Sept. 25, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Seeking its first home win in four tries this season, Cal State Northridge was turned back in straight sets by visiting Cal Poly 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 Saturday in The Matadome.
The Matadors (6-10, 0-2 Big West) were led by Mahina Haina who had 12 kills but hit just .067 on the night. Monica McFarland added 11 kills (.216) and nine digs while Natalie Allen and Lynda Morales both notched eight kills.
Northridge hit .156 (44-22-141) as a team while Cal Poly posted a .221 (39-14-113) hitting clip and had five aces to three for the Matadors. The Mustangs also had 9.0 team blocks to 7.0 for CSUN.
In an evenly played opening set, the two teams battled through 16 ties and four lead changes. The Matadors took an early 5-3 lead before two straight Mustang points, the last on Allen's attack error pulled Cal Poly even. The teams traded sideouts until 14-14 when a Morales-Allen block followed by a pair of Morales kills put CSUN in front 17-14. Cal Poly again answered with three consecutive points before McFarland served an ace followed by a kill and the Matadors led 19-17. But an ensuing three-point Mustang run put Cal Poly in front to stay 20-19. CSUN managed to knot the score for the final time at 20 before the Mustangs tallied the next three points to give them the cushion they needed to claim set one 25-22.
The Matadors jumped out to an 8-3 lead early in the second set and managed to hold off Cal Poly throughout the middle portion of the set. Leading 17-16, an Allen kill followed by a pair of Cal Poly hitting errors put CSUN in front 20-16. But again, the Mustangs answered, this time with four consecutive points to pull even at 20. The Matadors led for the final time (22-21) following a Jennifer Keddy hitting error before the Mustangs rallied for four of the final five points on their way to the 25-23 win.
Cal Poly won six of the first seven points in the third set and despite the Matadors closing within three late, the Mustangs held on for the 25-19 win.
Catie Smith led Cal Poly with 13 kills (.323) and 10 digs while Kristina Graven added 12 kills (.205) and 12 digs.
Cal State Northridge heads back out on the road for its next two matches as the Matadors travel to Northern California to take on UC Davis and Pacific.
- GO MATADORS -