Titans Volleyball Opens Home Season with Titan Classic
Aug. 31, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - After being swept by \#24 Santa Clara and Boise State, Cal State Fullerton (1-2) salvaged their final match of the Bronco Invitational last weekend in Boise, Idaho, with a three-game sweep (30-13, 30-21, 30-24) of UTSA (UT San Antonio). This weekend, the Titans play host to Stony Brook (2-2), Bowling Green (2-2) and Portland State (3-0) in the 2007 Holiday Inn Buea Park Titan Classic. The Titans are the reigning champions, having swept through last year's classic in three matches.
ON THE AIR: Select Titan volleyball games will be broadcast over the internet by volleyball play-by-play announcer Patrick Alog and Casey Moran. Follow the action all season long right from your personal computer. Log on to www.fullertontitans.com and click the microphone to listen live as the action happens.
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VERSUS BOWLING GREEN: The Titans lost their only meeting with the Falcons with a 7-15-, 15-4, 3-15, 13-15 loss at the Fresno State Tournament back in 1997.
VERSUS PORTLAND STATE: The Titans have lost both meetings with Portland State over the years with losses in 1986, and 2005. The last time the two met were in Portland, where the Vikings beat Fullerton 28-30, 30-27, 30-20, 30-21 at the Crown Royal Showcase.
VERSUS STONY BROOK: This will be the first meeting between Cal State Fullerton and Stony Brook in the two program's histories.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Brittany Moore and Sarah Day were included on the Bronco Invitational's All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of last weekend's event. Moore averaged 3.00 kills per game and tallied the second most on the team with 27 in the three-match tourney. She also added four service aces and a pair of block assists. Day posted 24 kills, 20 digs and seven block assists in her first collegiate games of her career.
TIGHTLY KNIT TRIO: Erin Saddler, Cami Croteau and Genie Francisco all come to Fullerton as freshman having played with each other before. The three volleyballers were a part of the Mizuno Long Beach 18 club team that earned the silver medal in the Junior Olympics in Minneapolis, Minnesota this past summer.
Alex Wolnisty: Newly-named co-team captain Alex Wolnisty is backing up her promotion with her play on the court. The sophomore is leading the team in kills per game at 3.44 and total kills with 31 in the team's first three matches. The 6-5 middle blocker has also posted the second-most blocks on the team with 8, behind Erin Saddler's 10.
ANNOUNCING THEIR PRESENCE: Freshmen Erin Saddler and Sarah Day both announced their presence with authority starting all nine games last weekend for the Titans. Saddler (Bellflower, Calif.) posted a team-best 10 block assists, while tallying 17 kills and a team-leading hitting percentage of .323. The 6-3 middle blocker also collected 5 service aces to lead the team. Day (Huntington Beach, Calif.) picked up 24 kills in the three matches, helping out defensively as well notching 20 digs and seven block assists.
A HELPING HAND: Junior Julie Geissert surpassed the 2,700-assist mark last weekend, a feat only two other Titans have accomplished in their careers. The senior posted the fifth-best assist total in Titan history last season when she accumulated 1163 assists. Last year the Fresno native posted 60-or-more assists once, 50-or-more assists six times, 45-or-more 12 times and moved into third place all-time in assists at Cal State Fullerton. With an equally as productive season in 2007, the senior could take over the top spot held by Kim Levey (1999-2002) at 3,621 assists.
CSF CAREER ASSISTS
1. 3,621 - Kim Levey (99-02)
2. 3,388 - Stephanie Shrieve (88-91)
3. 2,772 - Julie Geissert (04-present)