CSUN Wins Third Straight as Matadors Sweep LaSalle 25-15, 25-12, 25-14

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Behind a dominating hitting effort, Cal State Northridge ran its winning streak to three straight with a 25-15, 25-12, 25-14 over LaSalle in its opening match of the Asics Coca-Cola Challenge at USF's War Memorial Gym.

The Matadors (5-2) hit a season-high .364 as a team while limiting the Explorers (1-8) to a .109 clip. CSUN committed just seven hitting errors in 99 swings while connecting for 43 kills. Conversely LaSalle had just 28 kills as a team with 17 errors in 101 attacks.

Natalie Allen led a balanced Matador attack with eight kills in 13 errorless swings. In hitting a season-high .615, Allen, who also served three aces, did not commit a hitting error for the second time in the last three matches and third time this season. Sam Kaul (.400) and Mahina Haina (.278) each added seven kills while Cieana Stinson (.364) and Britney Graff each chipped in in five kills.

Sydney Gedryn registered 20 assists and one ace while sharing time at setter with Steffi Miller who made her collegiate debut posting 10 assists to go with four kills and three digs. Cindy Ortiz and Monica McFarland accounted for 22 of CSUN's 46 digs in the win.

"We played well, it was a good win," said head coach Jeff Stork. "We were able to make some moves, a lot of people played and we did some good things in the match.

"We stayed in system quite a bit but were still trying to nurse some injuries," added Stork. "We've got the be ready because the meat of the tournament is coming up tomorrow."

For LaSalle, Kelly Scanlon had a match-high 15 kills while hitting .342 in 38 swings but no other player had more than six kills.

Cal State Northridge will play two matches Saturday, taking on LIU Brooklyn at 12:30 p.m. followed by a match against the host San Francisco Dons at 7 p.m.


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