Aug. 28, 2009
Boise, Idaho - Senior Angela Hupp led Northridge with 11 kills (.125) but Cal State Northridge dropped its season opener 25-20, 25-13, 25-20 to Tulsa in the opening match of the Bronco Invitational.
The Golden Hurricane (1-0) hit .284 as a team while limiting the Matadors (0-1) to a team hitting clip of .051.
Hupp was the only Northridge hitter to post double figures in kills and also added two digs and a pair of blocks (one solo). Junior Lynda Morales added six kills (.125) and fellow junior Siara Grayson chipped in five kills (-.062) and six digs. A pair of Matadors made their collegiate debuts on Friday as redshirt freshman Monica McFarland had a team-high 10 digs as the starting libero and true freshman Britney Graff had five kills (.150) and five digs at the outside hitter spot.
"Being a freshman I thought Britney hung in there real tough," said head coach Jeff Stork.
The Matadors were aced six times in the match, two coming in the final stages of set one. With the score tied 19-19, Tulsa's Jessica Adams aced Graff forcing a Northridge timeout. A Julia Kenealy kill followed by another Adams aces put the Golden Hurricane on top to stay 22-19.
"We've got to be a little tougher after 20-20," said Stork in response to Tulsa's run in the first set. "We didn't pass particulary well tonight and we shuddered a bit in the latter stages."
Northridge has two chances to pick up its first win of the season on Saturday as the Matadors take on Northern Arizona (1-0) at 10 a.m. followed by a match against host Boise State (0-1) at 7 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -