Sept. 4, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - With the Sacramento State Invitational title on the line, the host Hornets defeated Cal State Northridge, 25-22, 25-20, 29-31, 25-18 Saturday night at the Hornets Nest. Monica McFarland had 19 kills and 17 digs to lead the Matadors.
Northridge (2-4) was seeking a complete reversal from a weekend ago when they went winless at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego. After defeating Elon in five sets on Friday and UTSA in four on Saturday, the Matadors just had to get by former Big Sky rival Sac State Saturday night.
But it was the Hornets (4-3) who jumped out to the two sets to none lead and Northridge was forced to win the final three sets. The Matadors held a brief lead early in the third set only to see Sac State regain the lead ultimately going up by three (13-10). Kills from Puneet Pataria, Sam Orlandini and Mcfarland pulled the Matadors even but the Hornets quickly regained the lead and held it until match point at 24-23.
Nicole Jarvis' kill tied the score at 24-24 and Northridge saved another match point at 25-24 on a Mahina Haina kill. The Matadors had set points at 27-26, 28-27 and 29-28 before cashing in on kills from McFarland and Natalie Allen.
Northridge then took a 14-10 lead in the fourth set looking to send the match to a fifth and deciding set. After a Karina Woehrstein service error, the Hornets tallied the next six points to erase the Matador lead and open up a 17-14 cushion. A Haina kill pulled Northridge within 17-15 but that was as close as the Matadors would get and Sac State pulled away late to take the 25-18 win.
McFarland, who along with Allen, was named to the All-Tournament Team had a career-high 19 kills (.349) and 17 digs. It was the third straight match and fourth time in six matches this season that McFarland has posted a double-double. Allen added 16 kills (.176) and 13 digs while Haina had the best match of her young career with 13 kills (.394). Woehrstein had a team-high 23 digs for the Matadors in the loss.
Cal State Northridge heads to the Bay Area next week to take on Seattle, Santa Clara and Portland State.
- GO MATADORS -