NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - In front of a Labor Day crowd on a new playing surface in The Matadome, Cal State Northridge claimed a hard-fought four-set win over the visiting Idaho Vandals 28-26, 25-17, 21-25, 25-20 Monday afternoon.
The Matadors (4-2) won their home opener for the first time since topping Northeastern in 2003 as the trio of Mahina Haina, Natalie Allen and Britney Graff triggered the CSUN offense. With Casey Hinger sidelined for the second consecutive match, Haina overcame a slow start to pound a team-high 19 kills while hitting an impressive .412 in 34 attacks. Allen added 17 kills (.368), 11 digs and three aces while Graff chipped in 12 kills (.345) and six digs.
Sydney Gedryn again spread the sets around as six different Matador hitters got at least 11 attacks. Gedryn led the CSUN offense to a season-high .327 hitting clip as Sam Kaul (.538) and Cieana Stinson (.174) each had seven kills. Gedryn also served a pair of aces and Cindy Ortiz posted a match-high 24 digs from the libero spot.
The Matadors out-blocked the Vandals 8.0-7.0 as Stinson put up a match-high seven block assists.
For Idaho (2-5), Allison Walker put down a match-high 20 kills (.161) while Alyssa Schultz added 13 (.520) and Jessica Hastriter chipped in 12 (.200).
Cal State Northridge returns to tournament play this weekend as the Matadors travel to the Bay Area to compete in the Asics Coca-Cola Challenge in San Francisco. CSUN will meet LaSalle, Long Island and host San Francisco over the two-day tournament.
- GO MATADORS -