Matadors Return Home For Three of Final Four Matches Beginning Thursday vs. UCLA

MATADORS THIS WEEK:

MATCH #24 (MPSF Match #21):

No. 9 UCLA Bruins (15-9, 12-8 MPSF) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (8-15, 7-13 MPSF)

Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. PST
The Matadome - Northridge, CA
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: GoMatadors.com
Audio: GoMatadors.com
In-game Twitter updates: @CSUN_InGame 


MATCH #25 (MPSF Match #22):

No. 5 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (14-7, 13-7 MPSF) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (8-15, 7-13 MPSF)

Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. PST
The Matadome - Northridge, CA
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: GoMatadors.com
Audio: GoMatadors.com
In-game Twitter updates: @CSUN_InGame   


Weekly Match Notes                


FOR STARTERS

Cal State Northridge (8-15, 7-13 MPSF) returns home for three of its final four matches of the 2014 season beginning Thursday as the Matadors host No. 9 UCLA (15-9, 12-8 MPSF). The homestand concludes Saturday as CSUN entertains No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (14-7, 13-7 MPSF) before the Matadors play a home and home with Long Beach State to cap the 2014 season next week. CSUN wound up its season-long six-match road trip last week, splitting matches at No. 8 UC Irvine (L, 1-3) and UC San Diego (W, 3-2).  


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 Ryan Musick. 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.


SCOUTING REPORTS

• Ninth-ranked UCLA enters the week with an overall record of 15-9 while the Bruins are eighth in the MPSF at 12-8. UCLA currently holds the eighth and final spot in the MPSF Tournament by one game over Hawai'i (11-9). The Bruins, 7-5 on the road this season, split road matches at Cal Baptist (W, 3-1) and No. 3 BYU (L, 1-3) last week and are now 2-6 over their last eight matches. Gonzalo Quiroga leads UCLA with 333 kills while Robart Page averages a team-high 3.99 kps. The Bruins are hitting .297 as a team which ranks sixth in the conference. Thursday's match is the 79th meeting all-time between the Matadors and UCLA with the Bruins holding a 65-12-1 lead in the series. 

• UC Santa Barbara (14-7, 13-7 MPSF) opens its week Thursday at No. 6 Long Beach State before heading to Northridge on Saturday. The Gauchos have won five of their last seven after winning in straight sets at Cal Baptist and falling in a tough five-setter at BYU last week. Evan Licht leads UCSB with 249 kills while averaging a team-high 3.04 kills per set. Matt Hanley adds 2.94 kps for the Gauchos who are hitting .270 as a team. Saturday's match is the 88th meeting all-time between CSUN and UC Santa Barbara with the Gauchos holding a 49-38 in the series. UCSB won in straight sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-16) in the first meeting between the two teams on Feb. 12 in Santa Barbara.


MAGORIEN IN THE CSUN RECORD BOOK

Junior Travis Magorien continues up the assists ladder in the CSUN record books in 2014. With a team-high 765 assists this season and 1,902 in his career, Magorien has moved past Travis Ferguson (1995) into ninth-place on the CSUN career assists list. Magorien, who ranks fifth on the Matador Rally Scoring era assists list, is now within 49 assists of moving past Dan Nash (1,950) into eighth-place. With four matches remaining in 2014, Magorien will most likely become the eighth setter in Matador history to reach 2,000 career assists.


CAMPBELL PICKS UP 250TH CAREER WIN

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 remarkable 17-year Matador career in Northridge's 3-2 win over 15th-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, Mar. 15. The victory gave the Matador boss his 250th career victory. Campbell, who now has a career record of 251-237 (.514), reached the 150, 200 and 225 career milestones over the last six seasons. 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.


FAULKNER, HOLT MAKE BIDS FOR ALL-CONFERENCE 

Junior Greg Faulkner and sophomore Sam Holt have made their cases to be considered for All-MPSF honors at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Faulkner has had an incredible bounce-back season for the Matadors in 2014. After garnering MPSF All-Freshmen Team accolades in 2011, the junior middle has put up career numbers so far this season. Faulkner has season career-highs in every statistical category; kills (185), kills per set (2.28), hitting percentage (.447), blocks (82), points (233), assists (11), aces (3) and digs (26) while starting all 23 matches. He currently ranks third among hitters in the MPSF with his team-best .447 hitting clip while also ranking 14th in blocks per set (1.01). Holt has also had a breakout season in 2014 with a team-high 244 kills, team-best 3.64 kills per set and a co-team high 18 aces. The outside hitter from Cincinnati, Ohio connected for a conference season-best 32 kills and 34.0 points against BYU Mar. 8 and currently ranks 11th in the MPSF in kills per set and is 13th in points.


NORTHRIDGE NOTES

Sophomore Vaughn Wellenreiter had a memorable match at UC San Diego on Saturday. The sophomore from Newbury Park knocked down a career-high 10 kills against the Tritons while hitting .600 on a career-high 15 attacks. He also matched his career-high with three aces to go with a career-high three digs and a near season-high five blocks. Combined with Faulkner, the Matador middles combined for 28 kills on 44 swings to hit .568 in CSUN's 3-2 win ... Saturday's win also improved the Matadors to 6-1 against unranked teams this season as well as 3-1 in five-set matches. CSUN also improved to 3-7 on the road ... With wins in their final three home matches, the Matadors can finish with a winning record on their home court for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons. Currently 4-6 on The Matadome floor, CSUN can equal last season's home record of 7-6. The 1991 Matadors still hold the home record finishing 13-1 at home. 


MATADORS REMAIN UNRANKED IN AVCA TOP-15 POLL

Cal State Northridge remained unranked in the AVCA Coaches Top-15 for the sixth consecutive week in the poll released Monday, Mar. 31. After splitting MPSF road matches at No. 8 UC Irvine (L, 3-1) and UC San Diego (W, 3-2), the Matadors earned eight points this week and are the first team listed in "Others Receiving Votes". CSUN, which has been ranked in five of the 14 weekly polls this season, has been ranked in 190 of the last 211 weekly polls dating back to the 2002 season.

Loyola-Chicago (21-1) remained No. 1 for the eighth straight week as the Ramblers earned 12 of 18 first-place votes and 258 total points. BYU (18-4) remained second with 255 points and five first-place votes while Pepperdine (15-6) is third with 224 points, receiving one first-place votes. Stanford (16-7) moved up to fourth this week while UC Santa Barbara (14-7) rounds out this week's top-five. Long Beach State (16-7) is sixth this week followed by UC Irvine (16-9), USC (15-9), UCLA (15-9) and Hawai'i (13-10). This week's AVCA Top-15 is filled out Lewis (17-6), Ball State (17-7), Penn State (17-6), IPFW (17-6) and Harvard (12-6).

Loyola is also number one in this week's Volleyball Magazine Top-10 Poll. The Matadors remain unranked in the Volleyball poll in the 12th week of the season.


UP NEXT

Following home matches against UCLA and UC Santa Barbara this week, CSUN heads to Long Beach for its final regular season road match on Apr. 10. The Matadors then host the 49ers on Apr. 12 to complete the 2014 season.

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