Gauchos Dispatch Matadors in Three Sets, 25-18, 25-11
Nov. 3, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Juniors Brittany Williams and Lynda Morales each had a match-high eight kills but Cal State Northridge fell to visiting UC Santa Barbara in three quick sets, 25-18, 25-22, 25-11 Tuesday at The Matadome.
The Matadors (7-17, 3-7 Big West) could not get much going on offense as Northridge hit negative in two of the three sets and .010 for the match. The Gauchos (19-5, 9-3 Big West) on the other hand hit over .300 in two of the three sets and .239 for the match.
Williams and Morales paced the Matadors with eight kills apiece with Williams hitting .238 and Morales .188. Williams also added an ace and a pair of block assists to account for a team-high 10.0 points. Senior Angela Hupp, who managed her 13th double of the season with 13 assists and 10 digs, was held to a a season-low .000 hitting clip with four kills and four errors in 15 swings. Britney Graff came off the bench after missing the last two matches with an injury to post seven kills and six digs.
The first set was close for the first 20 points as UCSB overcame a 9-8 Northridge lead with a six-point run to open up a 14-9 cushion. The Gaucho led was as many as seven at 17-10 and 18-11 before the Matadors put together a 5-2 run to get within 20-16 on a Stacey Schmidt service error. That was as close as Northridge would get however and Kasey Kipp's putaway of a Matador overpass ended the set 25-18.
Northridge jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in the second set only to watch as UCSB scored five straight to take a 7-5 lead after Morales' attack went wide. The Gaucho lead swelled to nine at 19-10 and ultimately 24-14 before the Matadors made things interesting. Northridge saved eight set points to pull within 24-22. The run was highlighted by five Matador blocks, three by Chelsea Johnson. But again it was Kipp who ended the set with a kill at 24-22.
The Gauchos erased any suspense as they broke open a tight 9-8 score by claiming six of the next seven points to go up 15-9. UCSB held the Matadors to just two points the rest of the way as the Gauchos cruised home 25-11.
Rebecca Saraceno led UCSB with eight kills (.161) while Kipp added seven (.600).
Cal State Northridge heads back on the road for its next two matches beginning Friday, Nov. 6 as the Matadors head to UC Riverside at 7 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -