Matadors Top Laval 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18 in Preseason Exhibition
Jan. 5, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Senior Tanner Nua had a team-high 10 kills while hitting .333 as Cal State Northridge defeated Laval University from Quebec City, Quebec in an exhibition match in the CSUN Activity Center Wednesday afternoon.
The Matadors open the 2011 season Friday at the UCSB Collegiate Invitational taking on the host Gauchos at 10 a.m.
Nua, who played in three of the four games, had 10 kills in 21 swings with three hitting errors and also added six digs and five blocks. Redshirt freshman Marty Lorenz and freshman Brandon Lebrock each added seven kills with Lorenz hitting .455 from the middle. Sophomore Dillon Auxier came off the bench to knock down six kills in 21 attacks (.190) and sophomore Drew Staker chipped in five kills (.625) and four blocks.
Lebrock and setter Matt Stork each had three aces as the Matadors served seven aces as a team. Stork had 36 assists and 13 digs as Northridge hit .278 (44-14-108) in the first outing of 2011.
The Matadors won the opening set despite hitting just .176. Laval also struggled in the first frame hitting .080. Staker was solid for CSUN in the first set with three kills in four swings to go with one block.
The Matadors then hit .357 in set two but Laval was able to pull out the win with a late run. Laval hit .320 as a team as Frederic Desbiens had eight kills. Northridge then dominated the final two sets taking each 25-18. The Matadors hit .357 in set three and .250 in set four while limiting Laval to hitting clips of .000 and -.030.
"I thought we executed well after game one," said head coach Jeff Campbell. "We were a little shaky in the first game but a lot of our new guys got some good playing time against an exceptional team (Laval) who is one of the top teams in Canada. Overall I'm very pleased, we played well and it was a good win for us and we're looking forward to Friday."
Desbiens wound up with a match-high 17 kills (.136) while Micael Girard added eight kills in 10 swings (.800) and Karl De Grandpre chipped in seven kills (.-222).
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