Brown Topped By Host Cal State Fullerton in First Game of CSF Invite
Fullerton, Calif. – Brown played another tough road game on Friday evening, this time nearly 3,000 miles away, competing in the Cal State Fullerton Invitational. The Bears took on the host Titans in their first matchup of the tournament and were topped, 3-0 (28-30, 15-25, 18-25).
Fullerton's (6-4) offense was firing on all cylinders as three players registered 10-plus kills. Brown (3-4) did a good job defensively, digging 47 balls in the match, but the Titans were able to make the most of their opportunities late in each set.
The two teams started off with an impressive first set as the Bears and Titans battled past 25-all. Each squad had a chance to take the game late, but at 28-all, Fullerton strung together two-straight points to steal the all-important first set.
Despite the momentum Brown was able to stay with the Titans to start game two, staying within a point a 10-9. Fullerton remained composed however and ended the set on an 11-3 run to take game two.
Again the two teams stayed close in the third, as Brown trailed by just three at 16-13 and four at 20-16. The Titans were able to get points when they needed them though, using a 5-2 run to close the match.
Junior setter Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) neared a double-double with 14 assists and nine digs to go along with a block and two service aces.
Nine players tallied a kill for the Bears while seven finished with multiple spikes, but none finished with more than six.
Brown will play in two games on Saturday in the final day of the CSF Invitational, taking on Santa Clara and San Diego State.