Matadors Battle Long Beach State Friday to Wrap Up Homestand

MATCH #13 (MPSF #11):

No. 3 Long Beach State 49ers (11-4, 9-3 MPSF) at No. 8 Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-5, 5-5 MPSF)

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. PT
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, Calif.
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: GoMatadors.com
Audio: GoMatadors.com (Mark Schuermann - PBP)
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors

Weekly Match Notes  


FOR STARTERS

After dealing with the third, fifth, eighth and 11th-ranked teams in the country already on the current homestand, things don't get an easier for Cal State Northridge (7-5, 5-5 MPSF) this week as the eighth-ranked Matadors host No. 3 Long Beach State (11-4, 9-3 MPSF) Friday at 7 p.m. CSUN, which split matches last week falling to then No. 3 Stanford (3-1) before defeating No. 11 Pacific (3-1), is 3-1 on the current homestand which concludes with Friday's match. 

NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET

Follow Cal State Matador volleyball online at the official online home of Cal State Northridge athletics, www.GoMatadors.com. Select matches, including Friday's match vs. Long Beach State, will feature live radio with Mark Scheurmann handling the play-by-play. Fans can also follow the Matadors at Twitter.com/gomatadors and YouTube.com/northridgeathletics. Fans can view and print the Matadors 2013 Record Book online at GoMatadors.com. The guide features statistics and a complete men's volleyball history. Selected Cal State Northridge matches will be streamed live at GoMatadors.com.

MATADORS MAINTAIN NO. 8 RANKING IN AVCA TOP-15 POLL

After splitting matches with third-ranked Stanford and 11th-raked Pacific last week, Cal State Northridge remained eighth in this week's AVCA Coaches Top-15 poll. The Matadors, who were also a season-high eighth last week, received 131 points according to the nation's coaches this week. Last week, the Matadors received a season-high 139 points. Cal State Northridge has now been ranked in 179 of the last 191 weekly polls dating back to the 2002 season. The last time the Matadors were unranked was a period of 12 weeks (Feb. 7-May 2) during the 2011 season. UC Irvine (12-3) took over sole possession of the top spot this week as the Anteaters received 14 of 16 first-place votes. BYU (9-3) dropped to second this week but still received a pair of first-place votes. Long Beach State (11-4), which travels to CSUN on Friday, moved back up to third followed by Pepperdine (7-4) and Stanford (9-5). Ohio State (10-2) is sixth this week followed by UCLA (8-7), the Matadors (7-5), Penn State (10-3) and USC (3-6). This week's top-15 is filled out by Hawaii *5-8), Lewis (9-5), Cal Baptist (6-7), Pacific (5-6) and Harvard (7-2) ... CSUN is also eighth in this week's Volleyball Magazine Division I-II Poll this week. The Matadors were also eighth last week and have now been ranked in five of the seven Volleyball Magazine Top-10 polls this season.

SCOUTING REPORT

Third-ranked Long Beach State (11-4, 9-3 MPSF) comes into Friday's match as one of the hottest teams in the MPSF having won three straight, six of seven and nine of its last 11 matches. The 49ers, 4-2 on the road this season, swept both Pacific and Stanford last week. Long Beach State is led by junior outside hitter Taylor Crabb who averages a team-high 4.19 kills per game which ranks third in the MPSF. Fellow junior Dalton Ammerman adds 2.68 kpg while the 49ers are hitting .304 as a team, fifth-best in the conference. Friday's match is the 68th meeting all-time between CSUN and Long Beach State with the 49ers leading 36-31. The two teams have split the two matches in each of the last two seasons with each team winning on its home floor. Overall, CSUN has won 11 of the last 15 matches and is 15-13 all-time against the 49ers in Northridge.

LEBROCK BOOSTS HITTING PERCENTAGE

After a tough hitting night against third-ranked Stanford (-.118), junior outside hitter Brandon Lebrock had arguably his best hitting effort the following night against Pacific. Lebrock, who came into last week's matches hitting an even .200 for the season, erupted for 19 kills while hitting a season-best .586 against the Tigers. His kill total was his highest since also putting down 19 kills against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 11 and boosted his season hitting percentage to .217. The junior from Northridge leads the Matadors in points (169.5) and ranks second to John Baker averaging 3.13 kills per game.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Matadors, who improved to 3-1 on the current five-match homestand with Saturday's win over Pacific, are now 6-2 at home this season. CSUN's only two home losses have come to No. 3 UC Irvine (Jan. 23) and No. 3 Stanford (Feb. 15). After playing nine of its first 13 matches of the season at home, CSUN will nine of their final 13 regular season matches on the road beginning Mar. 1 at Hawaii. The Matadors have won just one of their first four road matches so far in 2013.

MATADORS IN THE NCAA/MPSF STATS

Several Matadors appear in the first NCAA statistic reports of the season. Senior Drew Staker is ranked as high as 16th in blocks (1.13 bpg) while senior John Baker ranks 20th in hitting percentage (.306) and 30th in kills per game (3.16). Travis Magorien ranks 24th in assists (9.15 apg) and 30th in aces (0.30 sapg) while Jared Moore is 22nd in blocks (1.04 bpg). Staker and Moore would top the hitting percentage lists but don't have the required 4.00 attacks per game ... Staker is also the highest ranked CSUN player in the conference stats as he is fourth in hitting at .488 followed by Moore at .471. Magorien is 10th in assists (9.15) and 13th in aces (0.30) Baker is 14th in points (3.73 ppg) and 15th in kills per game.  

NORTHRIDGE NOTES

The Matadors set several season-highs in Saturday's four-set win over Pacific. 55 kills against the Tigers matched the season-high output while the teams' .479 hitting was slightly better than the .471 CSUN hit against USC. The Matadors' 13.0 team blocks was also a season-high for a four-set match ... The Matadors dropped to 0-4 this season when being out-blocked when Stanford won with a slight 7.0-6.5 advantage. Conversely, CSUN is 7-1 when out-blocking its opponents ... Sophomore Alex Jones filled in admirably at setter last week in the absence of an injured Travis Magorien. In the two matches, Jones led the Matadors to a .338 (101-31-207) team hitting clip while handing out 88 assists, an average of 11.00 assists per game ... Sophomore Kyle Stevenson took a career-high 26 swings in the loss to Stanford while tying his career-high with 10 kills. Stevenson also had 10 kills against Grand Canyon and Cal Baptist ... Senior Jared Moore notched a season-high 11 kills against Stanford while hitting .625. In two matches last week, the middle from Corona, Calif., hit .633 in 30 swings ... Redshirt freshman Vaughn Wellenreiter set a season-high with three block assists against Pacific.  

239 WINS AND COUNTING FOR CAMPBELL

Having become Cal State Northridge men's volleyball's all-time winningest coach during the 2010 season, Jeff Campbell picked up the latest milestone win of his 16-year Matador career in Northridge's 3-0 win at UC San Diego on Feb. 24, 2012. The victory gave the Matador boss his 225th career victory. Campbell, who now has a career record of 239-212 (.530), reached the 150 and 200 career wins over the last four seasons and now sets his sights on his 250th career win. Currently, the third-longest tenured head coach at Cal State Northridge (men's golf coach Jim Bracken is in his 27th season & men's basketball head coach Bobby Braswell is in his 17th season) Campbell has posted double figure win totals in 14 of his 16 seasons on the bench and notched a career-best 24 wins in 2009.

UP NEXT

Following Friday's match against Long Beach State, the Matadors will open a stretch of three of four on the road beginning Mar. 1 at Hawaii.

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