Sept. 11, 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif. - After splitting the opening two matches of the San Jose State/Santa Clara Tournaments on Friday, Cal State Northridge had trouble getting on track Saturday in a straight set (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) loss to Portland State at Spartan Gym.
The Matadors (3-6) were held to a .120 hitting clip and had 38 kills while committing 23 hitting errors in 125 swings. Junior Puneet Pataria's eight kills (.250) were enough to lead the team while senior Lynda Morales' added seven kills (.053). Northridge's leading hitter Natalie Allen was held to just six kills in 24 attacks (.000). Sophomore Cindy Ortiz had another strong match with 19 digs from the libero spot. Ortiz dug a career-high 22 balls in Saturday's win over Santa Clara.
"Obviously we might have been thinking about a good match last night," said head coach Jeff Stork. "We didn't do a real good job of defending the back row attack but Portland State did a good job of taking us out of system. They might have had a little extra motivation after losing in five to San Jose State.
"Our execution was not there today," added Stork. "We need to improve our offensive speed and do a better job with our outside blocking, we need to be early and over the net."
With the score tied 7-7 in the opening set, the Vikings tallied six consecutive points to open up a 13-7 cushion. A Morales kill briefly pulled the Matadors within five at 13-8 but that was as close as CSUN would get in the set.
Set two was the tightest of the match as the two teams battled to an 18-18 tie. However after an Una Siljegovic kill knotted things at 18, a Portland State kill followed by a Pataria hitting error propelled the Vikings on a 7-1 run to close the set.
With the score tied at 15 in the final set, Portland State again used a 5-1 run to put enough distance between themselves and the Matadors. A 3-0 CSUN run cut the lead to 20-19 but the Vikings answered with three straight points to salt away the set.
After nine road matches, Cal State Northridge opens the 2010 home season this Tuesday, Sept. 14 as the Matadors host No. 13 UCLA in The Matadome at 7 p.m.
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