Matadors Home to Host Top-Ranked Pepperdine, No. 4 USC This Week

MATADORS THIS WEEK:

MATCH #4 (MPSF Match #3):

No. 1 Pepperdine Waves (3-0, 3-0 MPSF) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (1-2, 1-1 MPSF)

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. PST
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, CA
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors 


MATCH #5 (MPSF Match #4):

No. 4 USC Trojans (3-1, 2-0 MPSF) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (1-2, 1-1 MPSF)

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. PST
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, CA
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
Audio: usctrojans.com
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors  


Weekly Match Notes      


FOR STARTERS

After an 11-day break from match action, Cal State Northridge (1-2, 1-1 MPSF) returns to the court this week as the Matadors host top-ranked Pepperdine (3-0, 3-0 MPSF) and No. 4 USC (3-1, 2-1 MPSF) in MPSF matches in The Matadome. CSUN last played Jan. 10 when the Matadors fell in straight sets at No. 9 BYU. CSUN has played just one home match this season, handing Cal Baptist a sweep on Jan. 8.


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.


STORY LINES

• The Matadors hope rust hasn't set in since last playing a match on Jan. 10 at BYU. CSUN has had a spirited week-plus of practice without school being in session so volleyball has been on the forefront for the players. The beginning of the spring semester this week coincides with a stretch that will see the Matadors play two matches per week every week from now until early April. 

• Top-ranked Pepperdine is unbeaten in three matches to open the season. The Waves topped No. 5 USC in four last week after opening the season with wins over No. 3 UC Irvine (3-1) and UC San Diego (3-0). Josh Taylor leads Pepperdine averaging 5.00 kills per set which leads the MPSF. AVCA Player of the Week Parker Kalmbach had 11 kills, 13 digs and 10 blocks in the win over USC ... Fourth-ranked USC is 3-1 to open the season as the Trojans suffered their first loss of the season at home to Pepperdine last Thursday. USC, which travels to No. 5 Long Beach State on Wednesday, has played just one road match this season, topping No. 7 Loyola in four. Lucas Yoder leads the Trojans averaging 4.12 kps through four matches. As a team, USC is hitting .290 as a team which is seventh in the MPSF.


HOLT, CIESLA STRONG OUT OF THE GATE

After a tough season opener against Pacific, redshirt sophomore Sam Holt and redshirt freshman Jakub Ciesla have turned the CSUN offense up a notch in its last two matches. Holt set a career-high with 19 kills in the Matadors' 3-0 win over Cal Baptist and came back with a team-high 10 kills at No. 9 BYU. Holt hit .500 on 30 swings against CBU and was hitting .467 through two sets against the Cougars before a rough third set dropped him to .125 for the match. Ciesla, who was the lone CSUN hitter to reach double figures against Pacific, had a career-high 13 kills against Cal Baptist while hitting .333 on 24 attacks. The redshirt freshman was also effective at times at BYU despite posting just six kills on 17 swings. For his efforts, Ciesla was named Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of Week honorable mention.


CSUN VS. NUMBER ONE

The Matadors will get their first opportunity this season to knock off a top-ranked team in Pepperdine on Wednesday. CSUN lost its last seven matches against top-ranked squads losing to BYU in 2013, USC twice, UC Irvine and UCLA in 2012 and USC twice again in 2011. Prior to that, CSUN had won two of its last three over number ones defeating Stanford in 2010 and Pepperdine in 2009. The Matadors are 4-27 in matches against teams ranked number one in the AVCA Top-15 poll dating back to the 2000 season. Prior to defeating Stanford in 2010, Northridge had hosted three top-ranked teams since 2005, falling three times to UC Irvine (2006, 2007, 2012), twice to UCLA (2005, 2012) and twice to USC (2011, 2012).


MATADORS RECEIVING VOTES IN AVCA TOP-15 POLL

Cal State Northridge remained unranked in this week's AVCA Coaches Top-15 poll released Jan. 20. The Matadors, who earned a season-high 48 points in the first poll of the season, received 14 points this week and are not ranked among the top-15 for the third straight week. CSUN, which was ranked in all 15 polls last season, has been ranked in 186 of the last 201 weekly polls dating back to the 2002 season.

Pepperdine (3-0) became the fourth different team in as many weeks to move to the top of the AVCA poll. The Waves, CSUN's opponent on Wednesday, earned 12 first place votes and 264 total points. Loyola-Chicago (4-1) received the other six first place vote and is second followed in the top-five by UCLA (5-1), USC (3-1) and Long Beach State (3-2). Stanford (3-2) is sixth this week followed by BYU (4-2), UC Irvine (4-4), UC Santa Barbara (3-0) and Hawai'i (3-2). This week's AVCA Top-15 is filled out by Lewis (4-2), Penn State (3-2), Harvard (0-1), IPFW (3-1) and Ohio State (2-3).

Pepperdine is also number one in this week's Volleyball Magazine Top-10 Poll. The Matadors remain unranked in the Volleyball poll as well.


NORTHRIDGE NOTES

In the first MPSF statistical report of the 2014 season, junior Travis Magorien ranks ninth in assists per set (10.00) and fifth in aces per set (0.50). Holt ranks 10th in kills per set (3.89) and 13th in points per set (4.11) while fellow redshirt sophomore Vaughn Wellenreiter is 11th in blocks per set (1.17). As a team, CSUN ranks as high as fourth in holding opponents to .250 hitting and are fifth in team blocking (2.50).  


CAMPBELL CLOSES IN ON CAREER WIN #250

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 17-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 244-224 (.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.


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. 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. 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.


UP NEXT

This week begins a stretch where the Matadors will a majority of their matches at home through the beginning of March. CSUN will play eight of the next 12 matches in the friendly confines of The Matadome starting with Pepperdine and USC this week. Outside of next week's trip to Northern California to take on Pacific and Stanford and a Feb. 12-14 trip to UCSB and UCLA, the Matadors will host Hawai'i twice (Feb. 7-8), UC San Diego (Feb. 19), UC Irvine (Feb. 21), Pacific (Feb. 28) and Stanford (Mar. 1).

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