Feb. 4, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge dropped the opener of its two-match trip to the East Coast as the Matadors fell to No. 9 Ohio State 25-14, 25-19, 25-16 Friday evening at Penn State's Rec Hall.
With the defeat, Northridge (2-8) had its losing streak reach a season-long five straight and the Matadors have now been swept in four consecutive matches.
Experimenting with a new lineup proved no help to CSUN as the Matadors hit just .118 (23-15-68) while the Buckeyes had little trouble offensively, hitting .443 (49-14-79).
Campbell moved junior Matt Stork to outside hitter for the first time and Stork hit .000 with six kills and six errors in 18 swings. Senior Tanner Nua led the Matadors with nine kills, four digs and one ace. Nua hit a season-high .400 in 20 attacks. Senior Jeff Baxter, starting his second match of the season at setter, had 21 assists, one dig and a pair of blocks but could not get the Matador offense on track.
Stork's first kill of the night tied things at 1-1 in the opening set before Ohio State rolled off eight straight points and never looked back. CSUN didn't help themselves committing three hitting errors during the run. Brandon Lebrock's solo block pulled the Matadors within six at 16-10 but the Matadors would get no closer the remainder of the set.
Northridge led as late as 10-9 in the second set as a Buckeye hitting error gave the Matadors their last lead. After a Kevin Heine kill evened the score at 10-10, the two teams traded sideouts until 13-13 when the Buckeyes blew the set open with a 6-0 run. Trailing 19-13, a Stork kill temporarily pulled CSUN within 21-17 but again the Matadors could not cut into the lead any further dropping set two 25-19.
Northridge quickly fell behind in the final set as back-to-back Ohio State kills gave the Buckeyes an early 7-3 lead. A trio of Matador miscues helped Ohio State open up a 13-5 lead and the Buckeyes eventually built their lead to as many as 10 at 17-7. Staker's final kill of the night got the Matadors within eight at 24-16 before a John Klanac kill sent the Matadors to their fifth straight loss.
Shawn Sangrey paced Ohio State (5-2) with 15 kills while hitting .476 and Klanac added 12 kills at a .450 hitting clip.
Cal State Northridge closes out its two-match trip Saturday as the Matadors take on the host Penn State Nittany Lions at 7:30 ET.
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