The Cal State Fullerton women’s volleyball team was swept once again Wednesday, as it fell to the Long Beach State 49ers.
The Titans went into the game with the third-worst start in program history, losing all 21 of their games this year.
Meanwhile, Long Beach State had won seven of its last eight matches heading into its game against the Titans.
This game would serve as the first meeting between the fierce rivals, even though they co-hosted the LBSU/CSUF Baden Invitational earlier in the year.
Fullerton’s game plan for Wednesday night was to get out of rotations more quickly in order to keep pace with a top-ranked team like Long Beach State.
It wasn’t long into the first set when the 49ers started to assert their dominance over the Titans. The 49ers pulled away early and eventually cruised to a 25-13 win, giving them the 1-0 set lead.
Despite the Titans also coming up short in the second set, it was much more competitive compared to the first.
Halfway through, both sides were at a 13-13 stalemate until the Titans started to commit communication errors that hindered their play.
This allowed the 49ers to regain control of the match, which ultimately propelled them to a 25-18 second set win.
With the 49ers taking a commanding 2-0 set lead, the Titans were in need of a spark if they planned to formulate some kind of comeback.
Unfortunately for Fullerton, the team was unable to overcome its deficiencies, losing the final set by a score of 25-17. With their victory, the 49ers now hold the second-place spot in the Big West Conference with a record of 10-2.
Statistically, CSUF performed better than average as it recorded a hit percentage of .188 compared to its season average of .149. However, the Titans allowed the 49ers to log in a whopping hit percentage of .340.
With the Titans picking up their 22nd loss, and the Big West Conference title beyond reach, Head Coach Ashley Preston remains optimistic.
“We just continue to work on the small things. We don’t look at the big picture, we just focus on winning each separate set,” Preston said.
With an overall record of 0-22 and a conference record of 0-10, Fullerton hopes it can salvage as many wins as it can with only six games remaining in the season.
The Titans return to action Saturday when they host the UC Riverside Highlanders at the Titan Gym.