March 26, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. - Junior Matt Stork pounded a career-high 24 kills but it wasn't enough as Cal State Northridge dropped the final three sets in a four-set loss (17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 26-24) at Pacific on Saturday.
Stork, who's previous high in kills was 18 against both Loyola and Stanford, pounded a career-high 24 in a career-high 49 swings to hit .367. Unfortunately for the Matadors, no other hitter had more than six kills as the team hit .188. Stork also added 11 digs and two aces for his third double-double of the season and eighth of his career.
Northridge continued its hot hitting from the previous night as the Matadors dominated the opening set out-hitting the Tigers .292 to .034 to win 25-17. Northridge upped its hitting to .323 in the second set but fell 25-23 as Pacific hit .414.
While the Tigers maintained their hitting over the final two frames, the Matadors hit a disastrous .027 in the third set and .167 in the final set.
Northridge looked to be on the verge of forcing a match to go to five sets for the second straight night but was turned away late. The Matadors held the lead from the opening point of set four and led by as many as six at 8-2. CSUN maintained at least a two-point lead until 23-21 when Stork's 24th and final kill of the night gave the Matadors set point at 24-21. CSUN however would not score again as Pacific rolled off five straight points to pull off the improbable 26-24 win.
Taylor Hughes led the Tigers with 19 kills (.308) while Florian Gornik added 13 (.133). Hughes completed his double-double by adding 11 digs.
Cal State Northridge wraps up its four-match road trip next week as the Matadors travel to No. 8 Hawai'i for two matches (Apr. 1-2).
- GO MATADORS -