MATADORS THIS WEEK:
MATCH #10 (MPSF Match #9):
No. 13 Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-6, 3-5 MPSF) at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (6-3, 5-3 MPSF)
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. PST
Rob Gym - Santa Barbara, CA
Live Stats: ucsbgauchos.com
Streaming Video: none
In-game Twitter updates: @CSUN_InGame
MATCH #11 (MPSF Match #10):
No. 13 Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-6, 3-5 MPSF) at No. 2 UCLA Bruins (10-2, 7-1 MPSF)
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. PST
Pauley Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
Live Stats: uclabruins.com
Streaming Video: uclabruins.com
In-game Twitter updates: @CSUN_InGame
Cal State Northridge (3-6, 3-5 MPSF) looks to get back on track this week as the 13th-ranked Matadors travel to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (6-3, 5-3 MPSF) on Wednesday and No. 2 UCLA (10-2, 7-1 MPSF) on Friday. CSUN dropped a pair of home matches to 11th-ranked Hawai'i last weekend and has now dropped three straight matches after winning a season-high two straight with wins over No. 4 USC and Pacific.
NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET
Follow Cal State Matador volleyball online at the official online home of Cal State Northridge athletics, www.GoMatadors.com. Home matches will be streamed live through Big West TV while select home and road matches will feature a live audio broadcast with Mark Schuermann and Mahina Haina. Fans can also follow the Matadors on Twitter at @GoMatadors, @CSUNMensVB and @CSUN_InGame as well as view match highlights at YouTube.com/northridgeathletics. Fans can view and print the Matadors 2014 Record Book online at GoMatadors.com. The guide features statistics and a complete CSUN men's volleyball history.
MATADORS REMAIN 13TH IN AVCA TOP-15 POLL
Cal State Northridge remained 13th in the AVCA Coaches Top-15 poll released Monday, Feb. 10. After dropping a two-match home series to No. 11 Hawai'i, the Matadors earned a 45 points this week and are 13th for the third straight week. CSUN, which has been ranked in four of the seven weekly polls this season, has now been ranked in 189 of the last 204 weekly polls dating back to the 2002 season.
Loyola-Chicago (9-1) took over the top spot this week as the Ramblers earned 11 first-place votes and 257 total points. UCLA (10-2) received five first-place votes and 253 points to take second. The rest of this week's top-five is Pepperdine (6-2), BYU (8-3) and USC (6-4). Long Beach State (6-3) is sixth again this week followed by UC Santa Barbara (6-3), Stanford (7-4), UC Irvine (7-7) and Lewis (8-3). This week's AVCA Top-15 is filled out by Hawai'i (7-4), Penn State (8-2), the Matadors, Ohio State (5-5) and Ball State (5-3).
Loyola is also number one in this week's Volleyball Magazine Top-10 Poll. The Matadors remain unranked in the Volleyball poll in week six.
• The seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (5-4, 3-3 MPSF) host the Matadors on Wednesday in Rob Gym where UCSB is 5-1 this season. The Gauchos have won three of their last four after splitting road matches at USC (2-3) and Pepperdine (3-2) last week. Austin Kingi leads UCSB averaging 2.82 kps while Matt Hanley adds 2.52 kps. Setter Jonah Seif, the MPSF Player of the Week, averages 9.79 aps while the Gauchos are hitting .236 as a team
• The No. 2 ranked UCLA Bruins (10-2, 7-1 MPSF) host No. 6 Long Beach State on Wednesday before entertaining the Matadors on Friday. The Bruins had their nine-match win streak snapped in a straight set loss to Pepperdine last Wednesday. UCLA is led by Robart Page who ranks fourth in the MPSF averaging 4.19 kps while Gonzalo Quiroga is second in the conference with 22 aces
ANOTHER NEWCOMER STEPS UP
Each week this season, the Matadors have had a different newcomer step to the forefront. First it was redshirt freshman Jakub Ciesla, next it was fellow redshirt freshman Damani Lenore and last week it was true freshman Andrew Freiha. Freiha earned the first two starts of his collegiate career against No. 11 Hawai'i and connected for a career-high 12 kills on 22 attacks to hit .455 in Saturday's finale. On Friday, the freshman from Chula Vista had three kills but also contributed a team-high five digs.
FAULKNER BACK ON TRACK
After a pair of largely forgettable seasons on the court, junior middle blocker Greg Faulkner has re-established himself as one of the more formidable middles in the MPSF. Faulkner, a 2011 MPSF All-Freshman Team selection after putting down 145 kills (1.79 kps) to go with 69 blocks in 2011, was injured for much of the following season before lining up behind seniors Drew Staker and Jared Moore last season. This season, however, the junior from Los Angeles has been a force at the net for the Matadors putting up a team-best 28 blocks while hitting a team-high .426 on 101 attacks which is seventh-best in the conference. Faulkner, who led CSUN with 10 kills against Hawai'i on Friday, is averaging a career-best 1.81 kills per set through nine matches. With 58 kills already, he is well on his way to snapping his freshman career-high in kills.
Freshman Colby Magorien saw spot at outside hitter against Hawai'i on Saturday and put down the first two kills of his collegiate career ... Sophomore Chance Earnest, who had not played since Jan. 10 at BYU, came on for the final two sets against Hawai'i on Saturday and connected for a season-high four kills on seven kills (.286) to go with a match-high six kills. ... Junior setter Travis Magorien remained error-less in 24 setter attacks this season and connecting for a pair of kills in four chances against Hawai'i. After serving a team-high 13 aces over the season's first six matches, Magorien is in the midst of a serving slump in which he has just one ace in his last three matches.
CAMPBELL CLOSES IN ON CAREER WIN #250
Having become Cal State Northridge men's volleyball's all-time winningest coach during the 2010 season, Jeff Campbell picked up his most recent milestone win of his 17-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 246-226 (.521), reached the 150 and 200 career wins over the last five seasons and now sets his sights on his 250th career win. Currently, the second-longest tenured head coach at Cal State Northridge (men's golf coach Jim Bracken is in his 28th season) Campbell has posted double figure win totals in 14 of his previous 16 seasons on the bench and notched a career-best 24 wins in 2009.
MATADORS ADD ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE RECRUITING CLASS
Campbell announced another strong recruiting class on Nov. 26 as the Matadors unveiled the signing of Emerson Waumans, Jakob Karlsson, Justin Toth and Travis O'Gorman to National Letters of Intent. Waumans, a 6-6 setter from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, Calif., is the first player to sign with the Matadors during the early signing period. He is a multi-sport athlete who was a standout in both volleyball and basketball. As a junior, Waumans led the Lancers volleyball team to a 20-11 overall record under coach Andy Tomkinson. Karlsson, a 6-4 outside hitter from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, Calif., is the second player to sign with the Matadors during the early signing period. A teammate of Waumans, he had 206 kills and 42 aces while hitting .365 for the Lancers who finished with a record of 20-11. Toth, a 6-10 middle blocker from Minooka High School in Minooka, Ill., is the third player to sign with Cal State Northridge during the early signing period. Toth was instrumental in the Indians posting a 73-7 record over the last two seasons along with a fourth-place finish in the state in 2012. O'Gorman, a 6-3 outside hitter from Northport High School in Northport, NY, is the fourth player to sign with Cal State Northridge during the early signing period. O'Gorman earned All-County honors for the Tigers in 2013 and was among the players listed in the Long Island Newsday "Players to Watch" in both 2012 and 2013.
Following road matches at UC Santa Barbara and UCLA this week, the Matadors return home for a season-long, four-match homestand. CSUN will host UC San Diego (Feb. 19), UC Irvine (Feb. 21), Pacific (Feb. 28) and Stanford (Mar. 1) on the homestand before opening up a stretch that will see the Matadors play seven of eight on the road from Mar. 6 through Mar. 29.
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