Pacific Hands Matadors a Four-Set Setback

STOCKTON, Calif. - One night after upsetting No. 6 Stanford in straight sets, No, 10 Cal State Northridge was the upset victim as the host Pacific Tigers dealt the Matadors a 25-23, 25-23, 11-25, 29-27 loss Saturday at the Spanos Center.

Senior John Baker paced CSUN (11-11, 9-11 MPSF) with a match-high 20 kills while junior Brandon Lebrock added 17. The Matadors out-hit the Tigers .290-.214 and even out-pointed Pacific 72.5-72.0 but came up short on the scoreboard.

Matador setter Travis Magorien had an impressive night with 45 assists, 10 digs, four blocks and two of CSUN's three aces.

Taylor Hughes led Pacific (7-16, 4-15 MPSF) with 19 kills while Adam Troy added 11 and Matthew Houlihan chipped in 10.

With set one tied at 22-22, back-to-back kills by Christian Ahlin and Troy gave Pacific set point at 24-22. After a Tigers' service error, Houlihan's attack found the floor giving Pacific the 25-23 victory.

The second set was also tied at 22 when Hughes connected for three of the final four points of the frame. A Baker kill followed a Hughes putaway and evened the score at 23-23. But Hughes wasn't done and his kill on the ensuing point was followed by a Hughes ace and the Tigers had another 25-23 win.

Game three was all CSUN with the Matadors taking the set 25-11. Northridge hit .342 to Pacific's .000 as the Matadors took an early 7-2 lead and never looked back.

The fourth set was easily the tighest of the match. After a Tiger hitting error evened the score at 23-23, a Houlihan kill gave Pacific match point at 24-23. Jared Moore answered with a kill and the set would go extra points. A block by Magorien and Moore on the next point gave CSUN set point at 25-24 but Troy answered. Hughes then put away a kill giving the Tigers their second match point at 26-25. Hughes however hit out saving another match point for CSUN but following another Hughes kill at 28-27, Pacific cashed in on a Marty Ross ace.

Cal State Northridge continues its six-match road trip next week as the Matadors travel to Pepperdine (Apr. 4) and USC (Apr. 6).

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