February 4, 2014

No. 13 Matadors and No. 11 Hawai'i Tangle in Two Match Series

MATADORS THIS WEEK:

MATCH #8 (MPSF Match #7):

No. 11 Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (5-4, 3-3 MPSF) at No. 13 Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-4, 3-3 MPSF)

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


MATCH #9 (MPSF Match #8):

No. 11 Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (5-4, 3-3 MPSF) at No. 13 Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-4, 3-3 MPSF)

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 - 2:30 p.m. PST
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, CA
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: GoMatadors.com
Audio: GoMatadors.com
In-game Twitter updates: @CSUN_InGame  


Weekly Match Notes        


FOR STARTERS

After gaining a split in its two-match trip to Northern California, 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge (3-4, 3-3 MPSF) returns home this week to host the No. 11 Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (5-4, 3-3 MPSF) for two important conference matches. The Matadors and Rainbow Warriors, who are knotted in the MPSF standings at 3-3, will play match one Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a rare afternoon match Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CSUN, winners of two of its three home matches this season, is coming off a two-match trip that saw the Matadors top Pacific in five sets before falling to No. 7 Stanford in three the following night.


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 with Mark Schuermann and Mahina Haina. Fans can also follow the Matadors on Twitter at @GoMatadors, @CSUNMensVB and @CSUN_InGame as well as view match highlights at 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 REMAIN 13TH IN AVCA TOP-15 POLL

Cal State Northridge remained 13th in the AVCA Coaches Top-15 poll released Monday, Feb. 3. After splitting a two-match road trip to Pacific and No. 7 Stanford, the Matadors earned a season-high 52 points this week and are 13th for the second straight week. CSUN, which has been ranked in three of the six weekly polls this season, has now been ranked in 188 of the last 203 weekly polls dating back to the 2002 season.

UCLA (9-1), last week's co-number one, took over sole possession of the top spot this week as the Bruins earned 10 first-place votes and 262 total points. Loyola-Chicago (7-1) received eight first-place votes and 257 points to take second. The rest of this week's top-five is Pepperdine (5-1), BYU (7-3) and USC (5-3). Long Beach State (6-3) is sixth again this week followed by Stanford (5-4), UC Santa Barbara (5-2), UC Irvine (6-6) and Lewis (7-2). This week's AVCA Top-15 is filled out by Hawai'i (5-4), Penn State (5-2), the Matadors, Ohio State (4-4) and Ball State (3-3).

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


SCOUTING REPORT

• The 11th-ranked Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (5-4, 3-3 MPSF) come to Northridge on the heels of a two-loss trip to No. 9 UC Santa Barbara where Hawai'i lost 3-1 and 3-2 in its first road matches of the season. Junior OH Brook Sedore, who had 33 kills in the two matches at UCSB, leads the Rainbow Warriors averaging 3.60 kps. Sophomore OH Sinisa Zarkovic adds 2.97 kps while Hawai'i is hitting .265 as a team ... The Matadors trail 47-18 in the all-time series with Hawai'i but have split the last 10 matches between the two teams. CSUN won both matches in Oahu last season for the first time since 1991.


LENORE CONTINUES TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION

After being named Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of the Week last week, redshirt freshman Damani Lenore continued his impressive early season play at Pacific and Stanford. Lenore, who was an honorable mention selection for the national honor this week, pounded a team-high 20 kills at Pacific and came back with a team-high 11 at Stanford. Three different Matador hitters have led the team in kills this season (Jakub Ciesla once and Sam Holt twice) while Lenore has been the kill leader in each of the last four matches. For the season, the freshman from Yorba Linda, Calif. is averaging a team-high 4.24 kps which currently ranks third in the MPSF. With a team-best 83.0 points this season, Lenore ranks fourth in the conference in point scoring at 4.88 per set.


ACES STILL WILD FOR MAGORIEN, CSUN

The Matadors, and junior Travis Magorien in particular, continued to pile up the aces last week. CSUN added 13 aces in two road matches last week and now ranks fourth in the MPSF with 37 aces (1.42 per set). Dating back to Jan. 22, CSUN has now served 28 aces over its last four matches, an average of 1.75 per set. Magorien has led the charge as he leads the team with 13 aces, eight of those coming against USC and Pacific where he matched his career-high with four each night. The junior setter ranks third in the MPSF at 0.50 aces per set and now boasts a career total of 39 aces as a Matador. Lenore also ranks 10th in the conference at 0.35 while Holt is 15th at 0.29 aces per set.  


NEWCOMERS CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE

The Matadors knew heading into the 2014 season that a host of first-year players would have to contribute right away if the team was to be successful. In addition to Lenore and Ciesla at the opposite spot, Bradley Sakaida has stepped in at both libero and outside hitter, Andrew Freiha has been impressive in spot duty both hitting and passing while Justin Beskeen and Colby Magorien have been key contributers. Sakaida and Freiha in particular both had impressive matches on the most recent road trip. Sakaida started at outside hitter against Pacific and then started at libero against Stanford and posted season-highs in digs each night. The redshirt freshman scooped up 12 digs in the five-set win over the Tigers then topped that with 13 against the Cardinal. Freiha came off the bench to put down a season-high 11 kills at Pacific, nine of which came over the final two sets as CSUN overcame a two sets to one deficit. Beskeen, who had not played since the season-opener against Pacific on Jan. 4, came on for an injured Vaughn Wellenreiter against Stanford and hit .500 with a pair of kills on four swings to go with a block assist while Magorien has a pair of aces this season as a serving specialist.


NORTHRIDGE NOTES

Set one has been the key set for the Matadors through seven matches this season. When CSUN wins the opening set, the Matadors are a perfect 3-0 but are 0-4 when dropping set one ... After the opening the season 1-3, the Matadors closed the month with consecutive wins to finish January even at 3-3 ... Travis Magorien has been more than aces and assists this season. Magorien is hitting .750 this season with 15 kills in 20 attacks with no errors and also ranks second on the squad with 33 digs, an average of 1.27 per set. Magorien had a career-high 84 digs last season after posting 37 in limited action as a freshman ... As a team, the Matadors had 78 digs in two matches last week to up its season average from 6.94 to 7.81. 46 digs in the five-set win at Pacific was a season-high for the Matadors and the most since CSUN had 48 team digs against UC Santa Barbara on Mar. 13 of the 2013 season ... The Matadors rank as high as 14th nationally in aces per set (1.42) while they are also in the top-15 nationally in blocks per set (2.42).  


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 his most recent 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 246-226 (.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. 


UP NEXT

CSUN's two-match series with Hawai'i this weekend opens up a stretch that will see the Matadors play six of their next eight matches in the friendly confines of The Matadome. The only road matches CSUN will play between now and March will be next week at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 12) and at UCLA (Feb. 14).

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