On Court Success as Well as Classroom Success For Matadors This Spring

The Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team competed in four tournaments this spring and had success on the court but what had head coach Jeff Stork equally excited was the team's performance in the classroom.

"There were several things that were positive for us this spring," said head coach Jeff Stork. "Academically we had three people named to the Varsity "N" and we had three more that were extremely close. On the volleyball side, we were very happy with what happened in the four spring tournaments.

"When we competed, I saw a lot of good things happening," added Stork. "We worked on a few things tactically that were a bit different than things we've done in the past and we saw a lot of good things from those tactics."

The spring exhibition season began Apr. 14 at the University of San Diego and the Matadors went up against such teams as Arizona, the host Toreros, UNLV and UC San Diego. Next it was on to a tournament at Loyola Marymount where CSUN took on UCLA, San Diego and UC Irvine.

In their third tournament of the spring, the Matadors traveled to UC Irvine to take on UCLA, San Diego, Concordia and UNLV before concluding the season against Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara abd Cal Poly at UCSB.

Northridge won 17 sets over the four tournaments (dropping 13) while improving its hitting percentage from the fall to close to .300 in the spring. 

"We didn't exactly see the best volleyball that we've ever played but certainly this is going to pay dividends in the fall, so that's what we're excited about," said Stork.

The Matadors open the 2012 season Aug. 24 at the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Northridge opens the tournament against the host Arizona Wildcats while also taking on Evansville and Utah Valley.


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