Matadors Wrap Up Regular Season Hosting UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton

MATCH #30 (Big West Match #17):

UC Riverside Highlanders (8-22, 2-14 Big West) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (19-10, 10-6 Big West) 

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 - 7 p.m. PST
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, Calif.
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
Audio: GoMatadors.com (Mark Schermann - PBP)
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors


MATCH #31 (Big West Match #18):

Cal State Fullerton Titans (15-14, 9-7 Big West) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (19-10, 10-6 Big West)  

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 - 7 p.m. PST
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, Calif.
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
Audio: GoMatadors.com (Mark Schermann - PBP)
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors


Weekly Match Notes (PDF)

FOR STARTERS

Cal State Northridge (19-10, 10-6 Big West) caps the 2012 regular season this week as the Matadors host UC Riverside (8-22, 2-14 Big West) on Wednesday and Cal State Fullerton (15-14, 9-7 Big West) on Saturday. CSUN, one win from the 20-win plateau, defeated both the Highlanders and Titans on the road earlier this season. Prior to Saturday's match, the Matadors will honor their two seniors Monica McFarland and Cindy Ortiz.

NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET

Both matches this week will be broadcast live on GoMatadors.com with Mark Schuermann handling the call. In addition, all Matador home matches and conference road matches will be featured as part of the Big West live streaming package. BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West's ten member institutions.  Now in it's eighth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women's volleyball.

STORY LINES

• The Matadors close the regular season with two home matches as they attempt to win 20 matches for the first time in 16 years. The last time a CSUN women's volleyball team won 20 matches was 1996 when the Matadors were 22-11 in Dr. Lian Lu's third season as head coach.

• Cal State Northridge is also fighting for its best-ever finish in 12 seasons as a member of the Big West Conference. The Matadors (10-6) are currently one game behind second place Long Beach State (11-5) and one-half game ahead of third place UC Davis (10-7). The 49ers close the regular season at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly while The Aggies host Pacific in their final match. The Matadors tied for second with a 12-6 conference mark in 2003 and finished alone in third last season at 9-7.

• The Matadors host UC Riverside for the 27th time in program history and Cal State Fullerton for the 18th time. CSUN has dominated the series with the Highlanders winning 46 of the 65 meetings while the Matadors hold a 25-11 advantage in the series with the Titans. CSUN defeated UCR in five in late September in Riverside and topped Fullerton four the previous night.

SENIOR NIGHT FOR MCFARLAND, ORTIZ

The Matadors will honor their two seniors, Monica McFarland and Cindy Ortiz onSaturday prior to the Cal State Fullerton match. Both players are four-time letterwinners at Cal State Northridge with McFarland beginning her Matador career with a redshirt season in 2008 while Ortiz began her CSUN career in 2009. Ortiz will close out her Matador career as one of the top defensive players in school history. She holds the CSUN rally scoring era single season record for digs with 533 so far this season. Ortiz, who has a school all-time era record of 1,433 career digs, owns three of the top-five dig totals in CSUN single season history. McFarland has been something of an ironwoman over her Matador career. She has played in 439 caeer sets which is just one off the rally scoring era record of Lynda Morales who who played in 440 sets from 2007-10. McFarland ranks fourth all-time in digs with 1,208 while averaging 2.75 digs per set. The two players have combined to lead the Matadors to 56 wins over the last four seasons.

THE ELUSIVE 20

The Matadors picked up their 19th win at Pacific on Saturday in three dominating sets. With two regular season matches remaing, CSUN needs one win to reach the 20-win plateau for the season. The last time a Cal State Northridge team won as many as 20 matches in a season was 1996 when the Matadors finished 22-11 under coach Lian Lu. Should CSUN win both of its remaining matches, the Matadors can still reach 12 Big West Conference victories in a season for just the second time. In Jeff Stork's second season, the Matadors finished 12-6 in the Big West on their way to a 16-13 overall record.

MATADORS WRAP UP 7-5 ON THE ROAD

With a split in their final two road matches at UC Davis and Pacific last weekend, the Matadors concluded the road schedule at 7-5. Toss in eight neutral site contests and CSUN was 13-7 (.650) away from The Matadome in 2012.    

MATADORS PICKED THIRD IN BIG WEST PRESEASON POLL

The Cal State Northridge women's volleyball was picked to finish third in the 2012 Big West Preseason Coaches Poll as announced by the conference office on Aug. 7. The Matadors received a total of 72 points from the conference's head coaches, the most for a CSUN team in 12 years as a member of the Big West. The previous best preseason ranking for a Matador squad came in 2007 when Northridge was picked to finish fifth before finishing in a tie for fifth at the conclusion of the season. Hawai'i, ranked eighth in the AVCA national preseason poll, was picked to win the Big West after earning nine of 10 first place votes and 99 total points. Defending conference champions Long Beach State was second with 88 total points followed by the Matadors with 72. UC Santa Barbara (60) and Pacific (60) tied for fourth with Cal State Fullerton (46) sixth, Cal Poly (43) seventh, UC Davis (37) eighth, UC Irvine (31) ninth and UC Riverside (14) 10th. Cal Poly earned the lone remaining first place vote.

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