LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Cal State Northridge threatened early and late, but sixth-ranked UCLA dashed any Matador upset hopes and defeated CSUN in straight sets (25-22, 25-17, 25-17) Monday night at the Wooden Center.
The Matadors (6-5) opened up a four-point lead in the opening set and led by as many as six points in the third set but the Bruins overcame each and every CSUN lead on their way to the straight set win.
Freshman Casey Hinger's seven kills (.158), six blocks and five digs led the Matadors, while Sam Kaul (.333) and Mahina Haina (.160) each added six kills. Northridge hit just .079 against the Bruins but did out-block UCLA 8.0-5.0. Cindy Ortiz had a match-high 19 digs in the loss.
With UCLA's Lainey Gera serving in the final set, the Bruins overcame a six-point Matador lead (14-8) to tie the score at 14-14 following a Reeves kill. The Bruin run was ultimately 14-2 which erased all doubt and UCLA cruised home with the 25-17 win.
UCLA was led by Kidder's double-double of 13 kills (.109) and 11 digs while Kelly Reeves added eight kills (.300) and also had 11 digs.