April 1, 2011
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Matt Stork pounded a team-high 20 kills but ninth-ranked Hawai'i rebounded after dropping the opening set to claim the final three sets in a 19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 MPSF win Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Stork led the Matadors (6-19, 4-14 MPSF) with 20 kills (.368) but could not prevent CSUN from dropping its fourth straight match. Senior Tanner Nua also had a solid match as he put down 14 kills while hitting .444 in 27 swings. Drew Staker also reached double figures with 10 kills (.421) and three blocks.
The Matadors played even with the Warriors all match long and wound up with 56 kills to 52 for Hawai'i. The Warriors did post a slight .353 to .348 edge in hitting and had 12.5 team blocks to seven for Northridge.
After a pair of Warrior miscus, consecutive kills from Faulkner and Nua gave CSUN an early 4-1 lead. The Matador lead was at least two until Stork's kill gave the Matadors a 15-11 cushion. The Northridge lead swelled to five (19-14) and ultimately as many as six (23-17) following a Jonas Umlauft hitting error. Nua's kill put the Matadors in front 24-18 before Hawai'i saved one set point when Lebrock's attack was stuffed. But Northridge cashed on the ensuing point when Faulkner's kill gave the Matadors the 25-19 win.
After hitting an impressive .636 in set one, CSUN's hitting dropped to .231 in set two. An Umlauft hitting error put the Matadors in front 7-4 before Hawai'i battled back to take its first lead at 12-11. Another Stork kill evened the score at 12-12 but CSUN soon found itself down by as many as four at 19-15. The Matadors closed to within 24-21 late before an Umlauft kill evened the match at one set apiece.
CSUN dropped the third set 25-21 as the Matadors hit .216. Northridge then rebounded to hit .407 but also dropped set four by the same 25-21 score.
Umlauft led Hawai'i with a match-high 28 kills (.488) while Joshua Walker added 14 (.393).
The two teams wrap up the two-match set on Saturday at 7 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -