Long Beach State Tops Cal State Northridge 30-24, 30-27, 30-28
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Freshman Brittany Williams knocked down a team-high nine kills, but Cal State Northridge could not overcome Long Beach State as the visiting 49ers defeated the Matadors 30-24, 30-27, 30-28 on Saturday in The Matadome.
With the win, Long Beach State claims its fifth straight win to improve to 18-6 overall and 11-2 in the Big West. The loss drops Northridge to 10-16 overall and 6-7 in conference play.
The Matadors struggled on offense as Williams' team-high nine kills would attest. Northridge's hitting percentage dropped in each game and the Matadors ultimately hit .057 (13-10-53) in game three and .141 (43-22-149) for the match.
In addition to Williams, junior Jenn Probert added eight kills (.333) before going down late in game three with an injury and Lynda Morales (.267) and Val Kepler (.235) each chipped in seven kills. Harmony Burdine had just one kill in 17 swings but did notch 15 digs in the loss. Matador libero Amy Hultner posted a team-high 18 digs and setter Kayla Wright had 17 assists, four digs and a pair of aces.
For the 49ers, Alexis Crimes recorded a match-high 21 kills while hitting .636. Nicole Moore also finished in double figures with 10 kills (.286).
After Long Beach held the lead for the first 22 points of game one, the Matadors engineered a 6-1 run to take a 17-12 lead. Northridge held the lead until 21-20 when a Michaela Hasalikova-Ashley Lee block on Angela Hupp and a Crimes service ace gave the 49ers a 22-21 edge. The Matadors closed to within one at 23-22 and 24-23 but a late 4-0 Long Beach run salted the game away 30-24.
Northridge led briefly in game two but kept the game close until the 49ers scored six straight points after the score was tied 15-15. Hasalikova had her hand in a pair of blocks during the run. The Matadors whittled the lead down to three (21-18) but Long Beach answered with three straight points to boost the lead back to 24-18. Northridge could not get within three the rest of way ultimately falling 30-27.
The Matadors seemed to have game three in hand as they opened up their largest lead at 24-16 following a Sarah Hudson hitting error. Northridge also led by four at 28-24 following a Williams-Morales block before the 49ers rallied to score the final six points and steal game three 30-28.
Cal State Northridge continues its four-match homestand next week as the Matadors host Pacific and UC Davis.
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