Feb. 19, 2011
LA JOLLA, Calif. - After a disappointing road loss at No. 8 UC Irvine on Friday, Cal State Northridge bounced back to knock off 12th-ranked UC San Diego in four sets (18-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23) Saturday at RIMAC Arena.
The Matadors (4-10, 3-6 MPSF) kept their longest current win streak over an opponent intact with their 38th consecutive victory over the Tritons, who dropped to 6-10 overall and 3-7 in conference play.
Senior Tanner Nua also bounced back from a sub-par outing at UC Irvine by matching his season-high with 13 kills at UCSD. The opposite hit just .171 in a season-high 41 swings but did add two aces, four digs and four blocks. Freshman Greg Faulkner continued his consistent play of late with 11 kills (.353) and six blocks (two solo) while fellow freshman Brandon Lebrock had his best match in nearly a month with 11 kills and a season-best eight digs while hitting .304 in 23 attacks.
"We battled tonight and we passed better which gave us better opportunities," said Matador head coach Jeff Campbell. "We did have some stuff blocks and forced them into some hitting errors, we ran our system a lot more than they were able to."
Junior setter Matt Stork posted CSUN's first double-double of the season with 42 assists and a season-high 10 digs which gives him six double-doubles in his career. Stork also added a season-high seven blocks (two solo). Drew Staker also added seven blocks (one solo) as the Matadors had a season-high 16.5 team blocks to 12.5 for UCSD. Senior Kaleo Baxter came on for starter Charlie Condron at libero and dug a career-high 13 Triton attacks.
"Matt is really blossoming into a good all-around player," said Campbell. "He has really played well over the last couple of matches."
Although CSUN improved to 3-7 on the road, the Matador offense is still not firing on all cylinders as they hit just .171 (46-25-123) on Saturday after hitting .200 against UC Irvine on Friday. Northridge hit a team-high .389 in taking the third set 25-19 and forced UCSD into 29 hitting errors as the Tritons managed a .116 (43-29-121) hitting clip.
Carl Eberts led UCSD with 13 kills (.267) while setter Phil Bannan also notched a double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs in the loss.
Cal State Northridge returns home next Wednesday, Feb. 23 as the Matadors host top-ranked USC in The Matadome at 7 p.m.
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