LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Senior All-American Casey Hinger pounded a match-high 16 kills to propel the CSUN Matadors to a straight-set (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Western Kentucky Saturday in match two of the UNLV Invitational at Cox Pavilion.
The Matadors (2-0) won their second in as many days and will face the host UNLV Rebels later this evening after topping the hosts in four on Friday.
Hinger, who had 13 kills but hit just .105 on 38 swings against UNLV on Friday, erupted for a match-high 16 kills while hitting .464 against the Lady Toppers. The senior also had 10 digs for her sixth career double-double and also had three of the Matadors' four aces.
CSUN, which hit .236 as a team Friday, improved to .271 in Saturday's win and also cut down on its service errors.
"We felt we had a good matchup with a solid Western Kentucky team," said Matador head coach Jeff Stork. "Our offensive schemes matched up very well with their defenseive schemes and our passing held up well again today."
Junior Cieana Stinson also reached double figures with 11 kills (.391) while junior setter Steffi Miller also posted a double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs. Middle Sam Kaul also had a monster match with eight kills in 10 swings to hit .700.
After dropping the opening set against the Rebels on Friday morning, CSUN has won six consecutive sets as they prepare for UNLV in a few hours.
"We didn't play particularly well against UNLV yesterday but now that we've seen them play there's enough there to determine what they want to do," added Stork. "But we'll have to execute and play well again."
The Matadors and Rebels will play at 6:30 p.m.
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