Aug. 28, 2006
LAST WEEK RESULTS:
2-0 Overall, 0-0 Big West Conference
CSF def. Villanova, 3-2 (23-30, 30-24, 26-30, 30-15, 15-6)
CSF def. Alabama State, 3-0 (30-6, 30-9, 30-17)
THIS WEEK IN TITAN VOLLEYBALL:
?Four Points Titan Classic, Titan Gym, Fullerton, Calif.
Friday, Sept. 1, vs Binghamton, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2, vs. Weber State, 10 a.m., vs. College of Charleston, 7 p.m.
COMPLETE FOUR POINTS TITAN CLASSIC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:
Fri., Sept. 1, College of Charleston vs. Weber State, 2:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 1, Cal State Fullerton vs. Binghamton, 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 2, Cal State Fullerton vs. Weber State, 10 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 2, Binghamton vs. College of Charleston, 1 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 2, Weber State vs. Binghamton, 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 2, Cal St. Fullerton vs. Col. of Charleston, 7 p.m.
2006 MEDIA GUIDE NOW ONLINE: The 2006 volleyball media guide is now online for download. Books will likely be on sale this weekend at the Four Points Titan Classic for \$10. Follow the link below to download the PDF.
SERVICE: Cal State Fullerton will host its annual Four Points Titan Classic this weekend at Titan Gym, with College of Charleston, Weber State and Binghamton making the trip to Fullerton. Charleston and Binhampton will see the Titans for the very first time, while Fullerton holds a 3-1 advantage in the four matches they have played since 1991.
ABOUT WEBER STATE (Ogden, Utah): The Wildcats are 1-2 on the year, posting their first victory last Saturday against North Dakota State, 3-1 in the South Dakota State jackrabbit Kickoff in Brookings, SD. The Saturday win was Head Coach Al Givens' 300th career win in his 22nd year as a Div. I head coach. The Wildcats will play Tuesday at their newly remodeled gym for the first time against Utah Valley State.
ABOUT COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (Charleston, South Carolina): The Cougars were picked by the Southern Conference's coaches to win the 2006 conference title after posting an impressive 32-2 overall record and a 18-0 league mark in 2005. The 2005 squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars will open the 2006 season Thursday night (Aug.31) at San Diego State before heading to Fullerton.
ABOUT BINGHAMTON (Vestal, New York): The Bearcats are 1-3 on the young season, picking up their first win of 2006 last Saturday against Wright State in the Toledo Rocket Classic in Toledo, Ohio. The win came in dramatic fashion, as they rallied for a three-point victory in five games over the Wright State. This road trip will be Binghamton's first ever trip to California
LAST WEEK: Cal State Fullerton volleyball jumped out to a 2-0 record last weekend posting victories against Villanova (3-2) and Alabama State (3-0) at the Long Beach State Tournament at the Pyramid last Friday and Saturday evenings.
LAST WEEK: Senior Breanna Trudeau led all players with 20 kills on Friday night, while freshman Deven Bukoski, in her collegiate debut converted 52 attacks into 15 kills, also adding 11 digs for her first double-double. Seven of the team's nine team blocks came in games four and five, with Amanda Pfielfschiefter leading the way with five block assists.
Saturday night, the Titans were their own pest control, exterminating Alabama State in a quick (1:17) three-game sweep. Freshman Alex Wolnisty blasted 12 kills and added four blocks to lead the way. Sophomore Brittany Moore's air assault was perfect, collecting 10 kills in 10 opportunities without an error (1.000). The Titan defense held the hornets to just 16 kills and a .000 attack percentage in the three-game match. The Titans hit .516 for the match.
ON THE AIR: Select Titan volleyball games will be broadcast over the internet by volleyball play-by-play announcers Patrick Alog and Mike Martinez. Follow the action all season long right from your personal computer at fullertontitans.com.
&\#149; With the win in Friday night's against Villanova, Fullerton has now won six of their last seven season openers, including its first season-opening win on the road since 1997.
&\#149; By winning both games at the Long Beach State Invitational, the Titans have now jumped out to a 2-0 record to start a season for the fourth time since 2000.
&\#149; The 2006 squad is looking to post its first winning season since 1996 after a pair of 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.
THE ZIMMERMAN FILE: 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.
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.
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.
GET THAT GIRL A SHOVEL: Though junior Vanessa Vella did not put up monster dig numbers at the Long Beach State Invitational, she did however pick up 20 of them, inching her closer to Megan Sabo (1998-01) for third place all-time in digs at Cal State Fullerton. Vella holds the record and the No. 2 spot for most digs in a season and also holds the record for most digs in a match at Fullerton with 35 (vs. UTEP, 9/3/05). She holds six of the top ten single-match dig marks, including four of the five top slots.
CSF CAREER DIGS
1. 1393, Stephanie Scofield (1988-91)
2. 1207, Kim Levey (1999-02)
3. 1182, Megan Sabo (1998-01)
4. 1080, Vanessa Vella (2004-present)
5. 1020, Krista Bebernes (1999-02)
PERFECTO: Brittany Moore was a perfect 10-for-10 in kills Saturday night against Alabama State without an error. She led all players in attack percentage, but trailed teammate Alex Wolnisty for the lead in kills in the short three-game match. After the first weekend, Moore leads the Big West Conference in attack percentage with a .486 mark.
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.
FRESHMEN START WITH A BANG: A pair of freshman used their first weekend in a Titan uniform to make a good first impression. Deven Bukoski (5-11, OH, Kula, Hawai'i) picked up a double-double by blasting 15 kills and 11 digs in her collegiate debut against Villanova in the five-game season opener. Then 6-5, middle blocker Alex Wolnisty countered on Saturday night against Alabama State with 12 kills and four blocks to lead the Titans to their second consecutive victory in the Long Beach State Invitational.
A HELPING HAND: Junior Julie Geissert posted the sixth-best assist total in Titan history last season when she accumulated 1114 assists. This season she has posted a 33- and 49-assist match and is inching closer to catching teammate JENNA CARNEY on the career assist leader board.
CSF CAREER ASSISTS
1. 3621 - Kim Levey (1999-02)
2. 3388 - Stephanie Shrieve (1988-91)
3. 3001 - Melissa Blackler (1995-97)
4. 1754 - JENNA CARNEY (2003-present)
5. 1588 - Julie Geissert (2004-present)