Hinger, Haina Lead CSUN Attack in 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23 Victory Versus UC Davis
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Cal State Northridge middle blocker Casey Hinger and outside hitter Mahina Haina recorded a match-high 14 and 13 kills respectively to help the Matadors defeat UC Davis 25-15, 23-25, 15-18, 25-23 inside the Matadome Saturday night.
The home victory was the CSUN's third in as many years against UC Davis, and the third out of its last four overall matches played.
Northridge (15-7, 6-4 BWC) also set a new four-set season high by finishing the match with a .331 hitting percentage. Out of its 133 swings, CSUN collected 59 kills against only 15 errors. The Aggies (10-12, 4-5 BWC) ended their evening with a .199 (54-26-141) clip.
"It is easier to earn kills when you receive great passes. We were also serving tough throughout the entire match, everyone played well tonight," said Hinger.
CSUN started the match by hitting a blistering .480 (13-1-25) in the first set, and followed that effort by hitting .333 (16-5-33) and .353 (14-2-34) in the third and fourth sets to earn a sweep of the only two home events scheduled this month.
"I thought we had a great match and started with an extremely high hitting percentage," said assistant coach Susie Terrusa. "We had momentum going our way once we returned from the break and had a great all-around effort."
Led by middle blocker Sam Kaul, who tallied both of her team's solo blocks and finished with a match-high seven, the Matadors won the net battle once again en route to another Big West victory. Northridge has now outblocked its opponents in five of its six conference wins.
"Blocks were a huge part of our success tonight. When we make a straight-down block, the crowd gets fired up, we get fired up and are able to create momentum," said Hinger. "Sam (Kaul) did a great job tonight and led the way for us at the net."
Libero Cindy Ortiz and outside hitter Britney Graff were the only Matadors who recorded double-digit digs, finishing with a team-high 15 and 12 respectively. In addition to earning eight kills (.471), Gedryn also earned all but seven of CSUN's 56 assists.
Outside hitters Allison Whitson and Devon Damelio led UC Davis with a team-high 11 kills, defensive specialist Caroline Mercado led all Aggies by recording 10 digs with setter Lindsay Dowd responsible for 32 of her team's 51 assists.
Northridge will return to action in a 7 p.m. match on Friday, Oct. 26, at UC Irvine (9-13, 4-4 BWC).