Fall to UC Riverside in Season Finale
Nov. 17, 2001 Fullerton, Calif.
The UC Riverside Highlanders defeated Cal State Fullerton, 30-23, 34-32, 28-30, 30-22 in the Big West Conference volleyball season finale at the Student Recreation Center in Riverside Saturday night.
With the win, the Highlanders improved to 10-17 overall and 3-15 in the Big West Conference while Fullerton finishes 8-18 overall and 4-14 in conference.
In game four, the Highlanders took a 13-11 lead but the Titans scored seven straight points to go up 18-13. Katie DeRoos ended the run with a kill and Riverside carried the momentum, winning 14 straight points to go up 27-18, including three service aces by DeRoos. Riverside and Fullerton traded points the rest of the way until the Highlanders finished off the match 30-22, on block assists by Pam Hartman and Amy Sperry on an attempt by Katie Crawford.
The first three games were a tale of opening leads and comeback victories. Fullerton turned the tide on the Highlanders in game three as UCR came out with a big 11-3 lead but the Titans came storming back to tie the game at 28-28. Fullerton scored the final two points on an error by Shannon Burmaster and block assists by Roxanne Barlow and Katie Crawford on an attack by Rosanna Parizek.
Games one and two saw the Titans take leads with the Highlanders coming back to win both games. In game two, the Titans took the early lead at 4-1 but the Highlanders made a run to go up 17-11. Fullerton would not give up at evened the games at 26 all. The teams traded points back and forth and the score was still tied at 32, until Riverside scored the final two points on kills by Burmaster and DeRoos to win 34-32.
The opening game was a sign of things to come as the Titans jumped out to a 5-0 lead but the Highlanders eventually caught them and took their first lead at 17-16. UCR took their biggest lead at 27-20 and traded points with Fullerton until DeRoos ended the game with a kill for a 30-23 win.
DeRoos led the Highlanders with 14 kills, seven digs, and a career-high six service aces. Burmaster added 15 kills and 15 digs while Pam Hartman had 12 kills and 20 digs.
Roxanne Barlow led the Titans with 16 kills and six digs. Kim Levey had 40 assists and 20 digs.