Sept. 4, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Behind 18 kills from Natalie Allen, 13 from Monica McFarland and 10 from Puneet Pataria, Cal State Northridge won its second straight match with a 17-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 win over Texas-San Antonio Saturday morning at the Hornets Nest.
The Matadors, who defeated Elon Friday night in five sets for their first win, improved to 2-3 on the season while the Roadrunners slip to 2-4.
Allen, who has had in leading the Matador offense in all five matches this season, again led the way Saturday with a match-high 18 kills. She hit a season-best .405 with just three hitting errors in 37 swings and also added a pair of aces and six digs. McFarland, who had 20 digs for the second straight match, posted her third double-double of the season with 13 kills (.407). Pataria, starting her first match of the season in place of injured Lynda Morales, had 10 kills (.368), four digs and three blocks.
Matador setter Sam Orlandini registered 45 assists, eight digs and four blocks and led Northridge to a season-best .359 hitting clip. Una Siljegovic had nine kills in her first significant action of 2010 and libero Karina Woehrstein had a season-high 16 digs in the win.
After coming back to win in five sets Friday night, the Matadors got off to a slow start on Saturday. UTSA jumped out to early leads of 6-1 and 11-4 before Northridge got back to within five at 13-8 on a Pataria kill. But an ensuing 6-1 Roadrunner run blew the set open 19-9 and UTSA won going away 25-17.
Neither team led by more that four in set two until a McFarland kill put the Matadors on top 19-14. Following a UTSA timeout, another Pataria kill gave Northridge another five-point lead at 20-15. Leading 24-17 after a Siljegovic kill, Allen ended the set with a kill.
Looking to build on its momentum, the Matadors put together a 7-2 run to break open a 10-10 tie in set three. Following a Rodarunner timeout, Allen and Siljegovic posted back-to-back kills and Northridge had its largest lead at 18-12. UTSA pulled within six at 19-13 but would get no closer as Allen ended the set again with a kill.
Kelsey Schwirtlich's ace on the opening point of set four was the Roadrunner's only lead. An Orlandini ace, a pair of Allen kills and a Siljegovic-Nicole Jarvis block highlighted Northridge's 8-1 run as the Matadors took an early 8-2 lead. UTSA pulled within four on a pair of occasions but Northridge was not threatened in the latter stages winning 25-18.
The Matadors put their mini two-match win streak on the line as they take on the host Sacramento State Hornets with a chance at the tournament championship tonight at 7:30 p.m.
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