Oct. 29, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge had its three-match home winning streak snapped after the Matadors dropped a 25-15, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16 decision to the visiting Pacific Tigers Friday at The Matadome. Junior Una Siljegovic had a team-high 13 kills for CSUN in the loss.
The Matadors (9-16, 2-8 Big West), who had won three of their last six matches with all three wins coming at home, were seeking their longest home winning streak in five years. But the visiting Tigers won the first two sets, dropped the third and held off a Northridge rally in the fourth and final set.
Siljegovic's 13 kills led the Matadors on a night when Northridge was without leading hitter Natalie Allen who missed the match with an injury. Siljegovic hit .154 and also added seven digs. Seniors Janet Alvarado and Lynda Morales each added seven kills while freshmen Nicole Jarvis and Mahina Haina each chipped in six kills. Jarvis wound up hitting a team-best .333.
Sydney Gedryn came off the bench to record a double-double with 21 assists to go with 13 digs while also posting seven block assists. Morales also had seven blocks with one of those a solo stuff. Monica McFarland and Cindy Ortiz had a combined 26 digs for CSUN in the loss.
The Tigers led from start to finish in the opening set. The Matadors tied the set once (at 1-1) before Pacific bolted to a 6-2 lead. The Tigers also led by four at 9-5 and 10-6 before CSUN narrowed the gap to two on four different occasions, the last at 13-11 following a Sam Orlandini kill. But four straight Tiger points propelled Pacific on an 8-1 run that blew the set open 21-12. Pacific then wrapped up the set on Svenja Englehardt's fifth kill of the frame.
After falling behind 13-7 in set two, the Matadors engineered an 8-1 run to take their first lead at 15-14. An ensuing kill from Siljegovic gave Northridge its biggest lead 16-14 forcing the Tigers into a timeout. However three straight points out the timeout gave Pacific back the lead at 17-16 and the teams traded sideout until the Matadors drew even at 21-21 following a Samantha Misa hitting error. Back-to-back Tiger blocks put Pacific up 23-21 before Brittany Williams answered pulling the Matadors within 23-22. But CSUN would get no closer as Engelhardt's kill and a block on set point put Pacific up two sets.
The Tigers scored the first point of set three but a Haina kill followed by a pair of Haina aces propelled the Matadors on a 4-0 run and Northridge would not trail again in the set. The Matadors led by as many as four (9-6) before Pacific battled back to tie the score at 15-15. The score was also tied at 18, when Northridge claimed six of the next seven points, highlighted by a pair of Morales kills, to open up a 24-19 cushion. After the Tigers scored three unanswered to pull within 24-22, Jarvis capped the win with a kill.
With the fourth set tied at 4-4, Pacific's Rebekah Torres stepped to the service line and the Tigers rolled off 12 straight points virtually sealing the match. The Matadors still had some fight left as Northridge pulled within 24-16 following a Siljegovic kill, but Engelhardt wrapped up the match with her match-high 16th kill of the night.
In addition to Engelhardt, who had 16 kills and 15 digs, Misa contributed 15 kill s and 16 digs. Torres wound up with a match-high 20 digs in the win.
Cal State Northridge wraps up its two-match homestand Saturday as the Matadors host UC Davis at 7 p.m.
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