home games and all Big West road games via bigwest.tv. It is subscription based, so get set up early so you will not miss any spikes, digs, or blocks this coming season. It's easy, just got to bigwest.tv and get set up today!

LET'S GET IT STARTED: The Titans open their 28th NCAA volleyball season playing host to Pepperdine, UNC Greensboro and Delaware in this weekend's Radisson Suites Buena Park Volleyball Classic at Titan Gym.

The Titans come armed with eight returners and seven newcomers (six freshman and one junior transfer) as Carolyn Zimmerman enters her seventh season at the helm of the Titan volleyball program. Along side Zimmerman will be returning assistant coach Mitch Kallick in his second season and new assistant Vinh Nguyen (coming from Cal Poly Pomona) and volunteer assistant Kyle Duncan.

Brittany Moore (first-team), Alex Wolnisty (honorable mention) and Erin Saddler (freshman team), return as All-Big West Conference selections from 2007, and look to improve on the record number of conference wins set by the `07 squad with seven.

First the Titans will need to battle through a grueling non-conference schedule that posts them against four pre-season Top 25 teams and two others that are receiving votes. Once into Big West play, the Titans will have to battle to get by more ranked opponents in Cal Poly (No. 10) and Long Beach State (No. 24)

VS PEPPERDINE: The Titans will match-up with the Waves for the first time since 1985 when they come to town for the Radisson Suites Buena Park Volleyball Classic. Pepperdine holds a 6-2 record vs. Cal State Fullerton between 1980-1985. This is the first time since 1985 the Waves have visited Titan Gym...the last time they were in town, the Titans defeated the Waves 15-13, 15-11, in the Titan Collegiate Volleyball Tournament. Pepperdine is receiving votes in the 2008 AVCA preseason ranking, just out of the Top 25.

VS UNC GREENSBORO: The Spartans and Titans will be meeting for the first time on Aug. 30.

VS DELAWARE: The Titans hold a 1-0 advantage over Delaware, beating them in their only meeting, 29-31, 30-25, 30-20, 30-23 back on Sept. 4, 2004, in Titan Gym.

QUICK HITS:
&\#149; The Titans' 15 wins in 2007 is the fourth best total in the program's history.

&\#149; For just the fourth time in the program's history, the 2007 Titans finished the season with a .500 record or better, going 15-15 on the year.

&\#149; With a 17-win season in 2006, and a 15-win season in 2007, the Titans have now seen the best two back-to-back years, in terms of victories, in the history of the program. The record was set last season, breaking a record set from 1980 to 1981.

&\#149; With its fourth straight season with at least 14 wins, the Titan volleyball program has posted a 60-56 record (.517), the most successful four seasons in the program's history.

&\#149; For the first time in the program's existence, the Titans posted seven conference victories, and finished tied for fifth place in the league, matching their best ever finish. It was just the fourth time that the Titans accumulated at least six conference victories.

&\#149; Senior Brittany Moore and junior Alex Wolnisty will return to their posts as co-team captains in 2008.

&\#149; The Titans are 15-13 in season openers dating back to 1980.

YOUTH GONE WILD: The Titans 2008 roster is heavy on the under classmen with 11 of the 15 members being freshman (6) and sophomores (5). Brittany Moore is the lone senior on the squad, with juniors Alex Wolnisty (Riverside, Calif.), Deven Bukoski (Kula, Haw.) and transfer Ashley Collier (Huntington Beach, Calif., Belmont University) filling out the upper class.

WE DIG HER: Cami Croteau (Orange, Calif.) had an outstanding freshman campaign in the backcourt as the team's everyday libero posting the Titans' third best single-season dig total with 502 scoops while playing in every one of the Titans' 111 sets. As a freshman she became just the third Titan to ever record 34-or more-digs in a match when she accomplished the feat on Nov. 2 against UC Santa Barbara. She tied Jaime Ivers (34 digs) for the fourth-best single match dig performance in Fullerton history and finished just three digs shy of tying Vanessa Vella's record of 37 set in 2006. Croteau also became just the third person to ever record 31 digs in a match on Oct. 6 against UC Santa Barbara. Croteau and Vella are the only two Titans two ever record multiple matches with 30-or-more digs in a match. Croteau did it two times in her rookie season, while Vella did it nine times over three seasons.

BLOCK-BUSTER PERFORMANCE: As a freshman in 2007 Erin Saddler's put forth one of the best blocking efforts in the history of Cal State Fullerton volleyball. Her 114 block assists in 2007 was the best single-season performance by any Titan breaking a 16-year old record set by Stephanie Scofield in 1990. Saddler's 129 total blocks were the third-best single-season effort behind Schofield (141 in 1990) and Tiffany Dolven (131 in 2004).

SADDLER-UP: The best block assist performance in 17 years came on Oct. 19 of last season when then-freshman Erin Saddler put up 10 block assists on UC Davis in Titan Gym. It was just the third time a Titan had accumulated 10-or-more block assists. The all-time record was set back in 1980 by Laurie Jakemer when she helped out with 11 blocks against UCLA.

30 ROCK: Outside hitter Brittany Moore (Sr., OH, Orange, Calif.) became the first player since Megan Sabo in 2000 to record a 30-kill night for Cal State Fullerton when she set her career-high against UC Riverside at home on Oct. 12, 2007. Not only did she tally 30 kills, but the then-junior also collected 15 digs, 2 aces and 2 block assists in the five-game league victory. For her efforts on the week, Moore earned Big West Player of the Week recognition, sharing the honor with Cal Poly's Jaclyn Houston. Moore was the first person this to reach the 30-kill mark in the conference in 2007n and became just the eighth Fullerton Player of the Week in school's history, and the second person to record two honors in their careers.

MOORE TO COME: Senior Brittany Moore moved up in the all-time blocking ranks last year, sliding into the No. 4 spot with 295 total blocks in her career. She sits just 68 away from the all-time leader Stephanie Scofield (1988-91). The Orange-native also ranks No. 3 in all-time block assists with 249 (38 away from the top spot), and No. 8 in solos with 46.

SHE'S A KILLER QUEEN: Senior Brittany Moore (Orange, Calif.) became the 5th person to reach the Titans' 1000-kill club in 2007. She finished last year with 1055 kills in three seasons and trails the all-time leader, Susan Herman, by 479 kills.

BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK A TIME OR TWO: In just two years, junior blocker Alex Wolnisty has made her presence felt in the Titan history books having posted the 4th-best block assist season in the program's history with 96 in 2007. She also picked up 115 total blocks, good for 7th on the single-season list. Over her first to seasons she as accumulated 184 total blocks translating into a tie with Kate Crawford (1997-99, 2001) for 10th all-time in a Titan career.

WE WANT YOU: For the first time in the history of the program, Cal State Fullerton volleyball's recruiting class was recognized with an honorable mention nod in PrepVolleyball.com's Top Recruiting classes of 2008, released July 9 by the online pollster. PrepVolleyball.com provides one of two off-season polls that rank recruiting classes across the country, the other being Volleyball Magazine. Carolyn Zimmerman's Titans joined traditional Big West Conference volleyball powerhouses, Long Beach State (No. 10), Cal Poly (No. 21) and UC Santa Barbara (honorable mention) on the list.

BIG WEST COACHES POLL: Cal State Fullerton placed sixth in the nine-team Big West Conference preseason coaches poll for 2008. The Titans, coming off a 15-15 2007 season, finished with seven conference wins last year for the first time in school history. Fullerton received 36 of a possible 81 points in the poll, finishing behind Cal Poly, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, Pacific and UC Santa Barbara. Two-time defending Big West champion Cal Poly was a unanimous selection to again sit atop the league standings after a 15-1 finish in 2007.

2008 Big West Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Cal Poly (9) - 81
2. Long Beach State - 68
3. UC Irvine - 60
4. Pacific - 55
5. UC Santa Barbara - 49
6. Cal State Fullerton - 36
7. Cal State Northridge - 27
8. UC Riverside - 18
9. UC Davis - 11

( ) Denotes first place votes