September 14, 2010

Northridge Can't Solve No. 13 UCLA as Bruins Win in Four Sets

Sept. 14, 2010

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After winning the opening set in front of a boisterous crowd, Cal State Northridge could not sustain the momentum as 13th-ranked UCLA claimed the final three sets in a 22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-14 Bruin win Tuesday in The Matadome.

The Matadors (3-7) came out swinging in their home opener to the tune of .256 hitting clip as Northridge took the opening set 25-22. But the Matadors would not hit higher than .061 in any of the remaining three sets and had their upset plans squashed by the Bruins (8-1) who won their 13th straight over Northridge.

Sophomore Monica McFarland paced Northridge with 13 kills (.162) and 11 digs, her sixth double-double in 10 matches this season. Freshman Mahina Haina added 11 kills (.147) and fellow freshman Natalie Allen chipped in 10 kills (.152) and seven digs.

Matador setter Sam Orlandini posted 37 assists, seven digs, one ace and five block assists and libero Cindy Ortiz had a team-high 15 digs.

For UCLA, Dicey McGraw knocked down a match-high 16 kills (.295) to go with 13 digs and Kelly Reeves also reached double figures with 11 kills (.207) to go with 11 digs.

The Bruins wound up hitting .224 (52-20-143) for the match and won the second set despite hitting just .083. Northridge wound up with an .087 (45-32-150) hitting clip and was out-blocked by a slim 10.0-8.0 margin.

The Matadors led from the start in the opening set, opening up an 8-3 lead early on. An 8-3 UCLA run evened the score at 11 following a Lauren Van Orden ace. But three straight Northridge points, highlighted by kills from Haina and McFarland bumped the lead back to three at 14-11. Following a Katie Camp hitting error, the Matadors matched their largest lead at 18-13 and despite the Bruins closing to within one at 22-21 and 23-22 a kill from McFarland and a block from Puneet Pataria and Sydney Gedryn sent the Matadors to the 25-22 win.

That however was the highlight of the match for Northridge which would not hold a lead again in the match. The Bruins scored the first five points of set two and never looked back. The Matadors got back to within one at 8-7 following an Orlandini ace but Northridge could not overtake UCLA. Orlandini and Morales teamed up to block Mari Hole pulling the Matadors within 16-15 but the Bruins quickly regained their cushion boosting their lead back to four at 20-16. A kill by McGraw on the Bruins' second set point gave the visitors a 25-21 victory.

The Bruins again led wire-to-wire in the both the third and fourth sets. The Matadors were limited to hitting percentage's of -.027 in the third and .061 in the fourth as UCLA closed out the match with 25-15 and 25-14 wins.

After a single match at home, Cal State Northridge heads back out on the road this weekend as the Matadors take on UNLV, Xavier and San Jose State as part of the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

- GO MATADORS -