Sept. 17, 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Freshman Mahina Haina pounded a match-high 14 kills to lead Cal State Northridge to its first three-set sweep of the 2010 season, 25-11, 25-17, 25-18 over UNLV in the opening match of the UNLV Classic at Cox Pavilion.
The Matadors (4-7) improve to 3-1 all-time against the Rebels and snap a mini two-match losing streak in the process. Northridge hit a season-high .389 (43-8-90) which eclipsed the .359 the Matadors hit in defeating UTSA on Sept. 4. The host Rebels (3-7) didn't help themselves committing 18 hitting errors and hitting just .091.
"We played really well tonight," said head coach Jeff Stork. "Overall it was a quality win, we sided out at 72% which is a very good number."
Haina's 14 kills is a career-high and the freshman from Honolulu, Hawai'i hit an impressive .565 with just one error in 23 swings. Junior setter Sam Orlandini had another solid all-around match with 21 assists, seven digs, two aces and five kills. Freshman Natalie Allen added nine kills (.231) and had three of Northridge's nine aces in the match.
"Mahina was really good tonight," said Stork. "Those are the kind of numbers you want your outside hitters hitting. Sam set real well and was really good with speed and distribution and the speed of the attack."
The two teams traded sideouts until the score was tied 4-4 in the opening set. The Matadors however took charge from that point on as a 6-0 run, highlighted by three straight aces by Allen, opened up a 10-4 cushion. A UNLV hitting error gave CSUN its largest lead of the set at 21-9 and the Matadors won going away 25-11.
The Matadors trailed very briefly, 2-1, in set two before a Nicole Jarvis kill and a Haina kill put CSUN back in front to stay. A 6-2 Matador run boosted an 11-8 CSUN lead to 17-10 and Northridge was not threatened the rest of the set.
The third and final set was close until the Matadors tallied five straight points to break open a slim 11-10 lead. Puneet Pataria's kill put Northridge out in front 21-12 and Megan Kirkpatrick's first collegiate kill ended the match.
Cal State Northridge plays two matches on Saturday as the Matadors take on Xavier at 10 a.m. and San Jose State at 4:30 p.m. Xavier knocked off San Jose State on Friday to improve to 6-4 on the season.
"We'll have to be on our A-game tomorrow against both Xavier and San Jose State," said Stork.
- GO MATADORS -