Matadors Drop Straight Set Decision at No. 9 Hawai'i 25-19, 25-23, 25-19
April 2, 2011
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Cal State Northridge wrapped up its two-match road swing at ninth-ranked Hawai'i with a disappointing straight set loss (25-19, 25-23, 25-19) as Matt Stork and Tanner Nua each had 12 kills in the loss.
The Matadors (6-20, 4-15 MPSF) are now winless in Honolulu since the 2003 season, a span of nine matches. Northridge won the opening set on Friday but then dropped the ensuing six sets to finish 0-4 on the road trip.
Nua (.286) and Stork (.435) each had 12 kills to lead the Matadors who hit .333 as a team. No other CSUN hitter registered more than four kills. For the second night in a row, the Matadors had trouble containing the Warrior attack as Hawai'i hit a blistering .543.
CSUN trailed by one 16-15 in the opening set before Nejc Zemljak's ace capped a 3-0 Hawai'i run forcing CSUN into its second timeout. Stork's ensuing attack went long and Walker then followed with a pair of kills giving the Warriors their largest lead at 22-15. A sideout and a Stork kill pulled CSUN within 22-17 but the Matadors would get no closer falling 25-19. Nua had four kills and hit .571 as CSUN hit .367 in the opening frame.
After trailing by as many as four points (11-7) in the second set, the Matadors crept within two at 12-10 following a Nua ace. The Matadors were within one at 18-17 when Jonas Umlauft put down a kill to keep the Warriors up by two at 19-17. Northridge eventaully knotted the score at 19-19 following a Cory Wagner kill and a Stork-Greg Faulkner block. After Hawai'i claimed three of the next four points, a Warrior service error and a Danny Rodrick ace again pulled the Matadors even at 22-22. Another Umlauft kill gave Hawai'i their first set point at 24-23 and after the Warriors dug Nua, Joshua Walker put Hawai'i up two sets with the 25-23 win.
The third and final set was tied six times, the last at 15-15 before the Warriors received kills from Walker and Zemljak combined with a Sam Biscaro ace to open up an 18-15 lead. Stork's kill kept the Matadors within striking distance at 18-16 but consecutive Hawai'i points put CSUN in a four-point hole (20-16). The Warrior lead was six at 23-17 and Hawai'i kept the six-point margin winning by a final of 25-19.
Umlauft led the Warriors with 21 kills (.528) while Walker added 20 kills while hitting .704.
Cal State Northridge returns to The Matadome for its final two home matches of the 2011 season next week as the Matadors host UC San Diego on Apr. 7 and UC Irvine on Apr. 9.
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