Matadors Sweep Alberta 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 in Exhibition Opener

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cal State Northridge played the first of two exhibition matches to open up the 2013 season on Thursday and defeated the University of Alberta 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 at the Galen Center Practice Courts.

Junior Brandon Lebrock paced the Matador offense as he pounded a match-high 12 kills while hitting .318 in 22 swings. Lebrock, an All-MPSF honorable mention selection last season, also served three aces to go with three digs and a pair of blocks.

Sophomore middle Greg Faulkner also had a nice return to action as he competed in a match for the first time since Jan. 13 of the 2012 season. Faulkner put down 11 kills in 15 attacks to hit .600 while also blocking three Alberta attacks.

Senior John Baker chipped in seven kills (.222) from the opposite while also posting a team-high five digs and tying for match-high honors with five blocks. Fellow senior Drew Staker also had five blocks to go with two aces. Sophomore setter Travis Magorien made just the sixth start of his collegiate career and handed out 33 assists along and also had three of CSUN's 11 aces.

As a team, the Matadors hit .226 while the Golden Bears hit .095.

"Any win is a good win," said Matador head coach Jeff Campbell who is beginning his 16th season. "It was good to finally get out on the court and play somebody else and we certainy identified some things we need to work on."

Cal State Northridge plays its final exhibition match Friday against British Columbia-Okanagan at USC's Galen Center at 5 p.m. The Matadors officially begin the 2013 season next Tuesday, Jan. 8 at sixth-ranked UCLA.