Matadors Head to Honolulu for Pivotal Conference Match

MATADORS THIS WEEK:

MATCH #28 (Big West Match #15):

Cal State Northridge Matadors (22-5, 12-2 Big West) at No. 12 Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine (20-4, 9-3 Big West)

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 - 9:00 p.m. PST
Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) - Honolulu, HI
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV
Audio: ESPN1420am.com
In-game Twitter updates: @GoMatadors 


Weekly Match Notes     


FOR STARTERS

Cal State Northridge (22-5, 12-2 Big West) opens up a two-match road trip to conclude the regular season beginning this Saturday as the Matadors travel to Honolulu to take on the 12th-ranked Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine (20-4, 9-3 Big West). If the first match between the two teams was any indication, Saturday's match will be a battle between two teams battling for the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Matadors extended their season-long winning streak to seven straight with a win over Cal Poly (3-0) last Thursday before UC Santa Barbara snapped the streak with a five-set win on Saturday.  


NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET

The CSUN-Hawai'i match will be streamed live on BigWest.TV and will also have an audio broadcast at espn1420am.com as well as live stats (link available at GoMatadors.com). 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

21st-ranked Cal State Northridge extended its current winning streak to a season-high seven straight as the Matadors swept Cal Poly 25-13, 25-15, 25-14. A Balanced hitting effort, led by Casey Hinger's match-high nine kills, spearheaded the CSUN sweep. The junior from Fullerton, Calif., hit .500 in 18 errorless attacks to go with six digs and pair of blocks. Cieana Stinson added eight kills (.312) while both Natalie Allen (.250) and Mahina Haina (.235) had six kills. The hitting trend continued team wide as Sam Kaul hit .333 with five kills and a match-high seven blocks and Julie Haake came off the bench to also record five kills while hitting .500 on eight attacks. CSUN setter Sydney Gedryn spread her sets around as seven players had at least four kills as the Matadors hit .351 (43-9-97) as a team. On Saturday, the Matadors nearly overcame a two sets to one deficit but visiting UC Santa Barbara held on to hand CSUN its first home loss and just their second conference loss. Hinger, Haina and Allen all reached double figures in kills for the Matadors with Hinger putting down a team-high 18. Hinger, who also had a career-high 17 digs, hit .395 on 38 swings to go with four blocks and one ace. Haina added 15 kills (.227) and four digs while Allen posted her team-leading 12th double-double by adding 14 kills (.312) and 12 digs.


STORY LINES

• The Big West race tightened considerably after UCSB defeated the Matadors for the second time this season. CSUN (12-2) still holds first place by one game over UC Santa Barbara (10-2) and is two games ahead of third-place Hawai'i (9-3). In addition to Saturday's match in Honolulu, the Matadors will wrap up the regular season with a Nov. 30 match at UC Davis. The Gauchos will host Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside this week before closing the regular season on the road at Long Beach State and UC Irvine. The Rainbow Wahine host UC Davis and the Matadors this week before traveling to Riverside and Fullerton next week. The NCAA will announce who has reached the 64-team tournament on Dec. 1.

• After splitting its final two home matches last week, Cal State Northridge dropped out of the AVCA Coaches Top-25 for the first time in four weeks. The Matadors received 98 points this week and are ranked 26th, the top team listed in "Others Receiving Votes" section. CSUN moved into the AVCA Top-25 on Oct. 28 for the first time since 1992 after ranking 24th with 135 points. Two weeks ago, the Matadors ranked 23rd with 196 points and were 21st with 309 points last week. Northridge has now been ranked or has received votes in 12 straight AVCA Top-25 polls for the first time in school history. 

• Saturday's match will be the 14th meeting all-time between the Matadors and Hawai'i with the Rainbow Wahine dominating the series 12-1. CSUN snapped Hawaii's string of 12 straight wins with a 30-32, 28-26, 20-25, 25-22, 15-10 victory in The Matadome on Oct. 24. Junior Casey Hinger had a team-high 16 kills as a quartet of Matador hitters posted double figures in kills in the win. CSUN is winless in nine matches in Honolulu.


ALLEN INCHES CLOSER TO CSUN 1,000 KILLS CLUB, HAINA CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE LADDER

Junior Natalie Allen is set to become the second Matador in 2013 and 10th player all-time to reach 1,000 career kills in CSUN history. Allen heads into this week's matches needing just four kills to reach the milestone. After putting down 20 kills in two matches last week, Allen increased her total to 996 career kills. Senior Mahina Haina became the ninth member of the exclusive group of CSUN hitters earlier this season and this week has moved into sixth-place on the all-time Cal State Northridge kills list with 1,148. Haina has also moved into a tie for fourth place in school history with 3,244 total attacks. 


MATADOR RECORD STILL HISTORIC 

After defeating Cal Poly on Thursday, the 2013 Matadors kept pace with the 1984 and 1986 CSUN squads which also won 22 of their first 26 matches. Both the 1984 and 1986 squads won its next start as the '84 team went on to finish 39-9 and the '86 team finished 37-6 in NCAA Division II play. Despite Saturday's loss to UCSB, the Matadors' 22-5 record after 27 matches is the best in CSUN's 23-year Division I history. The 1992 Matadors had the previous best record through 27 matches (20-7) while the 1990 and 1994 teams were both 19-8.


GEDRYN REACHES 1,000 ASSISTS, HINGER CLOSES IN ON HITTING MARK 

With 54 assists against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, senior Sydney Gedryn passed 1,000 assists for the second consecutive season giving her 3,376 assists in her Matador career. The senior from San Jose is now 232 assists from taking over second place on the all-time Cal State Northridge assists list. Nadine Nickel (4,798) holds the school record with Alison Wool currently second with 3,608 helpers. Gedryn handed out 1,160 assists in 2012 and barely missed 1,000 as she posted 967 as a sophomore in 2011. If the season ended today, junior Casey Hinger would post the fifth-best hitting percentage in school history at .346. Kathleen Dixon holds the all-era school record after hitting .394 in 1989 for the Div. II Matadors. Hinger, who ranks third in the Big West, is fairly certain to set CSUN Rally Scoring era standard currently held by Darla Donaldson who hit .302 in 2006.  


MATADORS: WEEK 13 THIS & THAT

With three more kills from Allen and 12 from Haina the Matadors can do something only five other CSUN teams have accomplished since 1987; have at least three hitters reach 300 kills for the season. Hinger currently leads the team with 316 with Allen at 297 and Haina at 288. The last Matador team to achieve the feat was the 2003 squad as Jen Fopma (574), Unn Kvenseth (337) and Heather Fobian (302) all passed 300. Only the 1990, 1994, 2000 and 2001 were able to accomplish the feat ... The Matadors continue to dominate their opponents on the stat sheet headed by CSUN's .272 to .200 edge in team hitting. As a team, the Matadors have scored 252 more points (1875.0-1623.0), have 176 more kills (1,491-1,315), 156 more assists (1,370-1,214), 72 more digs (1,414-1,342), 64 more blocks (272.0-208.0) and 12 more aces (112-100) ... With a team-high 391 digs, junior Kelcie Randazzo had moved into eighth-place on the single-season Rally Scoring era digs list ... Saturday's match against UCSB provided a load of firsts for the Matadors in 2013. It marked CSUN's first loss at home, first loss when the Matadors have more blocks, first loss when CSUN hits .250 or better, first loss in November and first loss on Saturday.


UP NEXT

Cal State Northridge concludes the 2013 regular season next Saturday, Nov. 30 as the Matadors travel to UC Davis at 7 p.m.

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