LONG BEACH, Calif. - 15th-ranked Cal State Northridge had its season-high three-match win streak snapped in a 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 loss at No. 7 Long Beach State in MPSF action Thursday night at Walter Pyramid.
The Matadors (10-16, 9-14) looked to continue its recent run of upsets but ran into a 49ers team that was battling for their playoff lives. Needing wins to ensure a spot in the MPSF Tournament, Long Beach State improved to 17-9 overall and 14-9 in conference play with the straight set win.
Reigning MPSF Player of the Week Sam Holt had a team-high 13 kills to lead CSUN while the sophomore hit .303 on 33 swings. Greg Faulkner and Damani Lenore each chipped in eight kills but Faulkner hit .438 on 18 swings and Lenore struggled hitting .045 on 22 attacks but did have a team-high seven digs. Senior libero Charlie Condron had six digs and Holt had five.
The Matadors, who hit .336 and .369 in wins over UCLA and UC Santa Barbara last week, were held in check by the 49ers hitting just .200 (36-17-95) as a team.
On the 49ers' senior night it was senior and Matador nemesis Taylor Crabb who pounded a match-high 17 kills while hitting .469 on 32 attacks. Cody Martin added 14 kills (.444) in the win.
The two teams will meet again Saturday in The Matadome as CSUN will host the 49ers in their 2014 season finale.
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