Sept. 19, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Junior Brittany Williams had a match-high 12 kills while sophomore Sam Orlandini posted 29 assists and seven digs to lead Cal State Northridge to a 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 victory over the visiting Portland Pilots Saturday in The Matadome.
The Matadors (4-8) snap a three-match skid while splitting their season-opening homestand. Northridge fell in five sets to Fresno State on Friday.
Williams was the lone hitter in the match to reach double figures in kills as the junior from Chino Hills, Calif., hit a solid .318 to go with four digs and three blocks. Senior Angela Hupp and freshman Britney Graff each added nine kills with Graff hitting .200 and Hupp posting a .136 hitting clip. Orlandini and Graff shared team-high honors with seven digs apiece and Matador libero Karina Woehrstein posted five digs and two of Northridge's four aces.
As a team, the Matadors hit .242 (21-19-95) and limited the Pilots to a -.024 clip as Portland committed 24 hitting errors in 85 swings.
The Pilots scored the first four points of the match and also led 5-3 before the Matadors took advantage of a pair of Portland miscues to even the score 5-5. The teams traded sideouts until 7-7 when Northridge engineered a 5-1 run to open up a 12-8 lead. The Matador lead grew to as many as six (15-9) before the Pilots closed the gap to three at 18-15 after Lynda Morales' attack went wide. That was as close as Portland would get as a Williams kill ended the set 25-21.
Set two saw the Pilots again gain the early lead as Portland jumped out to a 6-2 lead following an Ariel Sievers-Shelley Sievers co-block on Graff. But again, the Matadors mounted a comeback, eventually tying the score at 7-7 after a Williams kill. From that point on it was all Northridge as a 16-3 run put the Matadors in front to stay 23-10.
Set three was the tightest of the match as both teams held leads until Williams' service error tied things up at 17-17. A Morales kill and a Woehrstein ace gave the Matadors a two-point cushion (19-17) before Woehrstein's service error trimmed the lead to 19-18. But a pair of Hupp kills, a Graff kill and a trio of Portland hitting errors fueled a 6-0 run as Northridge wrapped up its first home win 25-18.
Kate Bostwick came off the bench to lead the Pilots with five kills while Maria Clemens added four.
After its brief two-match homestand, Cal State Northridge heads back out on the road for its next three matches beginning with its Big West opener at UC Davis next Friday, Sept. 25.
- GO MATADORS -