Matadors Host No. 12 Loyola and Harvard in Non-Conference Matches This Week

March 8, 2011

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MATADOR VOLLEYBALL THIS WEEK:

Match #19

No. 12 Loyola Ramblers (12-4, 5-1 MIVA) at Northridge Matadors (4-14, 3-10 MPSF)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 7 p.m. PST

The Matadome - Northridge, Calif.

Live Stats: Gametracker (GoMatadors.com)

Live Audio: GoMatadors.com (Mark Schuermann - PBP)

Match #20

Harvard Crimson (7-4, 0-3 EIVA) at Northridge Matadors (4-14, 3-10 MPSF)

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 7 p.m. PST

The Matadome - Northridge, Calif.

Live Stats: Gametracker (GoMatadors.com)

Live Audio: None

FOR STARTERS
Cal State Northridge (4-14, 3-10 MPSF) opens up a season-long, four-match homestand Wednesday against Loyola-Chicago (12-4) in the first of two non-conference matches. The Matadors welcome in Harvard (7-4) for the first time on Saturday. Both matches in The Matadome are scheduled for 7 p.m. The Matadors dropped to 1-6 at home with a straight set loss to eighth-ranked UCLA last Wednesday and then fell to 3-8 on the road after falling at No. 4 UC Santa Barbara on Friday.

CAMPBELL IN HIS 14TH SEASON AS THE MATADOR HEAD COACH
Jeff Campbell is in his 14th season as head coach with 217 career wins, the most in Northridge men's volleyball history. With the Matadors' 3-0 win at Long Beach State on Jan. 15, 2010, Campbell won his 195th match became the winningest coach in CSUN men's volleyball history surpassing John Price (194-158) who coached the Matador men for 12 seasons. Campbell has averaged over 23 wins per season over the last three seasons and has led the Matadors to at least 18 wins every season since 2003.

NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET
Follow Matador volleyball online at the official online home of Cal State Northridge athletics, www.GoMatadors.com. All Matador home matches and a majority of road matches will be broadcast live via Gametracker. In addition, select home and road matches will feature live audio with Mark Schuermann handling the call. Fans can also follow the Matadors at Twitter.com/gomatadors and YouTube.com/northridgeathletics. Fans can also view and print the Matadors 2011 media guide online at GoMatadors.com. The guide features player information, photos, statistics and a complete men's volleyball history.

STORK CONTINUES UP CAREER ASSISTS LIST, NUA LOOKS TO CRACK TOP-10
Junior setter Matt Stork continues his ascent up the Cal State Northridge career assists list moving within 83 assists of Travis Bluemling and fourth place. Stork, who surpassed 3,500 career assists with 24 helpers at No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 5, now has 3,750 career assists in 292 sets, an career average of 12.84 assists per game. Stork, who had his streak of 70 consecutive starts as the Matador setter snapped against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 21, set a personal season-best with 1,626 assists (13.22 apg) as a sophomore in 2010. He had 1,588 assists (14.18) as a freshman. Senior Tanner Nua (Palmdale, Calif.) looks to crack the CSUN career aces list in his final season. With one ace against UCLA last week, Nua inched closer to the top-10 with his 85th career ace. He is now five short of Chad Strickland and Tom Ribarich who share ninth place with 90.

AUXIER A BRIGHT SPOT IN ROUGH WEEK
Despite being swept by both No. 8 UCLA and No. 4 UC Santa Barbara, sophomore outside Dillon Auxier (Fountain Valley, Calif.) was a bright spot for the Matadors both on offense and defense. Auxier, who came in averaging 1.76 kpg while hitting .123 for the season, pounded a career-high 10 kills while hitting .261 against UCLA and then had nine kills while hitting a season-high .368 at UCSB. For the week, he posted 19 kills in 42 swings with six errors for a .310 hitting clip. Auxier also contributed eight digs (1.33 dpg) and six blocks (1.00 bpg) including a career-high three solo stuffs at UC Santa Barbara.

MATADORS VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES
Since 2000, the Matadors are an impressive 71-22 (.763) in non-MPSF matches. Northridge has hosted 11 non-MPSF squads in The Matadome since 2007 and is a perfect 11-0 in those matches. Last season, the Matadors topped Penn State (3-0) and Loyola-Chicago (3-0). CSUN went 4-0 at home in 2009 defeating Hope International, Lees-McRae, NJIT and Cal Baptist. The last time Northridge lost a non-conference match at home was Mar. 6, 2000 when Lewis defeated the Matadors 3-1.

CSUN IN MPSF, NCAA STATISTICS
Sophomore Drew Staker (Las Vegas, Nev.) and senior Kaleo Baxter (Kapaa, Hawai'i) are the only two Matador players to rank among the top-10 in the MPSF this week. Staker ranks sixth in hitting (.416) with 117 kills in 209 attacks with just 30 errors. Baxter also ranks sixth in digs per game (2.09) after recording 98 digs in 47 games. In the national stats, Baxter is the highest ranked CSUN player as he ranks 16th in digs while Stork ranks 26th in assists (9.4 spg), Nua ranks 32nd in aces (0.30 sapg) and  Greg Faulkner is 36th in blocks (0.90 bpg).

THREE-SET MATCHES DON'T FAVOR THE MATADORS
Of the Matadors' last 10 losses, all have come by way of the 3-0 sweep. In all, Northridge is 0-12 when a match lasts the minimum three games and the Matadors have yet to record a 3-0 sweep in 18 matches this season. The opening set has set an ominous tone for CSUN this season as the Matadors have dropped the opening set in each of the last 13 matches and 17 times in 18 matches this season. The lone Northridge set one win this season came in a five-set win at No. 3 Pepperdine on Jan. 15. The Matadors are 2-2 in four-set matches this season and a perfect 2-0 in two matches that have gone the distance.

NORTHRIDGE NOTES
The last time the Matadors dropped as many as six home matches was in 2002 when CSUN finished 7-8 on the Matadome floor. The Matadors' worst home record in the 35 seasons of men's volleyball was 1999 when CSUN finished 2-11 ... Redshirt freshman Marty Lorenz (Spokane, Wash.) made his first appearance in nearly two months when he started in the middle against UCLA. Subbing for Greg Faulkner who was ill during the week, Lorenz had seven kills (.333) and career-highs of five blocks and three digs against the Bruins and three kills (.500) at UC Santa Barbara. In his first season on the active roster, Lorenz has 32 kills (2.00 kpg) while hitting .411 to go with two aces, three digs and 13 blocks ... By missing the two matches last week, Faulkner had a personal streak of 15 matches, including 12 straight starts snapped. Faulkner had played in every match since the season-opener at UCSB on Jan. 7 ... Junior Danny Rodrick (Kapaa, Hawai'i) recorded the first two assists of his Matador career when he came on late in the final set against UC Santa Barbara ... Stork matched his season-high with two aces against UCLA ... No Matador hitter has posted more than 13 kills in a match since sophomore John Baker (Racine, Wis.) put down 15 at Pepperdine on Jan. 15, a span of 13 matches.

#12 LOYOLA (12-4, 5-1 MIVA) @ NORTHRIDGE (4-14, 3-10 MPSF)
Wednesday's match will be the fourth meeting all-time between the Matadors and the Ramblers with Northridge holding a 2-1 edge in the all-time series. The Matadors have won the last two meetings between the two teams including a straight set win The Matadome last season. Both prior matches took place in Chicago with CSUN winning 3-2 in 2008 and Loyola winning 3-2 in 2007. The Ramblers had their seven-match winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss at No. 5 Ohio State last Saturday. Junior outside Mike Bunting leads Loyola  in kills averaging 4.33 kpg while hitting .414. Redshirt freshman Joseph Smalzer adds 3.08 kpg as the Ramblers are hitting .356 as a team.

HARVARD (7-4, 0-3 EIVA) @ NORTHRIDGE (4-14, 3-10 MPSF)
Saturday's match between the Matadors and Crimson will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Northridge is 19-10 (.655) all-time against teams from the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Matadors are 6-0 all-time vs. Rutgers, 7-4 vs. George Mason, 2-0 vs. NJIT and 4-6 vs. Penn State. Junior outside Matt Jones leads Harvard in kills with 171 while averaging 3.80 kpg. Freshman Chris Gibbons adds 2.64 kpg while the Crimson are hitting .238 as a team.

TO RECAP
Sophomores Drew Staker and Dillon Auxier each had a team-high nine kills but Cal State Northridge fell in straight sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-15) at fourth-ranked UC Santa Barbara in an MPSF match Friday at Rob Gym. Staker, who hit .438 in 16 swings, and Auxier (.368) each had a team-high nine kills with Auxier also adding three digs and matching his career-high with four blocks which included three solo stuffs. Freshman Brandon Lebrock added five kills, one ace, four digs a pair of blocks. CSUN (.193) wound up hitting under .200 as a team for the eighth time in 18 matches this season.

UP NEXT
Following two non-conference matches this week, the Matadors continue their four-match homestand next weekend (Mar. 18-19) as CSUN hosts second-ranked BYU for two MPSF matches.

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