August 28, 2010

Matadors Drop Second Match of Aztec Invitational; 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 to Cincinnati

Aug. 28, 2010

Final Stats

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Cal State Northridge dropped its second match of the Aztec Invitational as the Cincinnati Bearcats swept the Matadors 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 Saturday morning. Freshman Natalie Allen paced Northridge with nine kills for the second match in a row.

The Matadors (0-2) will look for their first win of the season later Saturday afternoon as Northridge takes on Northern Colorado at 5 p.m.

Allen, who had nine kills while hitting .333 in Friday's loss to San Diego State, had nine kills against Cincinnati hitting .227. Monica McFarland, who also had nine kills on Friday, checked in with seven kills (.211), five digs and five blocks. In her first collegiate action, freshman Mahina Haina added six kills (.250).

Natalie is a solid player," said Matador head coach Jeff Stork. "She has good hand control when she attacks and has a wide variety of shots."

Northridge, which hit .288 against San Diego State, hit .213 against Cincinnati. The Bearcats hit .429 in winning the opening set and a match-high .464 in set two.

"Cincinnati is probably the best team here," said Stork. "They beat us, we didn't beat ourselves. Serving was an issue in both matches as was our overpassing, but I'm happy with the fact that were hitting the ball in. We forcing other teams to play great defense."

Stephanie Niemer had a match-high 16 kills while hitting .500 to lead Cincinnati while Jordanne Scott and Becca Refenes each added 10 kills.

"We're playing some good volleyball," added Stork. "Against San Diego State we got to 15 first in all three sets. We're attacking the ball well and have had good offensive matches, we're looking to continue to play well against Northern Colorado."

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