NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Julius Hoefer and Brandon Lebrock combined for 34 of Cal State Northridge's 50 kills as the 14th-ranked Matadors defeated No. 12 Hawai'i for the second straight night Saturday at The Matadome. Set scores were 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21.
In front of national audience on ESPN3, the Matadors (10-13, 6-10 MPSF) swept the season series from the Warriors for the first time since 2008. The match also wrapped up Northridge's season-long, nine-match homestand as the Matadors won five of the nine matches.
With an injured Matt Stork still sidelined, Northridge again turned to Hoefer and Lebrock for the offense and Hoefer responded with a match-high 19 kills one night after putting down a career-high 27 kills. Hoefer hit .300 in 40 swings on Saturday and came within one dig of his first career double-double. The freshman from Steingaden, Germany also added a pair of aces and two blocks.
Lebrock added 15 kills (.184) three digs, three blocks and one ace while Kyle Stevenson matched his career-high with nine kills while hitting a solid .571 in 14 attacks. Stevenson, starting in place of Stork, also added a season-high seven digs in the win.
One night after hitting .390, the Matadors hit .292 but had enough offense to pull out the win.
"We didn't hit quite as well as we did last night but we sure played hard," said Matador head coach Jeff Campbell. "We were a little fatigued there at the end but we really fought back after losing game three and had some key serves and key digs in game four to pull it out."
The Matadors limited Hawai'i to .155 hitting as a team, the Warriors hit -.087 as Northridge dominated set two 25-18. Steven Hunt led Hawai'i with 17 kills (.289) and also served five of the Warriors' six aces in the loss.
Following the nine-match homestand, Cal State Northridge heads back out on the road for its next four matches as the Matadors travel to third-ranked BYU for a pair of matches next week.
"Getting these two wins means a lot because we're moving up and kind of separating ourselves from some of the other teams," said Campbell. "Next week will be tough but we're really happy to win these two conference matches."
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