Matadors Open Home Schedule Tuesday, Then Off to Seattle This Weekend


MATCH #10:

Seattle Redhawks (2-10) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-2)

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. PDT
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, CA
Live Stats:
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors
Promotions: Red Rally Night 


MATCH #11:

Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-2) vs. Coppin State Eagles (3-8)

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 - 2:00 p.m. PDT
Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) - Seattle, WA
Live Stats:
Streaming Video: none
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors

MATCH #12:

Coppin State Eagles (3-8) vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-2)

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 - 2:00 p.m. PDT
Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) - Seattle, WA
Live Stats:
Streaming Video: none
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors

MATCH #13:

Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-2) at No. 3 Washington Huskies (6-0)

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. PDT
Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) - Seattle, WA
Live Stats:
Streaming Video:
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors

Weekly Match Notes  

Cal State Northridge (7-2) gets a brief break in the rigors of early season travel as the Matadors host Seattle University in their 2013 home opener Tuesday at 7 p.m. Following Tuesday's match with the Redhawks its quickly back on the road for CSUN as the Matadors head to the Northwest to take on Coppin State and third-ranked Washington in Seattle. In a modified tournament schedule, Northridge takes on Coppin State Thursday and Friday (both matches at 2 p.m.) before taking on the host Huskies Friday at 7 p.m.    


Tuesday's match against Seattle will feature live stats and will be the first broadcast of the season on BigWest.TV. This weekend, all three matches will have live stats at Friday's match will also be streamed live. All Matador home matches and conference road matches will be featured as part of the Big West live streaming package. BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West's ten member institutions. Now in it's ninth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women's volleyball.

After winning tournament championships at Fresno State and Northern Arizona, CSUN ran into a bit of a speed-bump last weekend in Denver. The Matadors were swept for the first time this season against No. 24 Creighton as CSUN hit a season-low .195. The Matadors then stretched No. 11 UCLA to five before falling 15-12 in the fifth set. CSUN however, bounced back with a 25-18, 21-25, 28-26, 25-23 victory over the host Pioneers. All-Tournament selection Natalie Allen led four Matador hitters in double figures with 13 kills as CSUN finished the tournament at 1-2. Allen added 12 digs for her team-leading sixth double-double this season.


• The Matadors bring an all-time record of 16-19 (.457) in home openers into Tuesday's match against Seattle. CSUN defeated Idaho (3-1) in last season's home opener which snapped a string of eight consecutive home-opening losses for the Matadors. Over the last nine seasons, Northridge has opened the home schedule against such heavyweights as UCLA (2008, 2010), USC (2011), Oregon (2006) and Arizona State (2005) amongst others. The Matadors improved to 20-16 (.556) in season openers with their Aug. 30 victory over Santa Clara.

• This weekend's modified tournament in Seattle marks the final pre-conference tuneups for the Matadors. CSUN will take on Coppin State, out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, both Thursday and Friday. Thursday's match will be the first-ever meeting between the Matadors and Eagles. Northridge and the host Huskies have met just once when Washington swept the Matadors 30-20, 30-17, 30-15 in 2007 in Seattle.

• The Matadors are one of four Big West teams that have yet to play a home match. UC Irvine will also play at home for the first time this week while Cal Poly and UC Riverside will both play their home openers when conference play begins next week. Conversely, Hawai'i has played all nine matches this season at home.

Despite losses to 24th-ranked Creighton and 11th-ranked UCLA last weekend, Cal State Northridge received four points (ranked 34th) in this week's AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll. Last week, the Matadors earned a season-high 14 points which at the time was their highest point total since 1992. CSUN, which has now received votes in three consecutive polls for the first time, was also listed in the others receiving votes section in the week one poll in 2012. Prior to 2012, the last time a Northridge team earned recognition in the national poll was 2003 when the Matadors earned four points in the Oct. 17 poll and five points in the Nov. 17 poll. The last time a CSUN women's volleyball team cracked the top-25 was the final poll of the 1992 season when the 27-8 Matadors finished ranked 25th.

For the first time in three tournaments, CSUN had just one player named to the all-tournament team. Junior opposite Natalie Allen, who had a team-high 13 kills in the win over Denver, added to her lengthy list of accolades this season. In addition to being named MVP at each of the first two tournaments (Fresno State, Northern Arizona), she was also named Big West Player of the Week on Sept. 9 after averaging 3.64 kills, 3.36 digs and 0.93 blocks while swinging at a .342 (51-13-111) clip in Flagstaff.

Several Matadors are inching their way up the all-time CSUN Rally Scoring Era lists. Senior Mahina Haina had 31 kills in three matches last weekend which  moved her within 38 kills of 1,000 for her career. Only eight players in the 38 years of Matador women's volleyball have reached 1,000 career kills, the last being Angela Hupp (1,122) in 2009. Haina currently ranks fourth in rally scoring history and 10th in all eras. With 2,740 career assists, fellow senior Sydney Gedryn has moved into third in rally scoring and fourth all-time while also ranking in the top-10 in career blocks. Britney Graff appears in the top-10 in sets played while Natalie Allen, Casey Hinger and Sam Kaul appear in kills, blocks and hitting percentage respectively.

By opening the season with six consecutive wins, the Matadors engineered their longest win streak to open a season since 1997. The record to open the season still stands at 12 which was accomplished by the 1980 CSUN squad. Six wins in a row is also the longest for a Matador team in seven years. CSUN also won six straight matches from Sept. 15-30, 2006.  

The Matadors have utilized just two different starting lineups this season. Casey Hinger, Sam Kaul, Sydney Gedryn, Natalie Allen and Kelcie Randazzo have been fixtures in the starting lineup while Cieana Stinson and Brooke Dawson have started seven times depending on the rotation with Mahina Haina and Britney Graff filling out the lineup twice ... Third-ranked Washington will be the third ranked team encountered by CSUN over its last four matches. The Huskies are also the highest ranked team the Matadors have played since 2004 when CSUN hosted No. 3 UCLA on Sept. 1.

Following three matches in Seattle this weekend, the Matadors return to The Matadome to host UC Davis in their Big West opener Saturday, Sept. 28.


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