Matadors Top British Columbia in New Years Eve Exhibition

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Freshman Julius Hoefer pounded a match-high 18 kills and Cal State Northridge limited the University of British Columbia to an .014 hitting effort in a New Years Eve exhibition match Saturday afternoon in the CSUN Activity Center.

The Matadors, who open the 2012 season next Friday at the UCSB Asics Invitational, swept the Thunderbirds 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 with their starting lineup. Hoefer led Northridge with 18 kills while hitting .483 in 29 swings. The true freshman from Steingaden, Germany also added a pair of aces, four digs and five blocks. Senior Matt Stork added seven kills in 19 attacks (.263) and redshirt freshman Kyle Stevenson chipped in five kills and three blocks.

In his first start as a Matador, Cal Baptist transfer Filip Tomicic registered 30 assists while leading Northridge to a .325 (40-13-83) hitting clip. The Matadors limited UBC to an .014 hitting percentage in 72 attacks. David Zeyha posted a team-high six kills for the Thunderbirds.

"Julius was very good, we were very happy with his numbers both attacking and defensively," said head coach Jeff Campbell. "We certainly have some things we need to work on but overall we are very pleased with the win. Anytime you beat a quality team like British Columbia it's good for our experience as we get ready for the regular season."

The two teams played an additional fourth set and the Thunderbirds came out with a 25-19 win with the Matadors playing mainly its second team.

Cal State Northridge opens the 2012 season next Friday, Jan. 6 as the Matadors meet UCLA in the opening match of the UCSB Asics Invitational. Northridge will then meet either the host Gauchos or Ohio State in round two.

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