LONG BEACH, Calif. - Led by the all-tournament performance of Sam Holt, Cal State Northridge upset 15th-ranked Ohio State to wrap up play at the Active Ankle Classic at Long Beach State's Walter Pyramid.
Set scores were 25-22, 23-25, 29-31, 25-21, 15-13 as the Matadors improved to 7-12. The loss dropped Ohio State to 8-11.
Holt overcame a rough offensive night against No. 14 Penn State on Friday to pound a team-high 27 kills on 57 attacks to hit .333 against the Buckeyes. Juniors Grag Faulkner and Kyle Stevenson also reached double figures with 12 and 11 kills respectively. Faulkner hit .400 on 20 attacks while Stevenson checked in at .235 on 34 swings as the Matadors defeated a ranked team for the first time since upsetting No. 4 USC on Jan. 24.
Jakub Ciesla came within one kill of his second career double-double with nine kills and 11 digs while also serving a pair of aces. CSUN setter Travis Magorien posted 53 assists, six digs and three blocks while libero Bradley Sakaida had a match-high 16 digs in the win.
Northridge out-high Ohio State .273 (64-23-150) to .252 (65-26-155), hitting a match-high .345 in a must-win fourth set.
In the fifth and final set, the Matadors bolted out to a 5-1 lead only to see the Buckeyes get within one at 6-5 following a 5-1 run. Ohio State pulled even at 8-8 on an Andrew Lutz kill but CSUN answered with a Faulkner-Stevenson block and a Colby Magorien ace to open up a two-point lead at 10-8.
Two more Buckeye points tied the score again at 10-10 and the two teams stayed square at 11-11, 12-12 and 13-13 when an Ohio State service error followed by a Holt kill gave the Matadors the five-set win, their first going the distance at Pacific on Jan. 31.
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