CSUSM Begins 2018 Cougar Classic Undefeated with Two Wins
SAN MARCOS, Calif. – The Cal State San Marcos volleyball team opened its 2018 season with two victories that included a five-set thriller and a clean sweep on the first day of the Cougar Classic at The Sports Center.
MATCH 1: CSUSM 3 – POINT LOMA 2 (19-25, 25-15, 25-18, 18-25, 16-14)
Olivia Aguilar – 12 kills | 13 digs
Faith Fortuné – 11 kills | 6 blocks
Maddy Newcombe – 10 kills | 14 digs | 5 blocks
Micah Hébert- 11 kills
Kassy Doering – 9 kills | .389 hitting percentage
•HOW IT HAPPENED
•The opening stanza was determined when PLNU went on a 5-1 run to break a 9-9 tie.
•The second set was all CSUSM as the Cougars collected a .333 hitting percentage. Sophomore Grecia Cordero-Barr served up 11 consecutive points to give CSUSM a 21-10 advantage.
•Both teams traded points to begin the third set before the Cougars pulled away with a 4-0 run capped by a Newcombe kill.
•Point Loma came out strong in the fourth set with a .333 hitting percentage, only making four errors and collecting 18 kills
•The Cougars fought off three consecutive PLNU match points with a 5-0 run to earn the victory.
QUICK HITS •CSUSM recorded a .048 higher hitting percentage than PLNU, out-hitting the Sea Lions 62 to 56 in kills.
•CSUSM career and season block record holder Fortuné notched six blocks in the contest.
MATCH 2: CSUSM 3 – Indiana University Pennsylvania 0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-13)
Maddy Newcombe – 15 kills | .519 hitting percentage| 7 digs
Grecia Cordero-Barr – 9 digs | 3 aces
Lauren Lee – 16 assists | 12 digs
HOW IT HAPPENED •The Cougars never trailed in the first set, cruising to a victory while holding the Crimson Hawks to a .000 hitting percentage.
•CSUSM hit an impressive .400 clip in the second set, recording 15 kills on 30 attempts and making only three errors.
•The third and final set had CSUSM topping its pervious error total with only two for a .364 attack percentage.