Matadors Wrap Up Big West Season at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday
This Week's Matador Women's Volleyball Release
MATADOR VOLLEYBALL THIS WEEK:
Match #29: Cal State Northridge at Cal State Fullerton * Thursday, Nov. 15 * Titan Gym * 7:00 p.m.
NORTHRIDGE WRAPS UP BIG WEST CAMPAIGN THURSDAY AT CAL STATE FULLERTON
Cal State Northridge (10-18, 6-9 Big West) wraps up the 2007 Big West season and plays its final road match of the season this Thursday as the Matadors travel to Cal State Fullerton (13-13, 7-7) at 7 p.m. Northridge, 6-11 on the road this season, has won four consecutive matches against the Titans including a 3-2 win in Northridge on Oct. 2. The Matadors are 6-6 all-time against Fullerton in Titan Gym dating back to 1981.
NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET
Selected Northridge matches will webcast live on the official website of Northridge Athletics, www.GoMatadors.com. Thursday's match at Cal State Fullerton will be broadcast with former Winthrop assistant coach Paul Duchesne handling the play-by-play. And for the second straight season, the Big West Conference and CSTV are partnering to bring LIVE Big West Conference volleyball home to you. A monthly subscription of $9.95 or an annual subscription of $79.95 gets you exclusive coverage of Big West women's volleyball delivered right to your computer. If you can't make it to the gym, you can still watch all the action on BigWest.TV!
WEEK IN REVIEW: MATADORS FALL IN FOUR GAMES TO PACIFIC, UC DAVIS
Angela Hupp knocked down a team-high 12 kllls and Brittany Williams added 10 but Cal State Northridge came up short to the visiting Pacific Tigers 30-28, 24-30, 30-19, 31-29 last Friday. In the loss, Hupp notched her team-high ninth double-double by adding 20 assists to her 12 kills. She also came up one dig short of her fifth double-double of the season and was in on five blocks. Williams (.207) added 10 kills and fellow freshman Alex Johnson chipped in nine (.121). On Saturday, Williams led three hitters in double figures with 17 kills but the Matadors dropped a four-set decision (24-30, 30-27, 30-25, 31-29) to the visiting UC Davis Aggies.
MORALES SETS NORTHRIDGE BLOCK RECORD
With 13 block assists in two matches last week, redshirt freshman Lynda Morales set a new Cal State Northridge season milestone. Morales now has 146 block assists in 102 games this season which surpassed Shelly Swalec's previous season record of 136 block assists which stood for 15 years. Morales has been force at the net over the past two months as she has vaulted up to second in the Big West, behind Cal Poly's Jaclyn Houston, in total blocks. Morales has posted the most total blocks of any player in the conference (146.0) but ranks second in blocks per game (1.43) to Houston (1.49). Junior Val Kepler also moved into seventh-place on the season list with 122 block assists and Amy Hultner is currently fifth in season digs with 445 digs. Hultner is just two digs away from fourth place and is 76 digs away from Jessika Hammerich's season record of 521.
JEFF STORK CLOSES IN ON 75 CSUN WINS
Matador head coach Jeff Stork is one win away from his 75th win as the Cal State Northridge boss. Stork picked up career win #74 on Nov. 1 when the Matadors defeated Cal State Bakersfield in four games. The Bakersfield win also gave the Matadors at least 10 wins in a season for the fifth time in Stork's six seasons at the helm.
RALLY SCORING RECORDS CONTINUE TO FALL
The 2007 Matadors continue to rewrite the rally scoring era record books. 24 individual performances this season are among the top 10 rally scoring era (2001-present) including eight over the last two weeks. As a team, Northridge has posted 21 marks among the top 10 including six over the last two weeks. Morales set a new mark for block assists in a three-set match with nine against Long Beach State on Nov. 3 and she also owns the top three spots in block assists in a five-game match.
When junior Jenn Probert went down for the season with an injury against Long Beach State, it made three Matador regulars who have been lost for the season due to injury. Sophomore Siara Grayson played in just 13 games and junior Kristy Nua saw action in just 28 games before being lost for the season. Probert played in 53 games and ranked fifth on the team in blocks with 54 ... The Matadors will host the sixth annual Fremont Investment & Loan Invitational next weekend (Nov. 23-24). Cal State Fullerton, Idaho and Fairfield will make up the remainder of the field.
Head coach Jeff Stork had this to say about dropping the final two home conference matches to Pacific and UC Davis:
"It was disappointing," said Stork. "The downside is that we were in control of two sets in each of those matches and let them get away."
"We're still doing some great things, serving and blocking in particular," Stork added. "Even with the injuries we've had, we've turned into a good defensive team as the season's gone on."
On wrapping up the conference season on the road at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday:
"Cal State Fullerton is a solid team," said Stork. "They've experimented with Brittany Moore as an opposite and an outside hitter, but she's always a weapon for them. We beat them in a tough five-game match earlier this season at home."
On the play of freshmen Brittany Williams and Alex Johnson:
"They've player really well for us this year," said Stork. "Brittany has certainly been our go-to hitter and it will be nice to be able to work with her in the off-season on her all-around game. Alex has been one of our better all-around players and continues to develop and understand what it takes to compete at the collegiate level." n
Seven Matador opponents (the most of any team in the Big West) are named in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll this week. Washington (23-3) is the highest ranked Northridge opponent this week at No. 5. USC (21-4) is ranked eighth this week followed by 10th-ranked UCLA (17-8). San Diego (19-7) is ranked 18th this week followed by 19th-ranked Cal Poly (19-7). Duke (20-6) ranks 24th this week while Big West rival Long Beach State (20-6) also received votes in this week's top 25 poll.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON
The Titans bring a 13-13 overall (7-7 Big West) record into Thursday's match in Fullerton. The Titans have won two straight following a three-match losing streak. Last week, Fullerton won in four games at UC Irvine and also won in four games at UC Riverside. Junior Brittany Moore averages a team-high 4.54 kills per game which ranks third in the Big West. Sophomore Alex Wolnisty is second at 3.05 kpg and senior setter Julie Geissert averages 11.32 assists per game, sixth-best in the conference. Fullerton is hitting .218 as a team while averaging 13.93 kills per game. Head coach Carolyn Zimmerman (Pepperdine, 1992) is in her sixth season with the Titans and sports a 71-102 career and school record. The Matadors defeated the Titans in five games in this season's first meeting in Northridge on Oct. 2.
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