March 28, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Four hitters reached double figures, led by senior Eric Vance's 27 kills, but second-ranked Cal State Northridge was upset in four sets by No. 7 Stanford on Friday at Maples Pavilion.
Set scores were 30-27, 34-32, 30-32, 30-22 as the Matadors slip to 19-4 overall and 12-4 in the MPSF. With the win, Stanford improves to 15-8 overall and 8-6 in conference play. The Cardinal also snap a five-match losing streak to Northridge.
Vance's 27 kills were a match-high as the senior hit .298 and added 12 digs for his sixth double-double of the season. Junior Kevin McKniff also had a solid night as he pounded a career-high 19 kills with just two errors in 26 swings. Jacek Ratajczak (.609) added 14 kills without an error in 23 attempts while Tanner Nua chipped in 12 kills but hit just .077. Setter Matt Stork registered his first career double-double with 74 assists and 12 digs in the loss.
The Matadors out-hit the Cardinal .350 (82-27-157) to .336 (56-12-131) but were victimized by 35 service errors in the match.
Junior Evan Romero led Stanford with 17 kills to become the school's all-time leader in kills.
Cal State Northridge wraps up its brief two-match road trip on Saturday as the Matadors travel to Pacific at 7 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -