NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge dropped the second of a two-match weekend series with No. 11 Hawai'i as the visiting Rainbow Warriors swept the 13th-ranked Matadors 25-22, 25-19, 25-21 Saturday afternoon in The Matadome.
CSUN, which dropped to 3-6 overall and 3-5 in the MPSF, was led by Andrew Freiha's career-high 12 kills as the freshman hit .455 on a match-high 22 attacks. Junior Greg Faulkner added eight kills (.286) and a pair of blocks but the Matadors struggled on offense for the second straight match, hitting .193 (36-20-83) as a team.
Chance Earnest came off the bench to add four kills (.286) to go with six digs and the junior had one of the Matadors' three aces in the loss.
Hawai'i, which hit .360 as a team in defeating CSUN Friday, hit .338 (34-9-74) on Saturday to take a two-match series by identical 3-0 scores in Northridge for the first time in the series which dates back to 1979.
Sinisa Zarkovic had 10 kills (.300) to lead the Rainbow Warriors who also got seven kills each from Brook Sedore and Taylor Averil. Hawai'i improves to 7-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play.
Cal State Northridge hits the road for its next two matches as the Matadors travel to UC Santa Barbara next Wednesday (Feb. 12) and UCLA next Friday (Feb. 14).
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