Sept. 18, 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Cal State Northridge ran its win streak to a season-long three straight as the Matadors claimed the UNLV Classic with a 25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19 victory over San Jose State. Freshman Mahina Haina completed an impressive weekend with 12 kills.
The Matadors improve to 6-7 overall and have one more non-conference match before Big West play opens next Friday (Sept. 24) against UC Santa Barbara.
Haina completed a stellar weekend in Las Vegas with 12 kills (.200), nine digs and two aces against the Spartans. She led CSUN in each of the three wins compiling 41 kills (3.73 kps) while hitting a robust .400 for the weekend. She also added a pair of aces, 12 digs and three blocks.
"Mahina had an outstanding tournament," said Matador head coach Jeff Stork. "She came up with big kills when the team needed it. This is also the best passing tournament she's had so far this year. Overall, I thought we sided-out and controlled them really well."
Fellow freshman Natalie Allen added 11 kills (.233) and six digs while senior Lynda Morales chipped in nine kills, hitting .400. As a team, Northridge hit .244 (52-27-127) as a team to .178 (47-24-129) for San Jose State.
The Matadors fell behind 5-1 early in set one and trailed 6-3 before putting together a 4-1 run to knot the score at 7-7. Following four sideouts, the score was tied again at 9-9 before CSUN engineered a 7-2 run, capped by a Monica McFarland ace, to open up a 16-11 cushion. The Spartans closed to within 18-16 before the Matadors scored six unanswered points to seal the set.
Set two was similar as the Spartans again took an early lead, this time 7-2 before the Matadors battled back. Seven straight CSUN points gave the Matadors the lead for good at 9-7 as Allen's ace capped the run. The Northridge lead grew to as many as seven (19-12) before San Jose State pulled to within four at 23-19. But a Sydney Gedryn kill and a Cindy Ortiz ace put the Matadors up two sets.
Northridge held a brief lead late in the third set as Janet Alavarado's kill put the Matadors up 20-19. But the Spartans answered with four quick points to take a 23-20 lead only to see CSUN battle back to 24-23 following a San Jose State hitting error. But a Taylor Japhet kill sent the match to a fourth set as the Spartans pulled out the 25-23 win.
The final set was close until four straight CSUN points opened up a 14-9 advantage. From that point on the Matador lead was never less than four points and Allen's kill on match point sent Northridge to its third straight win.
Cal State Northridge plays its final non-conference match prior to opening the Big West season as the Matadors host Loyola-Marymount Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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