Williams Leads Matadors to Three-Game Sweep Over UC Riverside
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Freshman Brittany Williams matched her career-high in kills for the second straight match and Cal State Northridge dispatched UC Riverside 30-20, 30-15 30-26 on Saturday night in The Matadome.
With their first home win, the Matadors snap a mini two-match losing streak and improve to 5-11 overall and even their Big West record at 2-2. The loss drops the Highlanders to 4-10 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
Williams notched a career-high 16 kills in Friday's four-set loss to UC Irvine before matching that total in Saturday's win over UCR. The freshman from Chino Hills committed just three hitting errors in 33 swings to post a .394 hitting clip. She also added four digs, one ace and one block in the win. Junior Val Kepler also reached double figures in kills for Northridge as she knocked down 12 kills while hitting .476.
Fellow junior Kayla Wright also had a nice match as she posted her first double-double of the season (22nd of her career) with 44 assists and 10 digs. Wright also six kills, one ace and one block assist for the Matadors who also got 10 digs and three aces from Amy Hultner.
For UC Riverside, Kelly Fink came off the bench to post a team-high 10 kills (.381) while Angie Mitchell added seven kills (.316) and a team-high four blocks in the loss.
The Matadors dominated from the outset and hit a season-hig .400 (57-13-110) on the night. Northridge did not trail in either of the first two games.
In game one, the Matadors opened their biggest lead at 21-8 following a Williams kill. Northridge also led by 13 points at 22-9 and 23-10 before setting on a 30-20 game one final.
Game two saw the Matadors jump on top 10-4 after UCR's Tonbara Youpeke's attack went long. Northridge then won six of the next nine points to take a 16-7 lead following a Lynda Morales kill. The Matador lead eventually grew to 28-12 and Northridge cruised home 30-15.
The two teams battled in game three as the Highlanders overcame an 18-12 deficit by scoring nine of the next 12 points to knot the score at 21-21. But the Matadors would not give up the lead down the stretch and eventually pulled away on a trio of Williams kills.
Cal State Northridge wraps up its three-match homestand on Tuesday as the Matadors host Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
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