The win for the Titans (6-9, 1-0 BWC) ended a 19-match conference losing streak that dated back to Nov. 15, 2014, which was also a win over UCR (5-8, 0-1 BWC). In addition, Fullerton won its first Big West Conference opener since 2011.
Fayad's 27 kills were the most for any Titan this season, marking the third time this year the sophomore has reached or eclipsed the 20-kill mark. The native of Victoria, British Columbia, also led the Titans with 22 digs to record her team-leading ninth double-double of the year.
Mickayla Sherman led UC Riverside with 16 kills as the Titans held the Highlanders to a hitting percentage of .166.
After losing the first set, Cal State Fullerton responded by winning the next three. Fayad led the Titans with six kills in the second set as Fullerton won set point on an UCR attacking error.
The Titans took a 2-1 lead with a victory in set three as again a Highlander error claimed set point for Fullerton as Fayad led the way with five kills and 11 digs.
In the fourth and final set, the Titans attacked at a rate of .300 as Fayad was responsible for 10 of Fullerton's 13 kills, hitting .769, while the Highlanders were limited to a clip of .105. In addition, Hall delivered 13 assists in the final game.
Cal State Fullerton will return to action on Wednesday hosting UC Irvine (5-11, 0-2 BWC) at Titan Gym with a 7 p.m. start.
Notes: The Titans' 19-match Big West Conference losing streak was snapped in the 3-1 win over UCR which dated back to Nov. 15, 2014, when they captured a 3-0 victory over the Highlanders…Shimen Fayad's 27 kills were the most for any Titan in 2016…dating back to 1980, Cal State Fullerton is 5-32 in conference opening matches...playing at home in conference openers, the Titans are 4-14…Cal State Fullerton won its first Big West Conference opener since a 3-0 sweep of Cal Poly at Titan Gym on Sept. 23, 2011 the Titans and Highlanders have opened up Big West Conference play against one another three times with UCR winning meetings at SRC Arena in 2015 and 2002 and the Titans wining at Titan Gym in 2016.