Sept. 21, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Freshman outside hitter Mahina Haina pounded a career-high 19 kills but visiting Loyola Marymount used a hitting and blocking advantage to top the Matadors 25-21, 25-27, 25-21, 25-23 Tuesday night at The Matadome.
The Matadors (6-8) had their season-long, three-match winning streak snapped by the Lions (7-6) who out-hit Northridge .333 to .236 and out-blocked the Matadors 13.0 to 8.0.
Haina, who set a career-high with 15 kills against Xavier last Saturday, pounded 19 kills in a career-high 51 swings to hit .255. Fellow freshman Natalie Allen added 13 kills (.219), two aces and five digs and sophomore Monica McFarland chipped in eight kills (.267) and 10 digs and libero Cindy Ortiz posted a team-high 17 digs.
The Lions led from start to finish in both the first and fourth sets. LMU won five of the first six points in the opening set before the Matadors battled back to tie the score at 5-5 and again at 7-7. The Lions then outscored CSUN 7-2 over the next nine points to open up their largest lead at 14-9. Allen kills pulled the Matadors within one at 20-19 and 21-20 and Haina's putaway also got Northridge within one at 22-21 but three straight Lion points ended the set 25-21.
LMU jumped out to an 8-5 lead in set two only to watch as the Matadors tallied four straight to take their first lead at 9-8. The Lions regained the lead 11-10 before CSUN took advantage of an LMU hitting error, a Morales ace, a Janet Alvarado-Puneet Pataria block and an Alvarado kill to open up a 14-11 cushion. The Lions battled back to knot the score at 15-15 and again at 20-20 and ultimately took a 22-21 lead on Alvarado's hitting error. But back-to-back Northridge blocks put the Matadors back in front to stay 23-22 and despite LMU tying the score three times down the stretch, CSUN used a Haina kill and a Haina-Lynda Morales block to even the match at one set apiece.
Set three was the tightest of the match featuring 17 ties and five lead changes. After the Matadors took a slim 8-6 lead early on, the two teams traded sideouts until Northridge again led by two at 18-16. LMU however claimed three of the next four points to knot the score for the final time at 19-19. The Lions the took advantage of a pair of Matador hitting errors and a pair of blocks to take an insurmountable 23-19 lead and a Megan Nash kill on set point ended the set 25-21.
The Lions never trailed in the fourth and final set as they opened up an 18-13 lead only to see the Matadors engineer a 5-1 run to pull within 19-18. Northridge could not get over the hump however and despite pulling within one four times in the latter stages, the last at 24-23, a Becky Stehling kill ended the match.
Felicia Arriola led the Lions with a team-high 15 kills (.316) and Jasmine Rankins added 14 (.286).
Cal State Northridge opens the 2010 Big West season this Friday, Sept. 24 as the Matadors host UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. in The Matadome.
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