September 5, 2013

Matadors Take Unbeaten Record to Northern Arizona

MATCH #4:

Idaho Vandals (3-1) vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-0)

Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 - 4:00 p.m. MST
Rolle Activity Center (1,080) - Flagstaff, AZ
Live Stats: nauathleticss.com
Streaming Video: none
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors


MATCH #5:

Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-0) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (2-1)

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 - 12:00 p.m. MST
Rolle Activity Center (1,080) - Flagstaff, AZ
Live Stats: nauathleticss.com
Streaming Video: none
Audio: none
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors


MATCH #6:

Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-0) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (3-0)

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. MST
Rolle Activity Center (1,080) - Flagstaff, AZ
Live Stats: nauathleticss.com
Streaming Video: NAU-TV
Audio: NAU-TV
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors


Weekly Match Notes  


FOR STARTERS

Cal State Northridge heads back on the road for the second weekend of the 2013 volleyball season as the Matadors travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. for the Fiesta Bowl Tournament Friday and Saturday. CSUN will open the tournament Friday against Idaho at 4 p.m. followed by San Diego State and Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. Saturday's schedule has the Matadors taking on San Diego State at 12 p.m. and the host Lumberjacks at 7 p.m. The other matches on Saturday include Idaho-Northern Arizona (10 a.m.) and San Diego State-Idaho (4 p.m.).

NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET

Saturday's match against Northern Arizona will be broadcast live on NAU-TV (stream) and shown on the Fox Sports family of networks. The match will be shown on tape delay on Sept. 12 on both Fox Sports Arizona and Fox College Sports Pacific at 1:30 p.m. 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 ninth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women's volleyball.

TO RECAP

Cal State Northridge got the 2013 season off to a successful start winning all three matches at Fresno State's Bulldog Invitational. The Matadors swept Santa Clara in the season opener behind 11 kills apiece from Natalie Allen and Cieana Stinson. CSUN then had to come back from 2-1 deficits against both Rice and Fresno State to capture the tournament crown. Against Rice, Allen connected for a career-high 21 kills while senior Mahina Haina added 12 and Stinson chipped in 11. Allen's 17 kills then propelled the Matadors past Fresno State as Haina and Stinson each added 15. CSUN setter Sydney Gedryn had a solid all-around tournament averaging 10.69 assists, 1.38 digs, 1.23 blocks and 1.23 kills per set.

STORY LINES

• The Matadors are seeking their first 4-0 start since the 2001 season when CSUN opened 5-0 on the way to a 15-win season. With three wins to open the season, the Matadors have already equaled their best start in head coach Jeff Stork's 12 seasons. In Stork's first season at CSUN (2002), CSUN also opened 3-0, eventually winning five of their first seven matches. 

• As was the case in Fresno, the Fiesta Bowl Tournament also features three opposing teams the Matadors are familiar with. Of the three teams, Idaho is the most recent opponent as CSUN defeated the Vandals (28-26, 25-17, 21-25, 25-20) in last season's home opener. The Matadors are 8-6 all-time against Idaho, a former Big West foe. Northridge last met San Diego State in 2010 when the Aztecs won in straight sets. All-time, San Diego has won 11 of the 13 matches between the two teams. CSUN has won three straight over host Northern Arizona dating back to the 2000 season. The two teams last met in 2011 with the Matadors winning in straight sets.

• The Bulldog Invitational proved a successful return to action for junior opposite Natalie Allen. Allen, who had not played in a regular season match in almost a full year (Sept. 8, 2012), was named tournament MVP after averaging 3.77 kills and 2.23 digs per set while hitting .320 in 97 attacks. She matched her career-high with 21 kills in CSUN's five-set win over Rice (Aug. 31).

CSUN "RECEIVING VOTES" IN AVCA TOP-25 POLL

Following three unbeaten matches at the Bulldog Invitational, Cal State Northridge earned six points in this week's AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll. The Matadors, who earned their highest point total since 1992, are one of three Big West teams in this week's poll. Hawai'i moved up to ninth this week while Long Beach State received 79 points are also listed among "Others Receiving Votes". CSUN was also listed in the others receiving votes section in the week one poll in 2012 when the Matadors earned two points after winning two of three matches at the Arizona Wildcat Classic. Prior to 2012, the last time a Northridge team earned recognition in the national poll was 2003 when the Matadors earned four points in the Oct. 17 poll and five points in the Nov. 17 poll. The last time a CSUN women's volleyball team cracked the top-25 was the final poll of the 1992 season when the 27-8 Matadors finished ranked 25th.

TRIO EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS

In addition to the team Bulldog Invitational title, the Matadors had a trio of players named to the all-tournament team. Junior Natalie Allen was named tournament MVP while junior Casey Hinger and sophomore Cieana Stinson were both named all-tournament. Hinger was the tournament's top blocker averaging 1.31 per set while hitting .317 with four aces. Stinson earned all-tournament honors for the first time in her young career as she was virtually unstoppable on offense averaging 2.85 kills per set while hitting a blistering .406 in 69 swings.

BIG WEST HOLDING ITS OWN

The Matadors added to the conference's opening weekend success. In addition to CSUN's wins over teams from the West Coast Conference (Santa Clara), Conference USA (Rice) and Mountain West (Fresno State), Hawai'i defeated top-ranked Texas and Long Beach State defeated No. 18 Illinois.

NORTHRIDGE NOTES

The Bulldog Invitational saw the debut of junior transfer Brooke Dawson who was the only newcomer to see action. Dawson, who transfered to CSUN from Pierce College in Woodland Hills, started the first two matches and was a solid back row presence. She compiled 20 digs (1.67 dps) to go with a pair of aces and three assists. She notched her first ace in the Matadors' 3-0 win over Santa Clara ... Junior libero also had a solid weekend taking over for all-time digs leader Cindy Ortiz who graduated last June. Randazzo had seven digs in the opener against Santa Clara before notching a career-high 19 digs against Rice and adding 18 against Fresno State. After the first weekend of action, she ranks fifth in the Big West in digs per set (3.38).

UP NEXT

Following this weekend's Fiesta Bowl Tournament, the Matadors return to Northridge for a week of practice before flying to Denver for the Denver Invitational against No. 19 Creighton, No. 10 UCLA (Sept. 13) and the host Denver Pioneers (Sept. 14).

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