Nov. 11, 2010
Freshman Natalie Allen had a team-high 10 kills but Cal State Northridge saw its three-match win streak snapped with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-23 loss to Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid on Thursday.
The Matadors (12-17, 4-9 Big West) were looking for their season-high fourth straight win but were limited to a .186 hitting clip by the 49ers who improved to 20-6 (10-3 Big West).
Allen put down a team-high 10 kills hitting .233. Five of Allen's 10 kills came in the final set when CSUN battled back to nearly force a fourth set. Junior Una Siljegovic added seven kills (.190) to go with 10 digs and Puneet Pataria chipped in five kills (.455) and four blocks. Setter Sam Orlandini narrowly missed a double-double with 26 assists and nine digs while Monica McFarland had a team-high 12 digs.
The 49ers posted 12 more kills than the Matadors as CSUN was limited to a .186 hitting clip (35-14-113) while Long Beach hit .310 (47-12-113) as a team.
The opening set was tight early on as the Matadors overcame a 7-3 deficit to close within one at both 8-7 and 9-8. It was Allen's kill that pulled CSUN within 9-8 before the 49ers scored four unanswered to take a 13-8 lead. A Lynda Morales-Janet Alvarado block brought the Matadors within three at 13-10 and an Allen-Morales block kept CSUN close at 15-11. But a Morales hitting error on the ensuing play opened the floodgates on an 8-0 Long Beach run that salted away the set.
Unfortunately for the Matadors, the momentum carried over into the second set as the 49ers scored six of the first seven points and never saw their lead drop below three the rest of the set. Trailing 14-7, Northridge outscored Long Beach 4-2 over the next six points to get as close as 16-11 following an Alvarado kill. But another long 49ers run, this time 7-0, erased all doubt as the 49ers cruised 25-15.
The final set appeared to be much of the same as Long Beach opened up a 19-12 lead following a 3-0 run. CSUN then played its best volleyball of the match as the Matadors put down four kills, had one block and took advantage of a pair of 49er miscues in a 7-1 run that trimmed the Long Beach lead to 20-19. But CSUN could never take the lead and despite closing to within one at 23-22 and 24-23, a Caitlin Ledoux kill ended the match.
Ledoux wound up with a match-high 16 kills (.371) while Haleigh Hampton added 11 (.429). Janisa Johnson added seven kills (.353) and a match-high 19 digs.
Cal State Northridge wraps up the road portion of the 2010 schedule Saturday night as the Matadors travel to UC Irvine at 7 p.m. CSUN looks to sweep the season series from the Anteaters for the first time since 2001.
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