Matadors Head North To Compete in Sacramento State Invitational


Matadors Head North To Compete in Sacramento State Invitational

This Week's Matador Women's Volleyball Release



MATADOR VOLLEYBALL THIS WEEK: SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL, SACRAMENTO, CALIF.

Match #7: Northridge vs. Manhattan * Friday, Sept. 7 * Hornets Nest * 5:00 p.m.
Match #8: Northridge vs. Oregon State * Saturday, Sept. 8 * Hornets Nest * 10:00 a.m.
Match #9: Northridge vs. Sacramento State * Saturday, Sept. 8 * Hornets Nest * 7:30 p.m.

NORTHRIDGE HEADS NORTH TO TAKE PART IN SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL
After tournaments at Washington and USC over the last two weeks, Cal State Northridge (2-4) heads to the State Capital city this weekend to compete in the Sacramento State Invitational. The Matadors open the tournament against Manhattan on Friday at 5 p.m. Northridge then gets an early wake-up call on Saturday as the Matadors tangle with Oregon State at 10 a.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. match with host Sacramento State on Saturday night. This weekend marks the first tournament that Northridge owns a winning record against all three teams. The Matadors are 1-0 all-time against Manhattan, 3-2 all-time against Oregon State and 25-20 all-time against Sacramento State.

NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET
All matches at the Sacramento State Invitational will have live stats. The Sac State Invitational page can be accessed at:

Sacramento State Invitational Tournament Page

Northridge's match against the host Hornets will be broadcast via the internet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's web broadcast can be accessed at:

www.HornetSports.com

MATADORS WRAP UP ANOTHER 1-2 WEEKEND AT USC
Northridge continued its 14-match road stretch to open the 2007 season with a win and two losses at the USC Classic in Los Angeles last weekend. The Matadors opened the tournament with a 3-0 loss to No. 4 USC but rebounded with a 3-0 blanking against Mercer. In the 30-20, 30-18, 30-26 win, Jenn Probert knocked down a match-high 11 kills and redshirt freshman Lynda Morales added a career-high 10 kills as Northridge snapped a three-match skid. On Saturday night, the Matadors dropped their third match of the season to a ranked as No. 14 Duke came away with a 3-0 win.

HUPP EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS AT USC
Sophomore setter/outside hitter Angela Hupp was the lone Matador named to the USC Classic All-Tournament team. Hupp averaged 2.56 kills per game while hitting a team-best .314 in three matches last weekend. Hupp also posted 53 assists (5.89 per game) to go with one ace and 24 digs (2.67 per game) as Northridge finished 1-2. She had double-doubles against both fourth-ranked USC and 14th-ranked Duke, narrowly missing a triple-double with 10 kills, 12 assists and eight digs against the Trojans.

MATADORS WRAP UP AUGUST AT 2-3
Without the benefit of a home match, Northridge wrapped up the first month of the season with a 2-3 record. The road-weary Matadors will play their next eight matches in September on the road before playing their final two matches of the month in the comforts of The Matadome. October will not provide much relief either as Northridge plays five of its eight matches during the month on the road. However, the Matadors will leave the comforts of home just once in seven matches in the final month of the season (Nov. 17 at Cal State Fullerton).

ALL OR NOTHING FOR NORTHRIDGE AT USC
It turned out to be all or nothing for the Matadors at the USC Classic last weekend. Northridge either won in three games or lost in three games over its three matches at USC. The Matadors swept Mercer (30-20, 30-18, 30-26) but were in turn swept by USC (30-18, 30-22, 31-29) and Duke (30-23, 30-28, 30-21). Northridge is now 1-3 in three-game matches this season with the other 3-0 loss coming at the hands of No. 8 Washington. The Matadors are winless in three tries against ranked teams this season.

OTHER NOTABLES FROM THE WEEKEND
Junior libero Amy Hultner, who is second on the Matadors with four aces, matched her season-high with a pair of aces against Mercer. Hultner, who served up a team-high 38 aces as a sophomore in 2006 (second in the Big West), now has 60 aces in her Northridge career. Junior Jenn Probert and redshirt freshman Lynda Morales both set season-highs in kills in the win over Mercer. Probert knocked down a season-high 11 kills in a season-high h21 swings while Morales matched her career-high with 10 kills and also established a career-high with five blocks in the win over the Bears.

NORTHRIDGE "QUOTABLES"
Head coach Jeff Stork had this to say about last weekend's tournament at USC:

"Playing another two ranked teams (USC, Duke) I think we're making improvements, but it's hard to tell when you're playing really good teams" said Stork. "I'm very happy with the way Angela (Hupp) is attacking the ball." Stork added "Our point scoring was great against Mercer but not good against USC and Duke. We continue to sideout consistently average."

On this weekend's Sacramento State Invitational:

"The caliber of teams is good but not as good as we've played in the last two weeks," said Stork. "This weekend might be a better indication of where we are as a team. But for our team every match we play is important, we can't overlook any opponent."

TOUGH SCHEDULE
Eight Teams on the 2007 Matador schedule are named in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll this week. USC, which defeated the Matadors on Aug. 20, are the highest ranked Northridge opponent this week at No. 4. UCLA, which will take on the Matadors in San Diego on Sept. 14, is ranked fifth this week followed by eighth-ranked Washington which beat Northridge 3-0 on Aug. 25. Duke, which was ranked 14th when the Blue Devils defeated the Matadors last weekend, jumped three spots to 11th this week. Big West foe Cal Poly (Sept. 22, Oct. 19) is ranked 17th, followed by San Diego (Sept. 15) at No. 18. Another Big West rival Long Beach State (Oct. 6, Nov. 3) and former Big Sky rival Sacramento State (Sept. 8) also received votes in this week's top 25 poll.

NORTHRIDGE NOTEBOOK
The Matadors would like to do an about face on some of their season numbers after six matches. Northridge is hitting .185 as a team compared to .235 for its opponents. The Matadors are also being outscored 429.5 to 369.5 (an average of 19.5 to 16.8 per game) after six matches. Another area of concern is the substantial margin by which the Matadors are being out-blocked. Northridge has posted 45.5 total blocks as a team while the six Matador opponents have recorded 63.5 total blocks. While Northridge has held its own in terms of block assists (79-77), the Matadors are on the short end in block solos (25-6) ... Northridge holds identical 1-2 records in matches in which the Matadors win game one and matches in which they lose game one ... Alex Johnson slipped out of the top 10 in the Big West in attack percentage. The freshman is now hitting .179 on the young season.

SCOUTING THE SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL FIELD
The Matadors open the Sacramento State Invitational against the Manhattan Jaspers on Friday at 5 p.m. Manhattan opens the week with an overall record of 1-4 and host Farleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Jaspers lone win came over Hartford in their second match of the season. Freshman Diane Strutner leads Manhattan averaging 4.75 kpg while hitting .232 from the outside hitter spot. Head coach Ray Green is in his fourth season at Manhattan and sports a 37-65 record. Oregon State comes into the weekend's action with a 3-3 record but the Beavers have dropped their last two matches. OSU opened the season 3-1 with wins over Colorado State and #10 Hawai'i before falling to #21 Oklahoma and Middle Tennessee at the Idaho Classic last weekend. Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Rourke averages a team-high 4.38 kpg while setter K.C. Walsh averages 9.82 apg. Head coach Taras Liskeyvich is in his third season (12th overall) and sports a 17-40 school record (284-125 overall). Northridge's third opponent, Sacramento State is 6-2 and has won three straight. The Hornets are led by St. Mary's transfer Missie Stidham who averages 4.42 kpg. Head coach Debby Colberg (805-286) is in 32nd and final season with the Hornets.

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