MATADORS THIS WEEK:
MATCH #2 (MPSF Match #1):
Cal Baptist Lancers (0-1, 0-0 MPSF) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-1, 0-0 MPSF)
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. PST
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, CA
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors
MATCH #3 (MPSF Match #2):
Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-1, 0-0 MPSF) at No. 9 BYU Cougars (0-2, 0-0 MPSF)
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. PST
Smith Fieldhouse (5,000) - Provo, UT
Live Stats: BYUCougars.com
Streaming Video: BYU TV
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors
It's a home and away for Cal State Northridge (0-1, 0-0 MPSF) as the 2014 season begins in earnest this week. The Matadors open the home schedule on Wednesday against the Cal Baptist Lancers (0-1, 0-0 MPSF) before hitting the road for the Friday match at ninth-ranked BYU (0-2, 0-0 MPSF). CSUN opened the season last weekend at the UCSB Asics Invitational where the Matadors dropped their only official match, 26-24, 25-27, 25-19, 25-16 to the Pacific Tigers. CSUN also played four exhibition best of three matches on Friday against IPFW, Long Beach State, UCLA and UC San Diego.
NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET
Follow Cal State Matador volleyball online at the official online home of Cal State Northridge athletics, www.GoMatadors.com. Home matches will be streamed live through Big West TV while select home and road matches will feature a live audio broadcast. Fans can also follow the Matadors at Twitter.com/gomatadors and YouTube.com/northridgeathletics. Fans can view and print the Matadors 2014 Record Book online at GoMatadors.com. The guide features statistics and a complete CSUN men's volleyball history.
MATADORS DROP OUT OF AVCA TOP-15 POLL
Saturday's season-opening loss to unranked Pacific dropped Cal State Northridge from 14th to 17th in this week's AVCA Coaches Top-15 poll. The Matadors, who earned 48 points in the first poll of the season, received 12 points this week and are not ranked among the top-15 for the first time since May 2 of the 2011 season. CSUN, which was ranked in all 15 polls last season, has been ranked in 186 of the last 199 weekly polls dating back to the 2002 season. Long Beach State (1-0) took over the number one spot this week as the 49ers earned 11 first place votes and 245 total points. Loyola-Chicago (2-1) received on first place vote and is second followed in the top-five by UC Irvine (3-1), Stanford (1-0) and USC (1-0) which all received two first place votes. Pepperdine (0-0) is sixth this week followed by UCLA (0-1), Lewis (1-1), BYU (0-2) and UC Santa Barbara (1-0). This week's AVCA Top-15 is filled out by Penn State (0-0), Ohio State (0-0), Harvard (0-1), Hawaii (0-0) and IPFW (1-0) ... Long Beach State is also number one in the first Volleyball Magazine poll of the 2014 season. The Matadors are not ranked in the poll.
• The Matadors look to get the home season off to a successful start on Wednesday as CSUN hosts Cal Baptist in the MPSF opener for both teams. The conference-opening week then sends the Matadors to Provo, Utah as CSUN provides the opponent for ninth-ranked BYU in the Cougars home opener on Friday.
• Cal Baptist is also 0-1 to begin the season as the Lancers lost in four to IPFW at the UCSB Asics Invitational. Cal Baptist finished 16-14 (12-12 MPSF) last season but was ineligible for the postseason tournament as a first-year member of the conference. Johannes Brink led the Lancers with 19 kills while hitting .441 on 34 swings against IPFW while middle Kristopher Johnson added 10 kills (.625). As a team, the Lancers hit an impressive .490 in the loss ... Ninth-ranked BYU is 0-2 to open the season as the Cougars lost road matches at No. 7 Loyola (3-0) and No. 10 Lewis (3-1) last weekend. Taylor Sander had 26 kills (3.71 kps) in the two matches to lead BYU. The Cougars are hitting .230 as a team through two matches.
• Wednesday marks the opening of CSUN's 30th season as a member of the WIVA/MPSF. The Matadors made their debut in the WIVA in 1984 where they were members for nine seasons. In 1993, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation was established to serve the competitive needs of member institutions from the Big West, Pac-12, Mountain West, Western Athletic and West Coast Conferences. CSUN opens its 22nd season in the MPSF this week. The Matadors have an all-time record of 266-329 (.447) in conference matches in 29 seasons.
A roster typically turns over from year to year, but this season the Matadors will field one of their younger teams in recent memory. Following the departure of 2013 seniors John Baker, Jared Moore and Drew Staker several key positions would have to be filled by new players. The first to step in Saturday was redshirt freshman opposite Jakub Ciesla who led CSUN with 12 kills in his Matador debut. Ciesla also added five digs and a pair of blocks against Pacific. Fellow redshirt freshman Bradley Sakaida also made his debut in the libero spot and had a co-team-high seven digs. Saturday also saw the debuts of true freshmen Andrew Freiha, Justin Beskeen and Colby Magorien. Freiha and Beskeen came off the bench to post five kills combined while Magorien was used primarily as a serving specialist.
CAMPBELL CLOSES IN ON CAREER WIN #150
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 243-223 (.521), reached the 150 and 200 career wins over the last five seasons and now sets his sights on his 250th career win. Currently, the second-longest tenured head coach at Cal State Northridge (men's golf coach Jim Bracken is in his 28th season) Campbell has posted double figure win totals in 14 of his previous 16 seasons on the bench and notched a career-best 24 wins in 2009.
Travis and Colby Magorien became the first pair of brothers to play together at CSUN since 2006 when Brian and Kyle Waite played together. Travis is a junior setter while Colby is a freshman outside hitter. Billy and Nate Allen also suited up for the Matadors in both 2003 and 2004 ... Sophomore Brian O'Gorman set personal career-highs with six kills, 12 attacks and seven blocks against Pacific ... Saturday's loss to Pacific dropped the Matadors all-time record in season openers to 22-16 (.579) while CSUN heads into Wednesday's match 22-15 (.595) all-time in conference home openers.
MATADORS ADD ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE RECRUITING CLASS
Campbell announced another strong recruiting class on Nov. 26 as the Matadors unveiled the signing of Emerson Waumans, Jakob Karlsson, Justin Toth and Travis O'Gorman to National Letters of Intent. Waumans, a 6-6 setter from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, Calif., is the first player to sign with the Matadors during the early signing period. He is a multi-sport athlete who was a standout in both volleyball and basketball. As a junior, Waumans led the Lancers volleyball team to a 20-11 overall record under coach Andy Tomkinson. He also competes for the Seaside Volleyball Club. Karlsson, a 6-4 outside hitter from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, Calif., is the second player to sign with the Matadors during the early signing period. A teammate of Waumans, he had 206 kills and 42 aces while hitting .365 for the Lancers who finished with a record of 20-11. He also competes for the Coast Boys Volleyball Club. Toth, a 6-10 middle blocker from Minooka High School in Minooka, Ill., is the third player to sign with Cal State Northridge during the early signing period. Toth was instrumental in the Indians posting a 73-7 record over the last two seasons along with a fourth-place finish in the state in 2012. O'Gorman, a 6-3 outside hitter from Northport High School in Northport, NY, is the fourth player to sign with Cal State Northridge during the early signing period. O'Gorman earned All-County honors for the Tigers in 2013 and was among the players listed in the Long Island Newsday "Players to Watch" in both 2012 and 2013.
Following their trip to BYU, the Matadors return to Northridge to host Pepperdine (Jan. 22) and USC (Jan. 24) in MPSF matches. CSUN will play 10 of its first 17 matches of the season at home which sets up a season-closing stretch where the Matadors will play seven of their final 10 away from The Matadome.