Oct. 22, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - UPCOMING: The Titans (11-11, 4-3) head to the Central Coast this weekend to tackle UC Santa Barbara (8-10, 4-3) on Friday night and defending Big West champs, Cal Poly (11-7, 6-1) on Saturday night.
VS UC SANTA BARBARA: The Titans are just 2-54 all-time against the Gauchos including a 3-1 loss to them back on Sept. 27 at Titan Gym. The Titans have split the season series the past two years with the Gauchos with their last win coming at the Thunderdome last year on Oct. 6. The Titans won their first match against UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 4, 2006 (the second meeting of the year) at Titan Gym, snapping a 52-match winless streak that dated back to their first meeting in 1982.
VS CAL POLY: The Titans have been victorious just three times in 45 tries against the Mustangs dating back to 1981. Fullerton's last win over Cal Poly came in 2004 when the Titans beat them at Titan Gym in three straight sets (30-21, 30-28, 30-18) on Sept. 24. The Titans have lost eight straight since then, and their only other wins against the Mustangs came in 1996 and 1997.
ABOUT THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara snapped a five-match losing streak in their last mach against Texas State. The Gauchos come to Fullerton with a 4-7 overall record, with all four of their wins coming against teams from outside California. Charlene DeHoog is leading the Gaucho offensive, with 116 total kills and a .230 attack percentage. Dana Vargas and Rebecca Saraceno have combined for 226 of the team's 52 service aces on the year while Kasey Kipp has doubled the next best Gaucho in the blocking department, stuffing at least a share of 32 blocks. Leigh Stephenson has collected 153 digs (4.14 dps) in the first 11 matches to lead UCSB in the back row.
AUDIO BROADCASTS: There will be no audio broadcasts this weekend from Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo.
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 during the season. It's easy, just go to bigwest.tv and get set up today!
LAST WEEK: The Titans helped the Mustangs take over first place in the Big West standings by handing Pacific its first loss Friday night in three sets (25-16, 25-21 and 25-22). Brittany Moore led the way as usual with 15 kills but Erin Saddler and Sydney McDowell also were in double figures.
Saturday night the No. 5 proved unlucky for Fullerton, which saw its 5-match winning streak snapped in a 5-set loss (23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 15-9) to UC Davis. It was Fullerton's first 5-set loss of the season and marked the first time the Titans let a 2-1 lead get away since 2005. Moore and Saddler each had 16 kills but it wasn't enough to log Big West win No. 5.
&\#149; The Titans briefly jumped above the .500 mark for the first time since Aug. 30 (second day of the season), with a win over then-first place Pacific last Friday night.
&\#149; After losing 35 meetings in a row to Pacific from 1984 to 2004, the Titans have now won six of their last eight contests with the Tigers after last Friday's win.
&\#149; The Titans lost their first five-set match of the year with a 3-2 loss to UC Davis last Saturday night. The Titans are now 2-1 in five-set matches.
&\#149; Before Saturday night's loss to UC Davis, the Titans had not lost a match since 2005 in which they held a two-sets-to-one lead going into set four.
&\#149; Cami Croteau set a career high and tied the second best dig performance ever by a Titan with 35 scoops. Croteau matched Vanessa Vella (2004-2006), who tallied 35 twice in her three-year career, and missed the single match record, also held by Vella, by just two digs
&\#149; Sophomore Cami Croteau has already broken into the career Top 10 in Cal State Fullerton history with 801 career digs in her young career. She now sits at No. 10 all-time.
&\#149; The Titans, for the first-time ever, cracked the Top 100 in NCAA RPI last week (Oct. 13) coming in at No. 93. The Titans have or will play four teams (Long Beach, Wisconsin, Pepperdine and Cal) that are listed in the NCAA RPI Top 25.
&\#149; Brittany Moore ranks 5th in the Big West with 3.49kills per set and is one of three league players with over 260 total kills. She has also collected double-digits in kills in 17 of the Titans' 22 matches.
&\#149; Brittany Moore (10th,, 2.99 dps) and Cami Croteau (4th, 3.88 dps) both rank in the Big West's Top 10 in digs per set. Croteau and Davis' Avreeta Singh are the only two players in the league with 299 total digs or more.
&\#149; Brittany Moore has nine double-doubles (kills/digs) in the Titans' 22 matches played to date.
&\#149; Brittany Moore moved up in the Titan record books with her 386th set played. She now ranks 6th all-time in sets played at Cal State Fullerton.
&\#149; Last weekend Brittany Moore became the Titans' third player to ever reach the 1300-kill plateau. She now sits at 1,324 career kills, 54 behind No. 2 Megan Sabo (1998-2001) and 210 behind No. 1 Susan Herman (1986-89).
&\#149; Brittany Moore needs just 30 blocks to become the all-time Cal State Fullerton leader in total blocks. With 333 total blocks as a senior, Moore needs to average three blocks over the last 10 match of the year to at least tie Stephanie Scofield (1988-91) with 363 total blocks. Junior Alex Wolnisty has 248 total blocks, ranking her No. 4 on the all-time Fullerton career list.
&\#149; Brittany Moore (275 block assists) is No. 3 all-time in career block assists and 4th all-time in solos. Moore sits just seven block assists away from the No. 2 spot and 12 away from Breaking Alyssa Opeka's record of 287 block assists from 2002-2005. As a junior, Alex Wolnisty already ranks 4th all-time in career block assists (206) , and 10th in solos (42).