Hupp Carries Northridge to Season-Ending Victory over Idaho

Hupp Carries Northridge to Season-Ending Victory over Idaho

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Sophomore Angela Hupp knocked down a team-high 16 kills and added six digs and a pair of blocks as Cal State Northridge wrapped up the 2007 season with a 30-25, 30-26, 30-19 win over Idaho in the finale of the Fremont Investment & Loan Invitational at The Matadome.

With the win, the Matadors finish the season at 13-18 and on a season-high three-match winning streak. The Vandals wrap up their season at 13-17.

Hupp, who hit .294 in the match, acoounted for a team-high 17 points for the Matadors. Lynda Morales also had a strong offensive match as she tallied nine kills while hitting .615 to go with three blocks (one solo). Freshmen Brittany Williams (.143) and Alex Johnson (.250) each added eight kills while Johnson chipped in 10 digs. Northridge setter Kayla Wright registered 37 assists, eight digs, three aces and three kills to complete a solid all-around match.

For Idaho, Hayley Larsen pounded a match-high 18 kills while hitting .327. She was the only Vandal hitter to reach double figures in kills as Sarah Loney was held to seven kills while hitting just .091. Setter Kelsey James notched a double-double with 32 assists and 10 digs in the loss.

Northridge out-hit Idaho .281 (51-15-128) to .175 (40-19-1200 and had six aces to two for the Vandals. Idaho did hold slight edge in team blocks at 9.0 to 8.5 for the Matadors.

Northridge took control early in game one leading from start to finish. The Matadors broke open a tight 6-5 affair with a 4-0 run mainly on Vandal hitting errors. The Northridge lead was at least three until a James kill pulled Idaho within 22-20. But a Val Kepler kill followed by a Loney hitting error put the Matadors back on top by four at 24-20. The Vandals closed to within three points three times down the stretch but could get no closer as Northridge took game one 30-25.

Idaho led early in game two before the Matadors used a Kelley Hanson kill followed by a setting error on James to take an 8-6 lead. The Vandals battled back to tie the score at 9-9 but Northridge scored seven of the next 10 points to take a 16-12 lead. Again, Idaho pulled wihin two (18-16) following a Loney-Debbie Pederson block but a 4-0 Matador run ensued and Northridge had a comfortable 22-16 lead. The Matadors equaled that six-point lead at 27-21 before a Hupp kill on game point gave Northridge game two, 30-26.

The Matadors jumped out to a 7-2 lead in game three and never looked back. The Vandals closed to within three at 14-11 but Northridge rattled off six of the next seven points, highlighted by back-to-back kills from Hupp, to take a commanding 20-12 lead. Idaho would not threaten the rest of the game as the Matadors cruised home 30-19.

Earlier on Saturday, Cal State Fullerton defeated Fairfield 30-22, 30-23, 30-28 behind 20 kills from Brittany Moore.

Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton both finished the tournament at 2-0, while Idaho and Fairfield finished 0-2.