Matadors Conclude Inaugural Season This Week at LMU & USC
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Cal State Northridge (0-7) opens the final week of its inaugural season Wednesday as the Matadors travel to the Dockweiler Beach Tower 42 at Playa del Rey to take on the Loyola Marymount Lions (1-5). The final week continues Thursday as CSUN heads to USC's Merle Norman Stadium to take on the host and second-ranked USC Trojans (8-1) and Oregon Ducks (1-4). The match against USC will be televised on Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson and Holly McPeak handling the call.
SEASON RECAP TO DATE
The Matadors kicked off their first season of sand volleyball on Mar. 6 as CSUN fell to sixth-ranked UCLA at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica. Although it was the first-ever collegiate match for the Matadors, the team won two of the five matches against the Bruins. Sydney Gedryn and Kelcie Randazzo picked up a win in the No. 2 match (20-22, 21-19, 15-13) while Julie Haake and Steffi Miller won in straight sets in the No. 5 match (21-15, 21-18).
Things got tougher for the Matadors on the weekend as CSUN traveled to Zuma Beach in Malibu to take on two of the top ranked teams in the country. The Matadors dropped all five matches to the top-ranked Pepperdine Waves and were also blanked by the second-ranked Trojans. Gedryn and Randazzo came the closest to a CSUN win against Pepperdine falling 21-12, 21-16 in the No. 2 match. Against USC, Haake and Miller battled the Trojans in the No. 5 match before falling 21-12, 21-17.
Next it was on to Chula Vista where CSUN played matches against Grand Canyon, CSU Bakersfield and Hawai'i as part of the USA Volleyball Beach Challenge at the US Olympic Training Center. The Matadors dropped four of five to the Antelopes with Marissa Boyd and Casey Hinger winning their first of the year in the No. 3 match, 21-19, 20-22, 15-9. Brooke Dawson and Sam Kaul also posted a win in an extra match 22-20, 21-16. Against the Roadrunners of CSU Bakersfield, Boyd and Hinger came up winners again as the pair won the No. 3 match by the score of 21-13, 21-13. Alia Casino and Cieana Stinson won in an extra match 19-21, 21-17, 15-8. Against the fifth-ranked Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine, CSUN was swept in all six matches but Boyd and Hinger did claim a set at No. 3.
Playing their seventh road match to open the season, CSUN headed to Long Beach State on Mar. 20 to take on the fifth-ranked 49ers. The Matadors claimed their single win in the No. 4 match as Boyd and Mahina Haina defeated Jenelle Hudson and Alex Reid 21-18, 13-21, 15-12.
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