March 27, 2014

CSUN Picks Up First-Ever Win as Inaugural Season Concludes

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cal State Northridge women's sand volleyball earned a milestone win Thursday evening as the Matadors won their first-ever match, 3-2 over Oregon at USC's Merle Norman Stadium.

CSUN (1-9) completed its first season Thursday after adding sand volleyball as its 19th intercollegiate sport in January. The Matadors opened the campaign Mar. 6 at UCLA.

Against the Ducks, the duo squads of Natalie Allen/Casey Hinger, Sydney Gedryn/Kelcie Randazzo and Brooke Dawson/Julie Haake earned the victories giving CSUN its first-ever win.

In the No. 1 match, Allen and Hinger defeated Natalie Bookout and Canace Finley, 21-15, 21-12 as both Allen and Hinger had 12 kills apiece. It was Allen and Hinger's win the gave the Matadors the team victory. Gedryn and Randazzo won the No. 2 match 21-18, 21-11 over Liz Brenner and Tatum Norton as Gedryn put away 15 kills. In the No. 5 match Dawson and Haake held off Naya Crittenden and Serena Warner 21-18, 21-15 as Haake had 16 kills.

In the other two matches, Marissa Boyd and Mahina Haina fell to Shellsy Ashen and Kacey Nady in the No. 3 match 21-18, 21-14 and Sam Kaul and Steffi Miller lost to Amanda Benson and Marenne Bettendorf 21-19, 21-15 in the No. 4 match.

Earlier in the day, the Matadors dropped all five matches to second-ranked USC as the Trojans improved to 9-1.

Cal State Northridge 3, Oregon 2 - Thursday, March 27, 2014 - Los Angeles, Calif.
1. Natalie Allen/Casey Hinger (CSUN) def. Natalie Bookout Gonzalez/Canace Finley (ORE); 21-15, 21-12
2. Sydney Gedryn/Kelcie Randazzo (CSUN) def. Liz Brenner/Tatum Norton (ORE); 21-18, 21-11
3. Shellsy Ashen/Kacey Nady (ORE) def. Marissa Boyd/Mahina Haina (CSUN); 21-18, 21-14
4. Amanda Benson/Martenne Bettendorf (ORE) def. Sam Kaul/Steffi Miller (CSUN); 21-19, 21-15
5. Brooke Dawson/Julie Haake (CSUN) def. Naya Crittenden/Serena Warner (ORE); 21-18, 21-15
Order of finish: 5, 4, 2, 1*, 3 

#2 USC 5, Cal State Northridge 0 - Thursday, March 27, 2014 - Los Angeles, Calif.
#1 Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Natalie Allen/Casey Hinger (CSUN); 21-11, 21-16
#2. Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Sydney Gedryn/Kelcie Randazzo (CSUN); 21-13, 21-8
#3. Sam Hirschmann/Natasa Siljkovic (USC) def. Marissa Boyd/Mahina Haina (CSUN); 21-10; 21-17 #4. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. Sam Kaul/Steffi Miller (CSUN); 21-9, 21-16
#5. Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Alia Casino/Stephanie Serna (CSUN); 21-15, 21-11 Order of finish: 5, 4, 2*, 1, 3
#6. Paige Hines/Alexa Stonish (USC) def. Alia Casino/Stephanie Serna (CSUN); 21-7, 21-17 

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