Matadors Cruise Past Evansville, 25-22, 25-16, 25-14 at Arizona's Wildcat Classic

TUCSON, Ariz. - Cal State Northridge wrapped up play at the Wildcat Classic with a dominating 25-22, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Evansville Saturday afternoon at the McKale Center. The Matadors, who hit a season-high .337 as a team, were led by Britney Graff and Mahina Haina who each had 11 kills. 

With the win, Northridge (2-1) takes two of its three matches at the Wildcat Classic and, depending on the result of the Arizona-Utah Valley match, could claim the tournament championship in its opening weekend of the season.

The Matadors, who were hitting a robust .364 midway through the final set, were paced by Graff's 11 kills (.346). Mahina Haina also added 11 kills (.292) and also contributed four digs and three blocks. Natalie Allen (.286) and Sam Kaul (.308) each chipped in seven kills while Casey Hinger had six kills (.231). Kaul stuffed a match-high nine attacks by the Aces while Allen added a match-high 13 digs, her third consecutive double-double of the weekend.

Sydney Gedryn set CSUN to a season-best .337 hitting clip while dishing out 38 assists to go with two of the Matadors' three aces. Northridge committed just 15 hitting errors in the match as five different Matador hitters had at least 13 swings.

The opening set was the tightest of the match as each team held a slim lead when Haina's hitting error evened the score at 16-16. But kills from Allen and Haina sandwiched around an Evansville hitting error opened up a 19-16 Matador lead. The Aces, however, battled back to knot the score at 20-20 and again at 22-22 before Gedryn found Haina for a pair of kills and an Evansville hitting miscue sent CSUN to the 25-22 win.

The Matadors did not trail in either of the final two sets as huge runs midway through each set propelled CSUN to the three-set sweep.

Ashley Ring led Evansville with a match-high 15 kills (.257) while the Aces wound up hitting just .089 as a team.

Cal State Northridge returns to action next Friday, Aug. 31 as the Matadors take on Wisconsin as part of the Long Beach State Invitational.

Final Wildcat Classic Records
Cal State Northridge 2-1
Arizona 2-1
Utah Valley 1-2
Evansville 1-2

All-Tournament Team
Natalie Allen, Cal State Northridge (MVP)
Sydney Gedryn, Cal State Northridge
Casey Hinger, Cal State Northridge
Ashley Ring, Evansville
Katie Klages, Evansville
Brookelyn Hall, Utah Valley
Lauren Stringham, Utah Valley
Madi Kingdon, Arizona
Halli Amaro, Arizona

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