24th-ranked Matadors Host Titans, Highlanders to Wrap Homestand


MATCH #22 (Big West Match #9):

Cal State Fullerton Titans (9-11, 2-6 Big West) at No. 24 Cal State Northridge Matadors (17-4, 7-1 Big West)

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. PDT
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, CA
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
Audio: GoMatadors.com
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors 

MATCH #23 (Big West Match #10):

UC Riverside Highlanders (1-19, 0-8 Big West) at No. 24 Cal State Northridge Matadors (17-4, 7-1 Big West)

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. PDT
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, CA
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
Audio: GoMatadors.com
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors 

Weekly Match Notes  


The 24th-ranked Cal State Northridge (17-4, 7-1 Big West) women's volleyball team concludes its season-long, three-match homestand this week as the Matadors host Cal State Fullerton (9-11, 2-6 Big West) and UC Riverside (1-19, 0-8 Big West) in conference matches. CSUN, winners of seven of its last eight matches, defeated eighth-ranked Hawai'i in its lone match last week and as a result moved into the AVCA Top-25 for the first time since 1992.  


Both matches will feature a live broadcast with Casey Moran and Alex Jones simulcast with a live video stream at BigWest.TV. GoMatadors.com will also have live stats of both matches as well. 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 nearly three hours of volleyball on Thursday night, Cal State Northridge finally got the signature win it was looking for as the Matadors topped eighth-ranked Hawai'i, 30-32, 28-26, 20-25, 25-22, 15-10 in a Big West match at The Matadome. In defeating the Rainbow Wahine for the first time in its history, CSUN improved to 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the Big West Conference. The Matadors also picked up their first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 25 Long Beach State in 2008. Junior Casey Hinger put down a team-high 16 kills (.143) and completed her first career double-double by adding a career-high 11 digs. Hinger also added eight blocks and one ace in a solid all-around match. Cieana Stinson added 15 kills (.258) while Mahina Haina added 12 (.083) and Natalie Allen had 11 (.323). Allen, Britney Graff and libero Kelcie Randazzo combined for 45 of CSUN's 66 digs. Sam Kaul hit a team-high .421 with nine kills in 19 swings with just one error while Gedryn handed out 49 assists to go with seven kills, two aces, five digs and eight blocks.


• After eight consecutive weeks of receiving votes, the Matadors have entered the AVCA Top-25 for the first time since 1992. After taking down eighth-ranked Hawai'i in five sets last week, Cal State Northridge received 135 points and is ranked 24th in the week nine poll of the 2013 season. In week seven, the Matadors earned 43 points, which at the time was CSUN's highest point total of the season. Northridge has now been ranked or has received votes in nine straight AVCA Top-25 polls for the first time in school history.

• The second half of the Big West season gets underway with Thursday's match against Cal State Fullerton. This will be the 39th meeting all-time between the Matadors and Titans with CSUN holding a 27-11 edge in the series. The Matadors won the season's first meeting in straight sets at Titan Gym. Saturday's match with UC Riverside is the 68th meeting between the two schools, the most against any one opponent in Matador history. CSUN has won 48 of the 67 previous meetings which is the most wins by a Matador team over an opponent in school history. CSUN won the earlier meeting in straight sets.


Junior Natalie Allen is on track to become the second Matador in 2013 and 10th player all-time to reach 1,000 career kills. Allen heads into this week's matches with 944 career kills after putting down 11 kills against Hawai'i last week. Earlier this season, senior Mahina Haina became the ninth member of the exclusive group of CSUN hitters and has moved into seventh place on the all-time Cal State Northridge kills list with 1,085. Haina now ranks sixth in school history with 3,056 total attacks. Only five other players in Matador history have eclipsed 3,000 career attacks; Laura Walter (4,246), Missy Clements (3,764), Alexis Cormier (3,474), Angela Hupp (3,244) and Nancy Nicholls (3,110).


Thursday's match marks the beginning of the second half of the Big West season for the Matadors who won seven of eight in the first half. CSUN, 4-0 at home and 3-1 on the road in the first half, will host Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara in the second half while making return trips to UC Irvine, Long Beach State, Hawai'i and UC Davis. The home finale against UCSB on Nov. 16 is shaping up to be another huge match as both the Matadors and Gauchos are 7-1 heading into the second half.


The last time a CSUN women's volleyball was ranked among the top-25 teams in the nation was the final poll of the 1992 season when the 27-7 Matadors were ranked 25th by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. CSUN, in its third year as a Division I Independent, was also ranked 20th in the final Volleyball Monthly Top-20 Poll and advanced to its first NCAA Div. I Tournament where the Matadors lost to USC 16-14, 15-8, 15-10.


There were plenty of standout performances by the Matadors in their first win over a ranked team since 2008's victory over No. 25 Long Beach State. None stood out more than senior Sydney Gedryn and junior Casey Hinger. Gedryn had one of her best all-around performances of a stellar 2013 season by scoring 13.5 points from the setter spot. She had seven kills while hitting .385 to go with two aces, five digs and matched Hinger with eight blocks. Hinger, playing in all rotations, notched the first double-double of her collegiate career with 16 kills and 11 digs to go with eight blocks.


Help the Matadors pack The Matadome on Thursday as CSUN Athletics will host the Matador Halloween costume party. Fans are encouraged to dress to thrill in their best Halloween attire. There will be games, prizes and candy for kids. There will be a costume contest during the game judged by members of the Matador Athletics staff. Prizes will be awarded for best team or group costume (CSUN Students only), Best Adult costume ($50 in gift cards), Best 12-under Youth costume ($25 in gift cards).  The costume contest will be hosted by CSUN's Coordinator of Residential Student Success and Leadership, Franklin Ellis. DJ Malski will be on the mic and spinning the latest Halloween tunes. 


Cal State Northridge is closing in on 750 wins in its history. The Matadors' 3-2 win over Hawai'i gave the program a 749-487 (.606) record since 1975 ... Junior middle Sam Kaul is hitting a season career-high .314 through 19 matches this season. Kaul, who hit .421 on 19 swings against Hawai'i, is hitting a robust .383 over her last three matches and has committed just 26 hitting errors in 242 attacks this season. She had a total of 35 errors in 265 attacks during her freshman season in 2011 ... In improving to 7-1 in five-set matches, the Matadors set a pair of five-set season-highs against the Rainbow Wahine. CSUN had 66 digs and 16.0 team blocks in the win ... It hasn't been T.G.I.F. for the Matadors in 2013 as all four of their losses this season have come on Fridays. CSUN is so far undefeated on Tuesday (1-0), Thursday (3-0) and Saturday (9-0).


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