The Cal State Fullerton women’s volleyball team snapped a two game losing streak on Saturday with a much-needed win over University of the Pacific, raising their overall record to 12-12.
Saturday’s 3-2 victory did not come easy for the Titans, as they needed the full five sets to take down a feisty Tigers squad inside Titan Gym. CSUF had an early lead, hitting at a pace over .200 during the first two sets.
Senior outside hitter Kayla Neto’s five kills led the Titans as the team hit at a clip of .205 in the first set. CSUF was ahead for most of the first frame, as Pacific led only once.
The Tigers put up more of a fight in the second set, but senior setter Gabrielle Dewberry delivered a service ace to end it for the Titans. CSUF took a two-set lead into the break for the first time since Sept. 14. Both teams combined for a total of 35 kills as each hit at a clip of .220 in the second game that had seven lead changes and 18 ties.
Pacific charged back in the third set, holding the Titans to an abysmal .000 attacking percentage as CSUF mustered only seven kills while their opponents had 16.
The Tigers continued their strong play in the fouth set, attacking at a clip of .276.
They landed 14 kills and had good ball distribution. Four different Tigers players had at least three kills.
The fifth and final set was dominated by the Titans as they attacked at a rate of .353, while also putting in two aces courtesy of Neto and Dewberry.
Neto played stellar for CSUF once again by accumulating a match-high 22 kills while adding 18 digs for her 15th double-double of the season. Junior outside hitter Bre Moreland also had her 15th double-double, landing 13 kills and 18 digs.
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Kissell added 12 kills while attacking at a team-high clip of .385. Sophomore setter Julie Consani played brilliantly for the Titan offense as she contributed a match-high and career-best 54 assists, while Dewberry led both teams with 30 digs.
The Tigers were led by freshman opposite hitter Kat Schulz who had a career-high 18 kills and 18 digs, while junior outside hitter Megan Birch added 13 kills.
CSUF will square off against Big West Conference rival UC Riverside at home Saturday, Nov. 3. The Highlanders have been underwhelming to say the least, posting a 5-19 record thus far. They are 0-7 both at home and on the road, as their five wins have come on neutral sites.
Senior outside hitter Amanda Vialpando has been the anchor for the Highlanders’ offense this season, posting a team-high 298 kills and 232 digs. Freshman outside hitter Ashley Cox has also played well, accumulating 279 kills and 174 digs.
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