SEATTLE, Wash. - Junior Natalie Allen pounded a match-high 14 kills as Cal State Northridge opened its final weekend of the non-conference season with a straight-set (25-16, 25-22, 25-17) victory over Coppin State Thursday at American Airlines Arena.
Allen hit a season-high .650 on a team-high 20 attacks while Casey Hinger also reached double figures with 10 kills in 19 errorless attacks (.526) as the Matadors improved to 9-2. Sydney Gedryn and Steffi Miller shared time at setter with Gedryn posting 15 assists and Miller handing out 21 to go with three aces. Matador libero Kelcie Randazzo had a match-high 17 digs in the win.
CSUN, which is off to its best 11-match start since 2000, also got four kills apiece from Sam Kaul, Mahina, Cieana Stinson and Julie Haake. Haake also notched her first collegiate ace. Matador head coach Jeff Stork went to his bench against the Eagles as freshmen Haake and Stephanie Serna were making their Matador debuts.
"We made some lineup changes and I thought we played pretty well," said Stork. "Some of the close sets were more of us getting comfortable with different players in the lineup, but Steffi (Miller) did a good job at managing the confusion. Julie (Haake) took some difficult swings but did a very nice job."
The Matadors out-hit the Eagles .311 to .154 as CSUN connected for 47 kills to 31 for Coppin State.
Northridge jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set and never looked back. An Eagles hitting error put the Matadors up by six at 17-11 and CSUN cruised home in the first set 25-16. Set two was the tighest of the match as Coppin State threatened after the Matadors led by as many as seven (20-13). A 9-3 Eagle run cut the lead to 23-22 before kills from Allen and Stinson sealed set two 25-22. The two teams traded sideouts until 11-11 in set three before the Matadors claimed eight of the next 10 points to open up a 19-13 cushion. Coppin State got within five at 20-15 but Allen put way a Miller set on match point to give the Matadors back-to-back sweeps for the first time in 2013.
Ariel Richard led the Eagles (3-9) with a team-high 10 kills (.107) while Cindy Okpegbue added nine kills while hitting .240.
The two team meet again Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Matadors will then take on third-ranked Washington at 7 p.m.
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