April 16, 2011

Matadors No Match For Fifth-Ranked Long Beach State in Season Finale

April 16, 2011

Final Stats

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Junior Matt Stork had a team-high 10 kills but Cal State Northridge dropped its season finale 25-19, 25-17, 25-23 at fifth-ranked Long Beach State Saturday at the Walter Pyramid.

The Matadors were looking to wrap up a disappointing season on a positive note but instead dropped to 7-22 overall and 5-17 in MPSF play. Long Beach State wraps up the regular season at 14-13 overall and 12-10 in conference.

The 49ers, who out-hit the Matadors .319 to .033, dominated at the net posting 20.5 team blocks to just 1.0 for Northridge.

Stork had a team-high 10 kills for the Matadors but also had his toughest hitting night of the season with 12 errors in 30 swings (-.067). The junior did have a match-high three aces. Greg Faulkner and Dillon Auxier each added four kills with Faulkner hitting .500 in the final match of his freshman season.

Long Beach State came out strong in the first set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead after an ace by Kyle Friend. CSUN then started to chip away, cutting the deficit in half before the 49ers used a 7-3 spurt to pull ahead, 15-9. LBSU then went into cruise mode, going up by as many as eight before a Matador service error eventually ended it at 25-19.

The two teams started off the second set neck-in-neck, but the 49ers used a big run midway through the game to pull away with the 25-17 victory. After LBSU tied it up for the 11th time, they proceeded to score six unanswered points to break the game open at 19-13. Long Beach State eventually went up 24-16 as Riley pounded the ball straight down the line before Antwain Aguillard closed it out with a kill off the block.

The Matadors took an early lead in the third frame and went up 14-10 after a service ace. The 49ers then responded with a 7-2 spurt, capped by a double block from Meehan and Friend, to take a 17-16 advantage. It went back-and-forth from there with five tie scores before LBSU pulled ahead, 24-22, on a Crabb kill. CSUN was able to hold off one set point before Crabb put the ball away one more time for the 25-23 win.

- GO MATADORS -

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