Sept. 4, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Despite a match-high 19 kills from senior Angela Hupp, Cal State Northridge dropped its opener of the USF Asics/Coca-Cola Challenge to the host Dons 25-22, 25-20, 15-25, 25-17 Friday at War Memorial Gym.
The loss evens the Matadors' season record at 2-2 while the Dons improve to 2-3 with the win.
Hupp, who hit a solid .310 in the match, also had six digs and six blocks (one solo). Freshman Britney Graff had her third straight strong match as she put down 15 kills (.433) to go with seven digs. Brittany Williams chipped in nine kills (.280) and Lynda Morales added six kills (.364). The Matadors hit well in the match as they hit .322 as a team but committed 17 service errors. Northridge was also whistled for six blocking errors in the loss.
The Matadors never led in the first set despite tying the score nine times. The Dons built three-point leads at 11-8 and 12-9 before Northridge battled back behind a Hupp kill and a pair of co-blocks from Morales-Hupp and Grayson-Hupp to knot the score 15-15. But USF outscored the Matadors 6-2 over the next eight points to open up a 21-17 advantage. Another Hupp kill, her sixth of the frame, pulled the Matadors within 23-21 but a Chelsea Johnson service error and a Anna Berger kill gave USF set one 25-22. Both teams hit well in set one as Northridge registered a .560 clip while the Dons hit .419.
USF took the second set as the Matadors' hitting percentage dropped from .560 to .143. With the score knotted 12-12, a 5-0 USF all but sealed Northridge's fate. The Matadors ultimately trailed by seven at 21-14 before making a late run to close to 25-20.
The Matadors jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the third set and were never threatened thereafter. After the Dons closed to within 15-9, Northridge scored four unanswered points to all but seal the set at 19-9. The Matadors won going away as a Williams' kill on set point set the match to a fourth set.
After trailing early 9-5, Northridge took four consecutive points, two on Tela Burnett aces, to even the score at 9-9. However an 11-0 USF run proved to be the Matadors' undoing as a Leinani Kealani service error ended the run with the Dons on top 20-10. Northridge got as close as 24-17 late but a Berger kill ended the match.
The Matadors look to bounce back with a pair of matches on Saturday. Northridge meets Rice in the first match of the day (11 a.m.) and then takes on San Diego State at 4 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -