UC Davis Downs Matadors in Straight Sets

DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Mahina Haina had a match-high 17 kills and hit .433 but it wasn't enough as Cal State Northridge fell in straight sets (25-19, 26-25, 25-23) at UC Davis Saturday night at Hickey Gym.

The Matadors (8-9, 2-3 Big West) suffer their second straight loss on their current three-match road trip. CSUN wraps up the road swing Thursday, Oct. 13 at Cal Poly.

Haina's 17 kills was her top hitting performance since Sept. 3 against Sacramento State. Her .433 hitting in 30 swings is also her best hitting night since hitting .533 against Marist on Sept. 2. Unfortunately no other CSUN hitter posted more than Natalie Allen's nine kills (.160). Allen also added seven digs while libero Cindy Ortiz had a team-high 11 digs.

Sydney Gedryn and Sam Orlandini combined for 36 assists as CSUN hit .173 (37-19-104) as a team.

With the score knotted at 8-8 in the opening set, UC Davis outscored the Matadors 8-4 over the next 12 points to open up a 16-12 cushion. The lead swelled to five on a Betsy Sedlak kill and Northridge could not get within four the remainder of the frame and the Aggies closed the set on a Valerie Brain kill.

The Matadors trailed by as many as six points in the second set as Davis bolted out to an early 10-4 lead. Trailing 13-9, CSUN battled back behind a 4-1 run to knot the score at 14-14 following a Haina kill and a Gedryn ace. The score was also tied at 17 when the Aggies took advantage of a pair of Matador hitting errors to open up a two-point cushion at 19-17. Down set point at 24-22, Haina put down a kill then came back with an ace to force extra points at 24-24. Unfortunately for CSUN, following a UC Davis timeout, a pair of Allison Whitson kills quickly ended the set.

The final set was also tied late, this time 18-18 following another Haina kill. But back-to-back Aggie kills put UC Davis back on top 20-18 and the Aggies also led by two at 23-21 after Allen's attack went wide. But the Matadors went back to Allen on the ensuing point and a Casey Hinger kill followed and the set was tied for the final time at 23-23. But as was the case in set two, the Aggies had the answer scoring the final two points to seal the match.

Whitson had a team-high 11 kills (.154) to lead the Aggies who also got 10 kills apiece from Devon Damelio (.429) and Brain (.172). UC Davis wound up hitting .243 in the win.