The Titans opened up conference play Tuesday night at Titan Gym, but ran out of steam down the stretch, losing to Cal State Northridge 3-1 (23-25, 25-9, 22-25, 25-17) and pushing their record to 4-9.
The Titans were led on the stat sheet by Summer Kerins and Shimen Fayad who had 10 kills a piece, while Nastassja Bowman contributed 32 assists, nine digs and four aces. Madeline Schneider missed a double-double, as she notched nine kills and a team-high 13 digs.
The opening set saw non-stop action and execution from both squads.
Looking to set the tone early, both teams came out firing on all cylinders with their being multiple point streaks and five lead changes. Fullerton led most of the set, at one point leading 13-8. However, it was CSUN who put together a late rally, tying it up at 22-22 and eventually scoring the final three points to win the set 25-23.
The second set was all Fullerton.
The Titans scored the first points and never trailed, at one moment scoring six straight points. The Matadors couldn’t seem to find any rhythm, and the Titans dominated to a 25-9 win.
The Titans looked to carry that momentum into the third set, but had a hard time finding the same rhythm. The Titans carried a late lead at 21-20 after a Bowman ace, but CSUN tied it right back up at 21-21 on an Aeryn Owens spike and never looked back. Morgan Salone single handedly took over the set and scored the final four points for the Matadors en-route to a 25-22 win.
The fourth and final set is one the Titans wish they could get back. They trailed early and couldn’t put together a string of points in order to get themselves back into mix. A few communications errors appeared to have hurt them early, putting them down 8-1 and eventually losing 25-17.
The Titans next play on Friday at 7 pm, as they travel to Cal Poly in hopes of getting their first conference win.