IRVINE, Calif. - Junior Casey Hinger posted the second double-double of her career with 13 kills and 13 digs as 23rd-ranked Cal State Northridge won its 20th match of the season, 32-30, 17-25, 25-20, 25-17 at UC Irvine on Friday night.
With the win, the Matadors improve to 20-4 overall and remain atop the Big West at 10-1. CSUN now has a full game lead over second-place UC Santa Barbara (8-1) which hosts third-place Hawai'i (8-3) on Saturday.
Hinger, who notched her first career double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs against Hawai'i on Oct. 24, had 13 kills (.250) and a career-high 13 digs in Friday's win. The junior also had three blocks, one ace and two assists.
Mahina Haina (.111), Cieana Stinson (.231) and setter Sydney Gedryn (.500) each added eight kills as Gedryn also registered 37 assists, two aces, five digs and six blocks. As a team, CSUN hit .208 (49-19-144) while the host Anteaters hit .181 (54-25-160).
Libero Kelcie Randazzo also had a career night with a match-high 28 digs which eclipsed the [revious career-high 27 the junior had against Cal Poly earlier this season.
Cal State Northridge scored the first two points of the first set before the Anteaters answered with a 7-2 rub to take a 7-4 lead. The Matadors battled back with a 7-4 run to knot the score at 11-11. The teams would never get more than two points ahead of each other until CSUN scored four straight to pull away 20-16. The Anteaters would rally on a 5-1 spurt which was capped by a Shelley Anderson ace to tie the set at 22-22. A kill by Sydney Gedryn and an Anteater dig error gave Northridge its first set point, 24-22. A pair of kills by Aly Squires and a block by Allison Lee and Manz put the Anteaters ahead 25-24. The teams would trade points until two kills by Gedryn gave the Matadors a 31-30 advantage. A kill by Hinger ended the set 32-30 for Northridge. Gedryn hit .875 (7-0-8) from the setter spot.
In the second set, UCI opened a 15-12 lead on two Cassidy Pickrell kills and a kill by Squires. The Anteaters would not relinquish the lead as an ace by Lee, kills by Fleming and Squires plus a Matador attack error extended the margin to 24-16. Following a CSUN kill, an ensuing Matador service error gave UCI the set 25-17.
In The Anteaters opened a 14-11 lead on a block by Manz and Squires, but Northridge would battle back and take an 18-17 lead on an ace by Natalie Allen. After a UCI kill by Lee, the Matadors would score twice on kills by Gedryn and Mahina Haina to go ahead 20-18. Northridge, which limited UCI to an .049 hitting clip in the set, would go on to win the set, 25-20.
UCI led 7-6 in the fourth set, before Northridge scored six straight, the last an ace by Allen, to go up 12-7. Two kills by Haina opened a 16-10 advantage for the Matadors as they went on to win 25-17 and the match 3-1. CSUN hit .355 (14-3-31) in the final stanza.
Aly Squires led the Anteaters (11-13, 2-8 Big West) with 15 kills, 18 digs and four block assists. Allison Lee added 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks in the loss.
Cal State Northridge has a quick turnaround as the 23rd-ranked Matadors travel to Long Beach State on Saturday. First serve at the Walter Pyramid is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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