CSUN Drops Matches to No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 2 USC Saturday at Zuma

MALIBU, Calif. - Cal State Northridge completed its first-ever week of women's sand volleyball Saturday playing against two of the top teams in the nation as the Matadors were blanked against both Pepperdine and USC at Zuma Beach.

In the opening dual match Saturday morning, the host and top-ranked Waves won all five matches against CSUN as Lara Dyskstra/Becca Strehlow defeated Mahina Haina/Natalie Allen in the No. 1 match 21-7, 21-12.

In match two, Kelcie Randazzo/Sydney Gedryn dropped a 21-11, 21-16 decision to Caitlin Racich/Taylor Racich. The loss was the first for Randazzo and Gedryn who had one of two Matador wins Thursday at UCLA. 

In match three, Kelley Larsen/Delaney Knudsen topped Casey Hinger/Marissa Boyd 21-10, 21-6. In the final two matches, Emily Cook/Samantha Cash defeated Julie Haake/Steffi Miller 21-9, 21-6. Haake and Miller had the other CSUN win against UCLA. In the final match of the morning session, Sophie Asprey/Katie Messing defeated Alia Casino/Rachel Diaz 21-10, 21-12.

In the next dual, the Matadors came up empty against second-ranked USC. Haina/Allen again played in the No. 1 match against the Trojans' Sara Hughes/Kirby Burmham. Haina and Allen wound up on the short end of a 21-11, 21-11 score.

Hinger/Boyd battled in the No. 2 match falling to Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange 21-11, 21-17. Sam Kaul and Brooke Dawson played in the No. 3 match and were handed a 21-6, 21-7 setback by USC's Natasha Silikove/Sam Hirschmann.

Match No. 4 saw the Matador team of Randazzo and Stephanie Serna fall to Eve Ettinger/Brooke Tournier 21-5, 21-8 while in the No. 5 match, Haake/Miller battled Bria Russ/Allie Wheeler before falling 21-12, 21-17.

Cal State Northridge continues its inaugural season next Friday, Mar. 14 as the Matadors play three matches at the USOC Training Center courts in Chula Vista. CSUN will take on Grand Canyon Friday before playing CSU Bakersfield and Hawai'i on Saturday.

#1 Pepperdine 5, Cal State Northridge 0 - Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Malibu, Calif.
#1 - Lara Dykstra/Becca Strehlow (PEPP) d. Natalie Allen/Mahina Haina (CSUN), 21-7, 21-12
#2 - Caitlin Racich/Taylor Racich (PEPP) d. Sydney Gedryn/Kelcie Randazzo (CSUN) 21-11, 21-16
#3 - Kelley Larsen/Delaney Knudsen (PEPP) d. Marissa Boyd/Casey Hinger (CSUN), 21-10, 21-6
#4 - Emily Cook/Samantha Cash (PEPP) d. Julie Haake/Steffi Miller (CSUN), 21-9, 21-6
#5 - Sophie Asprey/Katie Messing (PEPP) d. Alia Casino/Rachel Diaz (CSUN), 21-10, 21-12

#2 USC 5, Cal State Northridge 0 - Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Malibu, Calif.
#1 - Sara Hughes/Kirby Burnham (USC) d. Natalie Allen/Mahina Haina (CSUN), 21-11, 21-11
#2 - Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) d. Casey Hinger/Marissa Boyd (CSUN), 21-11, 21-17
#3 - Natasha Silikove/Sam Hirschmann (USC) d. Sam Kaul/Brooke Dawson (CSUN), 21-6, 21-7
#4 - Eve Ettinger/Brooke Tournier (USC) d. Kelcie Randazzo/Stephanie Serna (CSUN), 21-5, 21-8
#5 - Bria Russ/Allie Wheeler (USC) d. Julie Haake/Steffi Miller (CSUN), 21-12, 21-17

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