March 27, 2010
MUNCIE, Ind. - Cal State Northridge dropped the finale of its two-match set at Ball State as the host Cardinals upset the Matadors in straight sets (30-24, 30-28, 30-22) Saturday in front of 759 fans at Worthen Arena.
The loss snaps a three-match win streak for Northridge (16-7) as Ball State (13-8) becomes the first unranked team to knock off the Matadors this season.
After hitting .264 in Friday's straight set win, the Matadors were limited to a .140 (40-25-107) clip on Saturday. The Cardinals put up 15.5 team blocks to help stuff the Northridge attack.
Redshirt freshman John Baker was the lone Matador hitter to reach double figures putting down a match-high 13 kills while hitting .231. Baker also added six digs and one ace in the loss. No other Northridge hitter could muster more than seven kills as Kevin McKniff (.438) and Mike Gaudino (-.077) each had seven while McKniff added three aces. The senior middle now has 12 aces in his last four matches, including seven in two matches at Ball State.
Fellow middle Jacek Ratajczak was limited to six kills while committing four errors in 17 swings (.118) but did have a pair of blocks (one solo). Senior Theo Edwards also had six kills but hit just .111.
"We just weren't sharp tonight and didn't make adjustments," said Matador head coach Jeff Campbell. "Ball State served well and played hard, but we didn't serve particularly well and we didn't stop them at all. It's tough to win when you hit under .100 in two of the three games."
For the Cardinals, Lee Meyer had a team-high 12 kills (.421) while Anders Nelson chipped in 11 kills (.529) and eight blocks (one solo). After hitting .157 in Friday's loss, Ball State rebounded to hit an efficient .305 (46-17-95) in Saturday's win.
Cal State Northridge returns home to open up a four-match homestand this Friday, Apr. 2 as the Matadors host top-ranked Stanford at 7 p.m.
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