November 5, 2010

Matadors Run Win Streak to Three With 25-27, 25-20, 27-25, 30-28 Thriller at UC Riverside

Nov. 5, 2010

Final Stats

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Junior Una Siljegovic had 16 kills, senior Lynda Morales added 14 and freshman Natalie Allen chipped in 12 as Cal State Northridge ran its win streak to three with a 25-27, 25-20, 27-25, 30-28 victory at UC Riverside on Friday.

The Matadors (12-16, 4-8 Big West) dropped the first set on Friday but came back to win the final three sets, including a 30-28 thriller in the fourth. The loss drops the Highlanders to 2-25 overall and 0-11 in conference play.

Siljegovic's team-high 16 kills led the Matadors while Morales hit a match-high .385 committing just four errors in 26 swings. The senior from Fallbrook, Calif., also had six blocks and two digs. Allen had 12 kills (.175) and added a career-high 16 digs for her eighth double-double this season. Libero Cindy Ortiz posted a match and career-high 23 digs while Sam Orlandini and Sydney Gedryn combined for 49 assists.

CSUN opened up a 19-14 in the opening set only to watch as UCR rolled off five unanswered to knot the score at 19-19. Three of the Highlander points in the run came on Matador hitting miscues. However Northirdge then scored the next four points to take a 23-19 lead. Leading 24-21, the Matadors saw four set points get away as Riverside took a 25-24 lead. With the score tied 25-25, the Highlanders used an Amanda Vialpando kill and an Chelsee Arnitz service ace to claim the set, 27-25.

The Matadors won the first point of the second set and never looked back, opening a 20-11 advantage midway through. UCR scored nine of the next 13 points to trail, 24-20, but an Allen kill on set point gave CSUN the win, 25-20.

The Highlanders seemed poised to take a 2-1 advantage in the match with a 20-14 lead in the third, but the Matadors went on a 10-4 run to tie the set at 24. A Vialpando kill gave UCR the opportunity to serve for the set, but Northridge scored three straight to pick up the come-from-behind, 27-25 win.

The fourth set was the closest of the match as the Highlanders led most of the way, but never had a lead larger than four at 20-16. The Matadors refused to go away, scoring four of the next five points and cutting the UCR advantage to one at 21-20.

Six points later, a CSUN service error brought the Highlanders to set point at 24-23. However, a Morales kill followed by a ball-handling error by UCR's Courtney Wypiszynski put the Matadors in the driver's seat. Wypiszynski responded by combining with Annishia McKoy on a block to tie the match at 25, and a Savannah Thomas kill gave UCR its second set point.

The teams traded the next four points with the Highlanders taking a swing at two additional set-winners, but the Matadors answered on each occasion eventually taking the set and the match, 30-28, following two UCR attack errors.

Kelly Simpson led all players with 18 kills while Vialpando added 12. Four different Highlanders played tallied double-digit digs, led by Megan Patterson's 17.

Cal State Northridge continues its four-match road swing as the Matadors head to Long Beach State next Thursday, Nov. 11.

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