Nov. 23, 2010
Senior Lynda Morales and freshman Natalie Allen were each named honorable mention on the 2010 Big West Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team announced Nov. 23. In addition, Allen was named to the seven-player All-Freshman Team.
"I'm happy that both Natalie and Lynda made all-conference," said Matador head coach Jeff Stork. "It's an indication of what the other coaches thought of our players so this was a confirmation of the season that each of them had. We play in a very difficult conference so this is a tribute to them and their work ethic."
Morales, a senior from Fallbrook, Calif., has been in the Matador volleyball program for five seasons. She wrapped up her career as the Northridge career leader in total blocks as well as block assists. Morales also ranks fourth in career sets played with 440. She led the team in blocks this season with 135 total stuffs, including 11 solo which ranked third in the Big West. Morales was also second on the team in kills with 211 and also added 14 aces.
"Lynda had an outstanding season," said Stork. "She is one of more dominant blockers that we have in this conference and that shows in the stats."
Allen, a freshman from Murrieta, Calif., led the Matadors in kills with 363 which is the most by a Northridge freshman since Laura Walter had 404 in the pre-rally scoring era in 1998. She also became the first Matador hitter to average over 3.00 kills per set since Darla Donaldson averaged 3.14 kps in 2006. Allen also ranked third on the team in both digs (254) and aces (23) and added 67 total blocks. She finished the season with a team-high 10 double-doubles.
"Natalie is a very special player who does so many things for this program," said Stork. "Her impact on this team is tremendous. She set a school rally scoring record for kills in a season and did that as a primary passer and as a right-side blocker stopping the more dominant left-side attackers."
Allen also joins teammates Britney Graff (2009) and Sam Orlandini (2008) as Big West All-Freshman selections. The Matadors have had a first-year player named the Big West All-Freshman Team in each of the last seven seasons.
Cal State Fullerton's Erin Saddler was named Big West Player of the Year, Cal Poly's Kristina Graven was named Big West Freshman of the Year and Cal State's Fullerton Carolyn Zimmerman was named Big West Coach of the Year.
Cal State Northridge concluded the 2010 season with a record of 13-19 and the Matadors finished seventh in the Big West at 5-11.
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