Matadors Open 2013 Season With a Pair of Exhibition Matches

EXHIBITION MATCH #1:

Alberta Golden Bears vs. No. 12 Cal State Northridge Matadors

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 - 3:00 p.m. PST
Galen Center Practice Courts - Los Angeles, Calif.
Live Stats: none
Streaming Video: none
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors

EXHIBITION MATCH #2:

British Columbia-Okanagan Athletics vs. No. 12 Cal State Northridge Matadors

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 - 5:00 p.m. PST
Galen Center - Los Angeles, Calif.
Live Stats: none
Streaming Video: none
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors

Weekly Match Notes (PDF)


FOR STARTERS

Cal State Northridge men's volleyball opens the 2013 season with a pair of exhibition matches against Canadian Universities as part of a 4-team event at USC's Galen Center. The Matadors, ranked 12th in the AVCA Preseason Top-15, will play Alberta on Thursday (3 p.m.) and British Columbia-Okanagan on Friday (5 p.m.) before officially opening the season next Tuesday (Jan. 8) at sixth-ranked UCLA. The host USC Trojans will take on British Columbia-Okanagan on Thursday at 5 p.m. following the Matador-Alberta match. Both of Thursday's matches are in the Galen Center Pavilion (practice courts) while Friday's matches are in the Galen Center arena. All matches on both days are free.

NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET

Follow Cal State Matador volleyball online at the official online home of Cal State Northridge athletics, www.GoMatadors.com. Fans can also follow the Matadors at Twitter.com/gomatadors and YouTube.com/northridgeathletics. Fans can view and print the Matadors 2013 Record Book online at GoMatadors.com. The guide features statistics and a complete men's volleyball history. Selected Cal State Northridge matches will be streamed live at GoMatadors.com.

MATADORS OPEN 12TH IN AVCA PRESEASON TOP-15 POLL

Cal State Northridge opens the 2013 season with the exact same preseason ranking the Matadors opened 2102, 12th. The big difference is this season, Northridge is coming off a 12-18 season which earned the Matadors a berth in the postseason whereas the 2012 CSUN squad was coming off a 7-22 campaign and no postseason. The Matadors earned 59 points in the inaugural AVCA Coaches Top-15 poll (Dec. 28). Northridge has now been ranked in 172 of the last 184 weekly polls dating back to 2002. The Matadors last were unranked for a period of 12 weeks (Feb. 7-May 2) during the 2011 season. UC Irvine was the unanimous top-ranked team in the preseason poll as the Anteaters earned all 16 first-place votes and 240 total points. BYU is second this week followed by Stanford, Pepperdine and Lewis. UCLA is sixth in the preseason followed by Long Beach State, Penn State, USC and Loyola-Chicago. This preseason top-15 is filled out by Ohio State, the Matadors, UC Santa Barbara, George Mason and Cal Baptist.

SCOUTING REPORT

The Alberta Golden Bears are 19-2 as they are in the homestretch of their 2012-13 season. Alberta currently leads the Canada West Universities Athletic Association with a perfect 12-0 record. The Golden Bears will play at UCLA (Jan. 2) and at Pepperdine (Jan. 5) around matches against the Matadors and USC at the Galen Center. British Columbia-Okanagan, currently 2-17, is in its second full season of Canadian Interuniversity Sport competition, the highest level of post-secondary athletics in the country. In its debut last season, the Heat made the Canada West playoffs.

CAMPBELL PICKS UP 225TH CAREER WIN

Having become Cal State Northridge men's volleyball's all-time winningest coach during the 2010 season, Jeff Campbell picked up the latest milestone win of his 16-year Matador career in Northridge's 3-0 win at UC San Diego on Feb. 24, 2012. The victory gave the Matador boss his 225th career victory. Campbell, who now has a career record of 232-207 (.528), reached the 150 and 200 career wins over the last four seasons and now sets his sights on his 250th career win. Currently, the third-longest tenured head coach at Cal State Northridge (men's golf coach Jim Bracken is in his 26th season & men's basketball head coach Bobby Braswell is in his 16th season) Campbell has posted double figure win totals in 14 of his 16 seasons on the bench and notched a career-best 24 wins in 2009.

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