October 14, 2010

Matadors Stifled in Straight Set Loss at Cal State Fullerton

Oct. 14, 2010

Final Stats

FULLERTON, Calif. - Cal State Northridge attempted to become the first team to defeat Cal State Fullerton at home this season but instead came away with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 loss Thursday at Titan Gym. Senior Lynda Morales led the Matadors with eight kills.

Northridge (8-13, 1-5 Big West) had its two-match winning streak snapped with the loss while Fullerton (16-4, 5-1 Big West) won its 11th straight home match.

Morales' eight kills paced the team on night when the Matadors were stifled on offense. Northridge hit .022 in the first set, .167 in set two, .176 in the final set and .116 (33-19-121) for the match. Morales also had one ace and three blocks.

Mahina Haina and Puneet Pataria each added six kills, while Natalie Allen was held to a season-low three kills in 25 swings but did add a team-high 12 digs. Matador setter Sam Orlandini added 19 assists and eight digs in the loss.

For the Titans, who hit .292 as a team, Big West Player of the Week Erin Saddler led the way with a match-high 17 kills (.371). Kayla Neto added 11 kills while hitting .391.

Each team had 5.0 team blocks while Fullerton dug 58 Matador attacks while Northridge had 46 digs.

Cal State Northridge returns home looking for its third straight win in The Matadome Saturday night as the Matadors welcome UC Irvine at 7 p.m. Saturday is also Dig Pink Night as Northridge raises money through volleyball to find a cure for cancers. Fans are encouraged to wear PINK to the match.

- GO MATADORS -