NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Led by a Cal State Northridge blocking corps that was more than three times as effective at the net compared to its opponent, the Matadors extended their current win streak to three matches with an 18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 victory over the visiting UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Saturday night.
Northridge (18-8, 9-5 BWC) out-blocked Santa Barbara (13-14, 6-6 BWC) by a 13-4 margin; Sydney Gedryn posted two of her team's five solo blocks, Casey Hinger led all Matadors with seven block assists.
"We have always been a good blocking team that has consistently been ranked in the top-three in blocks per set since I began coaching here. This year, we have consistently led the conference with our blocks per set average," said Northridge head coach Jeff Stork.
By sweeping its matches this past week, Northridge is now in sole possession of second place heading into its bye week. CSUN will face Loyola Marymount in its final non-conference match of the season before returning to Big West competition at Pacific the following week.
Also responsible for 40 of her team's 51 assists, Gedryn recorded her ninth double-double of the season with her performance against the Gauchos.
As a team, Santa Barbara only hit .127 (52-28-189) against a Northridge squad that posted a .210 (51-16-167) attack percentage.
Nearly a full week will pass before Cal State Northridge takes the floor on Saturday, Nov. 10, to compete against the Loyola Marymount Lions. That match, the last of three straight home contests for the Matadors, will start at 7 p.m.