Matadors Fall to Pacific in Straight Sets 25-13, 25-15 and 25-16
Sept. 27, 2009
STOCKTON, Calif. - Cal State Northridge dropped the second match of a three-match road trip as the Matadors were overpowered by Pacific, 25-13, 25-15 and 25-16 Saturday at the Alex Spanos Center.
Northridge (4-10, 0-2 Big West) had trouble getting anything going on offense as the Matadors hit just .114 (27-17-88) as a team. Senior Angela Hupp had a team-high eight kills and hit .438 while dishing out a season-high 14 assists. Brittany Williams added seven kills (.143) and Britney Graff chipped in five kills (.111). Tela Burnett hit .500 in four swings but no other Matador hitter, besides Hupp, hit higher than Williams' .143 clip.
In the first set, the Tigers won seven of the first 10 points and 12 of the first 17, forcing the Matadors to call and early timeout. However, the timeout would only slow the Tigers momentarily as the Tigers used a balanced attack to keep to Cal State Northridge on its heels and take the first set using a 13-8 run. Pacific held the Matadors to just nine kills in 30 swings with six errors for a .100 hitting percentage in the first frame.
Pacific continued the rout in set two, bolting to a 10-3 lead. The Tigers eventually led 17-5 and never looked back on their way to the 25-15 win.
Up two sets to none, the Tigers closed out the match with a 25-16 win. The Matadors hung close with the Tigers throughout the first half of the set until Pacific used a 5-2 run at 11-7 to open up a seven point advantage.
For Pacific, Svenja Engelhardt had a match-high 11 kills while hitting .588. Masha Vaysburg added eight kills in 11 attacks with no errors for a .727 hitting clip. As a team the Tigers hit .407 for the match with 40 kills and just seven errors on 81 attempts.
Cal State Northridge takes a one-match break from Big West play as the Matadors travel to CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 30. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.