Feb. 17, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge was looking for its first season sweep over UC Irvine in five years but the 11th-ranked Anteaters turned back the top-ranked Matadors winning 30-23, 16-30, 30-21, 30-25 Wednesday night at the Bren Center.
Northridge (11-3, 8-3 MPSF) had its mini two-match win streak snapped despite a match-high 17 kills from senior Theo Edwards. Edwards (.231) led a quartet of Matador hitter in double figures as junior Tanner Nua added 15 (.136), Jacek Ratajczak had 13 (.765) and Kevin McKniff chipped in 11 (.231). Nua also added a career-high 12 digs for his second double-double of the season while Ratajczak's 13 kills came in 17 swings without an error.
The Matadors had 63 kills to UCI's 57 but were out-hit by a slim margin of .279 to .270. The Anteaters also had eight aces to just two for Northridge and the Matadors were out-blocked 12.0 to 5.0.
UC Irvine (8-8, 4-7 MPSF) was led by Jordan DuFault and Cory Yoder who each matched Edwards with a match-high 17 kills. Carson Clark added 11 kills and nine digs, while Dufault and Yoder each completed the double-double with 10 digs apiece.
In the first set, UC Irvine led 19-18 then scored three straight on a Matador attack error, a service error ace by Austin D'Amore and a kill by Yoder to expand the lead to 22-18. The Anteaters put the game out of reach on a pair of kills by DuFault and an ace by Kevin Wynne. Following kills by McKniff and Nua, Yoder put down the set winner for UCI.
Edwards pounded seven kills as the Matadors hit an impressive .594 (21-2-32) and evened the match after cruising to a 30-16 victory.
The UC Irvine block and serve took control of the third set. The Anteaters led 16-14 before rolling off seven straight points to open an insurmountable 23-14 lead.
UC Irvine would use a kill and an ace by D'Amore followed by a block by Clark and Kevin Wynne to open a 22-18 advantage in the fourth set. That was as close as the Matadors would get as they fell 30-25 in the final set.
Cal State Northridge continues its five-match road trip on Friday (Feb. 19) as the Matadors travel to Pauley Pavilion to take on sixth-ranked UCLA at 7 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -