NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge opened up the new-look Matadome in impressive fashion Tuesday night as the Matadors swept the visiting Seattle Redhawks 25-23, 25-18, 25-18 in a non-conference match.
CSUN improved to 8-2 with the win while the loss dropped Seattle to 2-11 on the season.
A trio of Matadors, led by sophomore Cieana Stinson's match-high 13, finished with double figures in kills. Stinson hit .348 on 23 attacks while Mahina Haina added 12 kills (.421) and Casey Hinger chipped in 11 kills while hitting a solid .500 in 20 swings.
CSUN wound up hitting .370 (48-14-92) as a team as setter Sydney Gedryn posted 29 assists, four kills and three digs. Senior Britney Graff had another nice match from the service line, tallying two of the Matadors' three aces in the win.
"I think the team in general ran the system the way we wanted to," said Matador head coach Jeff Stork. "This was our first home match so there we some distractions. We didn't play the cleanest match we've played and there were more errors than I would have liked but we played hard and we're 8-2."
The two teams traded the lead for a good portion of the opening set which wound up tied 12 times. A Seattle hitting error gave the Matadors a two-point cushion at 19-17 and CSUN still led by two (21-19) following a Natalie Allen kill. A Stinson kill extended the lead to 22-19 before consecutive Seattle points cut the lead to 22-21. Back-to-back kills from Hinger gave the Matadors three set points at 24-21 and after the Redhawks staved off a pair, Stinson's attack found the floor giving the Matadors set one 25-23.
CSUN took control of both sets two and three fairly early, leading 10-3 in set two and 12-5 in set three. Seattle managed a late run each time but the Matadors won both sets going away 25-18.
Allison Farley and Alec Goodrie each had seven kills to lead the Redhawks who hit .241 (34-13-87) as a team.
Cal State Northridge heads back out on the road for three matches in Seattle, Wash. The Matadors take on Coppin State Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m. before tangling with third-ranked Washington Friday at 7 p.m.
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