March 29, 2009
STOCKTON, Calif. - Senior Eric Vance had 15 kills and Tanner Nua added 11 as second-ranked Cal State Northridge defeated Pacific 30-19, 30-20, 30-27 in an MPSF match Saturday at the Alex Spanos Center.
With the win, the Matadors improve to 20-4 overall and 13-4 in the MPSF. The loss drops Pacific to 3-21 overall and the Tigers remain winless in the MPSF at 0-15.
Kills from freshman Sean Daley and Kevin Pratte gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead in the first set. The Matadors then used a 10-1 run to take a commanding 19-11 lead. Pacific could not get closer than seven the rest of the set, as CSUN pulled away for a 30-19 victory.
The Tigers opened up the second set with a 5-3 lead after a kill from Nicholas Schenk and a CSUN attack error. Four straight Matador points gave CSUN a 7-5 lead, before Dylan Walker put down a kill to make it 7-6. The Matadors then pulled ahead by seven (19-12), before the Tigers got back-to-back kills from Jeff Hendershot and junior Jason Borchin to cut the lead to 19-14. The Matadors extended the lead again, winning the second set 30-20.
Pacific jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set, getting four straight points on kills from Chaz Hindsley and Hendershot, along with a pair of Matador hitting errors. The Matadors came back to knot it up at 7-7, and the teams played even to the 17-17 point of the set. The Tigers then reeled off three points in a row, getting kills from Daley and Borchin to take a 20-17 advantage. With the Tigers leading 22-19, CSUN scored three in a row to even it up again at 22-22. After trading sideouts, the Tigers took their final lead of the set at 26-25 on another kill from Daley. Four straight points from the Matadors made it 29-26, putting CSUN at match point. A service error by CSUN made it 29-27, but the Tigers had a service error on the next serve to fall 30-27.
The Tigers were led by Borchin's nine kills. Junior libero Mark Bauhs tied for the game high with eight digs.
Cal State Northridge returns home on Wednesday, Apr.1 as the Matadors host Pepperdine at 7 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -