Oct. 21, 2010
Cal State Northridge opens the 2010-11 exhibition season this weekend as the Matadors compete at the USC Fall Tournament at the Galen Center Pavilion, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23.
Northridge returns two starters and seven letterwinners from last season's 23-10 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Senior opposite Tanner Nua, junior setter Matt Stork and sophomore outside hitter John Baker are the three most experienced players on the 2011 roster. Stork was an honorable mention All-MPSF selection in 2010 and an All-Freshman pick in 2009. Senior Kaleo Baxter, who redshirted in 2010, looks to step into the libero spot after seeing playing time in 2009.
The Matadors will have to replace senior starters Theo Edwards, Mike Gaudino, Ali'i Keohohou, Kevin McKniff and Jacek Ratajczak. McKniff and Ratajczak were 2010 AVCA first team All-Americans while Gaudino was a 2010 honorable mention All-MPSF selection.
"This weekend's tournament is going to be nice because we get a chance to play some of our new players," said Matador head coach Jeff Campbell. "We lost five starting seniors so we're really lacking in experience right now. This weekend will allow us to see some of the young players and this tournament is great because we get to play five different teams over the course of two days."
The Matadors open with host USC Friday at 2:30 p.m., then will play Pacific at 4:15 p.m. CSUN's three matches on Saturday are against UCSB (9 a.m.), UCLA (12:30 p.m.) and Long Beach State (2:15 p.m.). Matches are best of three sets, with first two sets to 25 points and third set to 15 points. If a match is decided after two sets, teams may elect to play a third set. Admission is free.
USC FALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, October 22
USC vs. Cal State Northridge, 2:30 p.m.
UCLA vs. Long Beach State, 2:30 p.m.
UCSB vs. Long Beach State, 4:15 p.m.
Pacific vs. Cal State Northridge, 4:15 p.m.
UCSB vs. UCLA, 6 p.m.
USC vs. Pacific, 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 23
UCSB vs. Cal State Northridge, 9 a.m.
Pacific vs. Long Beach State, 9 a.m.
USC vs. Long Beach State, 10:45 a.m.
UCLA vs. Pacific, 10:45 a.m.
UCSB vs. USC, 12:30 p.m.
UCLA vs. Cal State Northridge, 12:30 p.m.
UCSB vs. Pacific, 2:15 p.m.
Cal State Northridge vs. Long Beach State, 2:15 p.m.
USC vs. UCLA, 4 p.m.
Cal State Northridge will host its annual Alumni match on Saturday, Nov. 6 before competing at UCLA's Fall Tournament Nov. 19-20.
- GO MATADORS -