Aug. 27, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Cal State Northridge battled but dropped its 2010 season opener to San Diego State at the Aztec Invitational at Peterson Gym. Monica McFarland and Natalie Allen each had nine kills to pace the Matadors.
Set scores on Friday were 25-21, 29-27, 30-28.
Northridge hit .250 as a team compared to .211 for the Aztecs but San Diego served four aces while the Matadors had none.
McFarland (.333) and Allen (.333) each had identical statlines with nine kills one one error in 24 swings. Janet Alvarado added eight kills while hitting .412 and Sydney Gedryn had 32 assists in her first collegiate start.
The Matadors hit a solid .280 in the opening set but fell 25-21.
In set two, the Matadors held a 23-21 lead but the Aztecs tallied three straight to take a 24-23 lead. Northridge answered and the set was headed to extra points. With San Diego up 28-27, Nicole Jarvis' attack was stuffed and the Aztecs went up two sets with the 29-27 win. San Diego State won the set despite being out-hit .222-.100.
The Matadors led by five at 21-16 in the latter stages of the third set before the Aztecs scored three unanswered points to pull within 21-19. Following a Northridge timeout, Jarvis converted a Gedryn set to put the Matadors back in front 22-19. CSUN still led 23-22 before Morales' attack went long knotting the score at 23 and forcing the Matadors to call another timeout.
The teams traded sideouts until Allen's kill gave the Matadors a 28-27 lead. But back came the Aztecs and three straight points capped by McFarlane's hitting error gave SDSU the set 30-27 and the match 3-0.
Cal State Northridge plays two matches on Saturday as the Matadors take on Cincinnati at 10 a.m. and Northern Colorado at 5 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -