September 3, 2011

Matadors Top Hornets to Win Sacramento State Invitational

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Led by tournament MVP Mahina Haina, Cal State Northridge extended its win streak to four as the Matadors defeated Sacramento State 25-14, 25-19, 17-25, 25-17 to win the Sacramento State Invitational Saturday night at Colberg Court.

The Matadors (4-2) dropped just one set in three matches this weekend and with their fourth consecutive win, have their longest win streak since winning six straight during the 2006 season.

Haina, who also earned All-Tournament honors at the Utah Classic last weekend, was named Tournament MVP after putting down 17 kills while hitting .395 against the Hornets. In the three matches in Sacramento, Haina had 41 kills in 80 swings with just seven errors, a hitting percentage of .425. She is now hitting .441 over her last four matches, all Matador wins.

Setter Sydney Gedryn and libero Cindy Ortiz also picked up All-Tournament honors as Gedryn posted her first double-double of the season against Sac State with 38 assists and 12 digs. Ortiz had 15 digs Saturday night giving her 46 digs in three matches, an average of 4.60 digs per set.

"Mahina was our trump card all tournament long," said Stork. "Whenever we needed a kill, there she was. Sydney has been getting a lot more reps and and her timing has improved while Cindy's passing was outstanding all weekend.

Sophomore Natalie Allen also had an impressive tournament as she wrapped up with 12 kills (.250), a career-high 25 digs and four blocks. Freshman Casey Hinger matched her season-high with nine kills (.389) while also adding four blocks.

The Matadors, who .252 in the match, limited Sac State to a .100 hitting clip. The Hornets hit .000 in the first set, .100 in set two and .062 in the final set. After hitting .065 in dropping set three, CSUN responded by hitting a robust .500 in the final frame.

"Overall it was an outstanding weekend for us," added Stork. "The rhythm of the offense was outstanding and the teams' confidence in each was exceptional all weekend."

Eryn Kirby led the Hornets with 10 kills (.140) while Breeane Menees had a match-high 27 digs in the loss.

Cal State Northridge opens the 2011 home schedule this Tuesday, Sept. 6 as the Matadors host third-ranked USC in The Matadome at 6 p.m.

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