CSUN's Unblemished Homestand Continues vs. Stanford and Pacific

MATCH #11 (MPSF #9):

No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (8-4, 5-4 MPSF) at No. 8 Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-4, 4-4 MPSF) 

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. PT
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, Calif.
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: GoMatadors.com
Audio: GoMatadors.com (Mark Schuermann - PBP)
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors

MATCH #12 (MPSF #10):

No. 11 Pacific Tigers (5-4, 3-4 MPSF) at No. 8 Cal State Northridge Matadors (6-4, 4-4 MPSF)

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. PT
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, Calif.
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: GoMatadors.com
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors

Weekly Match Notes  


Cal State Northridge (6-4, 4-4 MPSF) hits the midpoint of its season-long, five-match homestand this week as the eighth-ranked Matadors host No. 3 Stanford (8-4, 5-4 MPSF) and No. 11 Pacific (5-4, 3-4 MPSF) in MPSF matches. Northridge claimed the first two matches of the homestand in upset fashion as the Matadors knocked off No. 8 USC and No. 5 Pepperdine last week.


Follow Cal State Matador volleyball online at the official online home of Cal State Northridge athletics, www.GoMatadors.com. Select matches, including Friday's match vs. Stanford, will feature live radio with Mark Scheurmann handling the play-by-play. Fans can also follow the Matadors at Twitter.com/gomatadors and YouTube.com/northridgeathletics. Fans can view and print the Matadors 2013 Record Book online at GoMatadors.com. The guide features statistics and a complete men's volleyball history. Selected Cal State Northridge matches will be streamed live at GoMatadors.com.


After posting upset victories over No. 8 USC and No. 5 Pepperdine, Cal State Northridge jumped two spots to a season-best eighth in this week's AVCA Top-15 poll. The Matadors, who had been ranked as high as ninth this season, received a season-high 139 points this week. Cal State Northridge has now been ranked in 178 of the last 190 weekly polls dating back to the 2002 season. The last time the Matadors were unranked was a period of 12 weeks (Feb. 7-May 2) during the 2011 season. BYU (8-2) and UC Irvine (10-3) share the top-ranked spot for the second consecutive week as each team earned 246 points. The Cougars and Anteaters each picked up eight first-place votes. Stanford (8-4) moved into third this week followed Long Beach State (9-4) and Pepperdine (5-4). UCLA (8-5) and Ohio State (8-2) share sixth this week followed by the Matadors (6-4), Penn State (9-2) and USC (2-5). This week's top-15 is filled out by Cal Baptist (6-5), Pacific (5-4), Hawaii (4-7), Lewis (8-5) and UC Santa Barbara (5-8) ... CSUN moved back into the top-10 in Volleyball Magazine Division I-II Poll this week as the Matadors were ranked a season-best eighth with 30 points. Northridge was ninth for three of the past four weeks but was unranked last week.


Third-ranked Stanford (8-4, 5-4 MPSF) snapped a two-match skid in its last outing, defeating UC San Diego 3-0. The Cardinal, 7-1 at home, are just 1-3 on the road and split their last conference road trip to Hawaii. Stanford is led by junior outside hitter Brian Cook who averages a team-high 4.11 kills per game which ranks fourth in the MPSF. Junior Steven Irvin adds 3.23 kpg while the Cardinal are hitting .297 as a team, fifth-best in the conference. Friday's match is the 63rd meeting all-time between CSUN and Stanford with the Cardinal holding a 37-25 lead in the series. Stanford has won five straight and six of the last 10 between the two teams ... 11th-ranked Pacific (5-4, 3-4 MPSF) travels to Long Beach State on Friday before venturing to The Matadome on Saturday. The Tigers have won two of their last three and four of their last six matches. Pacific fell in straight sets to No. 1 UC Irvine in its last match as Adam Troy had a team-high nine kills. For the season, senior Taylor Hughes leads the Tigers    averaging 3.85 kpg which is eighth-best in the MPSF. As a team, Pacific is hitting .206 which is last among the conference's 13 teams. The Matadors lead 23-10 in the all-time series with Pacific which dates back to 1993. The two teams have split the last four matches but prior to that CSUN won seven straight.


After a record-setting week, Cal State Northridge senior opposite John Baker was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Molten Player of the Week on Monday.Baker paced the then 10th-ranked Matadors to a pair of upset wins last week as CSUN defeated No. 8 USC in four sets before topping fifth-ranked Pepperdine in five. Baker, a senior who hails from Racine, Wis., established a career-high with 22 kills against the Trojans then came back with another career-best with 24 in the upset of the Waves. He committed just three hitting errors against USC to hit a match-high .543 and also matched his career-high by serving three of the Matadors' six aces. Baker then took a career-best 52 swings against Pepperdine, hitting .327 while adding two of the Matadors' three aces and four blocks. For the week, Baker averaged 5.11 kills and 6.00 points per set while hitting .414 in 87 attacks. The honor was the first by a Matador player since Julius Hoefer earned the award on Mar. 26, 2012. Cal State Northridge has now received the weekly honor 18 times over the last 10 seasons.


So far in 2013, the Matadors have made The Matadome an un-welcome place for opposing teams. With victories over USC and Pepperdine last week, CSUN has won five of six matches at home with the lone loss coming to No. 3 UC Irvine on Jan. 23. Since the 2004 season, the Matadors are now 97-38 (.719) on their home floor and 277-177 (.610) in 36 seasons overall.


Senior Drew Staker matched his career-high with 10 blocks against Pepperdine. The team leader at 1.24 blocks per game, Staker also had 10 blocks in back-to-back matches against Pacific and Stanford in 2012 ... Baker's 24 kills is the most by a Matador hitter since Julius Hoefer had 26 at Pacific last April 6 ... Wednesday's win over USC also gave Matador head coach Jeff Campbell the 150th MPSF win of the coaching career. Campbell then picked up his 151st conference win against Pepperdine on Friday. The win over USC also gave Campbell his 22nd win over the Trojans, the third-best win total against one team. Campbell has 28 career wins over UC San Diego and 23 over UC Santa Barbara ... The Matadors now have two players averaging at least 3.00 kills per game in Brandon Lebrock (3.08) and Baker (3.08) ... Among CSUN's four losses are setbacks to teams ranked No. 1 (BYU), No. 3 (UCI), No. 5 (UCLA) ... The announced attendance of 962 against Pepperdine was the biggest since the 2012 home finale against USC (985). The Matadors have had at least 900 in attendance eight times since the 2010 season ... Wednesday's 3-1 win over USC was CSUN's first four-set win this season as well as the first for the Matadors when losing the first set ... New Zealand import Leni Ma'ia'i made his Cal State Northridge debut against USC. 


Having become Cal State Northridge men's volleyball's all-time winningest coach during the 2010 season, Jeff Campbell picked up the latest milestone win of his 16-year Matador career in Northridge's 3-0 win at UC San Diego on Feb. 24, 2012. The victory gave the Matador boss his 225th career victory. Campbell, who now has a career record of 238-211 (.530), reached the 150 and 200 career wins over the last four seasons and now sets his sights on his 250th career win. Currently, the third-longest tenured head coach at Cal State Northridge (men's golf coach Jim Bracken is in his 27th season & men's basketball head coach Bobby Braswell is in his 17th season) Campbell has posted double figure win totals in 14 of his 16 seasons on the bench and notched a career-best 24 wins in 2009.


Following matches against Stanford and Pacific, the Matadors will have almost a full week off before hosting Long Beach State in the finale of the homestand on Feb. 22. Following the Long Beach State match, Northridge will play nine of its final 13 regular season matches on the road.