24th-Ranked Cal Poly Knocks Off Matadors in Four Games
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Freshman Brittany Williams knocked down a team-high 17 kills and sophomore Angela Hupp added 13 but despite winning the opening game, Cal State Northridge fell to No. 24 Cal Poly 30-19, 26-30, 27-30, 23-30 on Friday in The Matadome.
With the win, the Mustangs improve to 13-7 overall and 7-1 in the Big West. The loss drops the Matadors to 7-14 overall and 4-5 in conference play.
Williams' 17 kills and Hupp's .375 hitting clip led Northridge which out-hit Cal Poly in the match .223 (67-28-275) to .206 (58-36-160). Hupp also added 24 assists and 13 digs for her Big West-leading third triple-double of the season. Williams also hit well as the freshman posted a .302 hitting clip. Val Kepler (.238) and Alex Johnson (.133) each added nine kills for the Matadors while libero Amy Hultner tallied a match-high 19 digs.
Kylie Atherstone led Cal Poly with a match-high 23 kills (.273) while Jaclyn Houston added 12 kills while hitting .348. Ali Waller (.171) and Gaby Rivera (.133) also notched double figures in kills with 10 apiece. Mustang setter Chelsea Hayes posted a double-double with 48 assists and 10 digs and libero Kristin Jackson had a team-high 18 digs in the win.
Northridge took control of game one from the outset. The Matadors trailed briefly 1-0 and 2-1 before opening up a four-point lead (7-3) on a Kelley Hanson ace. Northridge never trailed again as the Matadors opened up a 19-12 lead on a Hupp kill. A Rivera hitting error gave Northridge game point at 29-19 and the Matadors cashed in an Atherstone hitting error to take game one 30-19.
With momentum on their side, the Matadors battled in game two holding a slim 12-10 lead after another Hupp kill. But Cal Poly rattled off three straight points to take the lead for good on a Rivera kill. Northridge managed to tie the score twice more, the last at 14-14 before the Mustangs opened up their biggest lead (21-17) following an Atherstone put-away. The Matadors got within two down the stretch but could not close the gap any further and the match was knotted at 1-1.
Game three was uncomfortably similar to game two for the Matadors. After a Hupp kill gave Northridge an 11-10 lead, Cal Poly got an Atherstone kill followed by a pair of Atherstone aces along with a triple block to take a 14-11 lead forcing a Matador timeout. After the timeout, Atherstone served another ace and a Rivera kill gave the Mustangs a 16-11 cushion. The lead grew to as many as nine points (22-13) and the Matadors clawed back to within two at 29-27 but a Hanson service error gave Cal Poly game three 30-27.
In game four, the Matadors scored the first point but would not lead again. With Cal Poly on top 13-9, a 5-2 Mustang run opened up an insurmountable 18-11 lead and Cal Poly cruised home 30-23.
Cal State Northridge wraps up its brief two-match homestand on Saturday against the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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