Matadors Battle Back to Defeat LIU Brooklyn in Five Sets

Final Box Score

Matador Season Stats

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Cal State Northridge had to battle back from a 2-1 set deficit to defeat LIU Brooklyn 25-27, 25-12, 27-29, 25-14, 15-10 Saturday afternoon in its second match of the Asics Coca-Cola Challenge.

It was the Matador blocking that paved the way as CSUN registered a season-high 19.0 total blocks which included three solo blocks and 32 block assists. The Matadors improve to 6-2 on the season, their best start since opening 8-2 in 2000.

The trio of Natalie Allen, Mahina Haina and Britney Graff led the CSUN offense on Saturday, much as they've done over the first eight matches this season. Allen and Haina each connected for a team-high 14 kills with Allen hitting .270 and Haina .130. Allen also had 16 digs for her team-leading sixth double-double of the season. Graff was also effective putting down 13 kills (.259) to go with nine digs while matchhing Allen with a pair of aces.

Casey Hinger hit a match-high .389 with eight kills in 18 attacks with just one error. The sophomore also had eight blocks while fellow middle Sam Kaul added a match-high nine blocks including a pair of solo stuffs. Sydney Gedryn handed out 46 assists while leading the Matadors to a .210 hitting clip.

The CSUN blocking had a large hand in the Blackbirds hitting .088 as a team as the Matadors forced LIU Brooklyn into 38 hitting errors. Annika Foit led the Blackbirds with a match-high 20 kills (.196) while Tamara Ignjic added 13 kills (.044).

The Matadors dropped the first and third sets as each frame went to extra points. CSUN then dominated the second and fourth sets, winning 25-12 and 25-14 respectively. With the Matadors holding match point at 14-10, the Blackbirds were whistled for being out of rotation handing CSUN its 15th and final point.

Cal State Northridge will take on host San Francisco tonight at 7 p.m.


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