The Week Ahead ...
The Week Ahead ...
Preparing for finals takes center stage on what's what's happening on the Cal State Northridge campus ... Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, offers his weekly insights on the accomplishments of the teams, coaches, and student-athletes who compete for Cal State Northridge ... The weekly report includes upcoming key games, and a report on what other activities are happening in the Matador Athletic Department ... For more information on Matador Athletics, go to www.gomatadors.com
Matador Minute ...
Time to put away the basketball for now because it's time to really hit the books ... Cal State Northridge student-athletes are taking a break from the rigors of intercollegiate competiiton to prepare for something more important, FINALS!!! ... The women's basketball team will be back in action on Dec. 19 when the Matadors host Cal State Bakersfield (7:00 p.m.) ... The following night, the Matador men's team hosts Vanguard in a 7:05 p.m. tipoff ... Following the Dec. 5th men's basketball game against Utah Valley State, Matador fans were allowed to get autographs with their favorite CSUN players ... The event was so successful that another autograph session will be held following an upcoming men's game ... Stay tuned for the specific date ... A couple weeks ago, Matador head women's volleyball coach Jeff Stork made his prediction on which teams would make the Final Four which takes place this week (Dec. 13-15) at Arco Arena in Sacramento ... Stork batted .250 on his predictions ... Stork had predicted that top-seeded Stanford, #2 Nebraska, #4 Texas and #6 Washington would make the Final Four ... Stanford was a correct pick, but Nebraska, considered a strong favorite to win a second straight NCAA title, was upset in a regional final against tenth-seeded California ... Texas fell to fifth-seeded USC in another regional final while Washington fell earlier in the tournament ... How strong is women's volleyball in the West? ... Three Pac-10 teams (Stanford, USC and California) are playing in the Final Four along with third-seeded Penn State.
Travel Tale ...
Murphy's Law definitely applied to last weekend's road trip for the Matador's men's basketball team on its trip to play Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. ... Only minutes after the team left campus last Friday morning, the bus broke down leaving the team stranded on Reseda and Lassen Street ... With no other bus available and the team's flight only an hour away at the Burbank Airport, head coach Bobby Braswell and his coaching staff devised a quick strategy to get to the airport .... Assistant coach Stan Johnson and Director or Operations Ryan Dodd ran more than a mile back to campus to get their cars, drive back to the bus to unload the team luggage into their cars and then head to the airport ... In the meantime, the other coaches called Enterprise Rent A Car and were able to commandeer a mini van and two SUV's to take the 14-man team, four coaches, a trainer, and a sports information director from Northridge through morning rush hour traffic to the Burbank Airport ... Fortunately, the team just made it to the airport and their flight ... However, the connecting flight from Seattle to Spokane was another story ... The flight was cancelled ... Luckily, a later flight was available and the team finally made it Spokane later in the day.
Wednesday, December 19, 7:00 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs Cal State Bakersfield, The Matadome
Thursday, December 20, 7:05 p.m., Men's Basketball vs Vanguard, 7:05 p.m., The Matadome
Saturday, December 22, 3:00 p.m., Men's Basketball at Washington
Go Matadors !!!