Pacific Women's Volleyball: 3-1 Loss To Cal State Fullerton Ends Pacific's Home Schedule
On their final night in the Alex G. Spanos Center for the 2010 season, the Pacific women's volleyball team take down the Big West leading Titans of Cal State Fullerton as the Tigers fell 3-1 on Saturday, November 6. The loss dropped the Tigers to 16-10 overall and 7-6 in the Big West while the Titans improved to 21-5 overall and 10-2 in conference action.
Game scores for the match were: 15-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-11.
Shaking off their previous struggles the night before, the Tigers came out with the home crowd behind them in game one, dismantling the top ranked Titans to take the early lead. Tied at 10-10, the Tigers broke open the game with a 10-2 run led by sophomore Gabby Cowden. At the net, Cowden put together a stretch of points in which she accounted for seven of the Tigers' 10 scores as she tallied two kills, three blocks and two service aces to propel Pacific.
Despite the quick start, the fun would not last for the Tigers as Cal State Fullerton flipped the momentum and the match over the next three games to take the 3-1 win. Using long runs of the own, the Titans were able to grab sizeable leads on Pacific in each of the final three games before holding off any Tiger advances towards a comeback.
Game two turned early on the Tigers as the Titans were able to build an early seven point lead at 11-4. In game two, a quick start to the contest in the form of an 8-0 run after Pacific picked up the first point put the Tigers behind the eight ball from which they would not recover. The turning point in game three came midway through for the Tigers as Cal State Fullerton notched a 10-0 run to turn an 8-8 tie into an 18-8 lead from which Pacific would not recover.
Playing in her final match in the Spanos Center, senior Svenja Engelhardt led all attackers with 16 kills in the four games. With 13 digs, Engelhardt picked up her 11th double-double on the year and her eighth in her last 10 matches. With 33 assists and 13 digs, Clancy posted her fifth straight double-double and her team-high 13th on the season. Defensively, Cowden finished her night with eight blocks, one solo and seven block assists, tying her career-high.
On the other side of the net the Titans were led by Erin Sadler who matched Engelhardt's 16 kills with 52 swings on the night. She added five blocks to led the Titans defense. Kayla Neto finished with 10 kills as the only other Titan to reach double-figure kills. Andrea Regan, Cal Statre Fullerton's starting setter, picked up a double-double on the night with 40 assists and 13 digs while Cami Croteau led the defensive effort for the Titans' with a match-high 22 digs.
Pacific will be back in action on Friday, November 12 when the team travels to Cal Poly to take on the Mustangs in Big West Conference action. The match is scheduled for 7:00 pm.