SEATTLE, Wash. - Behind Britney Graff's season-high 13 kills, Cal State Northridge defeated Coppin State for the second straight day, this time 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 Friday afternoon at American Airlines Arena.
The Matadors (10-2) have now won four straight and with 10 wins in its first 12 matches, CSUN is off to its best 12-match start since 1986.
Graff, who has played primarily in the back row for CSUN so far this season, was called upon to attack against Coppin State and responded with a season-best 13 kills on 23 swings to hit .478. The senior from Canyon Lake, Calif., also added six digs and a pair of blocks. Junior Casey Hinger had another solid offensive match putting down 11 kills in 19 swings for a .474 hitting clip. In two matches against the Eagles, Hinger connected for 21 kills with just two errors in 38 swings to hit .500. Freshman Stephanie Serna, who earned her first collegiate start, had five kills in seven attacks (.571).
In just two sets of action, senior setter Sydney Gedryn posted 29 assists (14.5 aps) and also had three kills and four digs. Libero Kelcie Randazzo reached double figures in digs for the ninth time in 12 matches this season as she had a match-high 15 digs.
As was the case in Thursday's match between the same two teams, the Matadors got out quickly in each and every set. In set one, CSUN claimed nine of the first 10 points and never looked back. The Matadors led by as many as 14 points (19-5) before the Eagles pulled within nine at 24-15 but Cieana Stinson's kill ended the run giving CSUN the 25-15 win.
Set two was far tighter as the Matadors led by two at 16-14 following a Julie Haake service error. But three straight CSUN points, coming on a Stinson kill and a pair of Eagle miscues, quickly put the Matadors back up by five at 19-14. The CSUN lead was still five at 24-19 when Hinger converted a Gedryn set to give the Matadors a two-set lead.
CSUN dominated the final frame as the Matadors hit .324 to -.034 for the Eagles as Northridge claimed the set 25-16 and the match 3-0.
Cindy Okpegbue wound up leading Coppin State (3-11) with 10 kills hitting .208.
Cal State Northridge concludes its three-match Seattle tonight at 7 p.m. as the Matadors take on No. 3 Washington.
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