January 5, 2013

Matadors Complete Exhibition Season with Straight-Set Win Over BC-Okanagan

Final Stats

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior John Baker put down a match-high 13 kills as 12th-ranked Cal State Northridge completed its two-match exhibition schedule with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-12 victory over British Columbia-Okanagan Friday evening at USC's Galen Center.

The Matadors, who swept Alberta on Thursday, did not drop a set in winning their two exhibition matches against the visiting Canadian universities.

"We were able to work out some of the kinks we had last night," said head coach Jeff Campbell. "In the first two sets our serving was a little inconsistent but in game three we really put it together. Our passing was really good tonight and any time we pass well we're going to be right there in any game." 

Baker led a trio of Northridge hitters in double figures as he hit .400 in 25 swings. The senior opposite also chipped in six digs and had two of the Matadors' three aces. Fellow senior Jared Moore started in place of Drew Staker in the middle and had 11 kills in 14 swings without an error (.786) and junior Brandon Lebrock also notched 11 kills while hitting .375.

Cory Wagner came off the bench to knock down seven kills while also posting a match-high eight digs and sophomore setter Travis Magorien handed out 34 assists as Northridge hit a robust .469 as a team.

BC-Okanagan was led by Riley McFarland's 11 kills (.292) as the Heat hit .174 as a team.

The preseason 12th-ranked Matadors open the 2013 season on Tuesday, Jan. 8 as Northridge travels to sixth-ranked UCLA. First serve at the new Pauley Pavilion is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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