Oct. 1, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - Looking for its first Big West win of the 2010 season, Cal State Northridge came up short in four sets as UC Davis defeated the Matadors 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 Friday night at The Pavilion.
Northridge (6-11, 0-3 Big West) had its losing streak extended to a season-long, four straight and was denied its first conference win. The Aggies remain unbeaten in the conference at 3-0 and are 11-4 overall.
Senior Janet Alvarado put down a team-high 12 kills (.281) while Monica McFarland (.241) and Natalie Allen (.211) each added 10 kills on a night the Matador offense struggled. As a team, CSUN had just 39 kills (eight kills in the opening set, 13 in set two, nine in set three and nine in set four) compared to 65 for the Aggies. The Matadors' leading hitter Mahina Haina never got untracked and had no kills and two errors in four swings. Sophomore libero Cindy Ortiz led CSUN with 14 digs.
For UC Davis, Allison Whitson pounded a match-high 16 kills (.211) while Melanie Adams posted a double-double with 13 kills (.273) and 10 digs. Aggie setter Jenny Woolway had a solid all-around match with 52 assists and 25 digs.
A 4-0 UC Davis run gave the hosts a 12-7 lead in the opening set before a pair of McFarland aces helped pull the Matadors within 14-12. An Allen kill helped CSUN get within 16-13 but the Matadors would get no closer the rest of the way as the Aggies rallied to take an 18-13 lead. Morgan Borch's kill on set point closed out the first-set win.
In the second set, UC Davis scored 12 of the first 19 points to open up a 12-7 lead. Trailing 16-12, the Matadors put together a 6-3 run to pull within 19-18 on an Aggie hitting error. An Allen kill also kept the Matadors within one at 21-20 before a Betsy Sedlak-Whitson block followed two kills and an ace from Adams wrapped up the set 25-21.
Alvarado then had six of the Matadors' nine kills as CSUN managed to pull out a third set win 25-23. UC Davis committed 11 hitting errors in the frame helping the Matadors extend the match to a fourth set. Trailing 22-18, CSUN used an Allen kill and three consecutive Aggie hitting errors to pull even. After a UC Davis kill, Lynda Morales had a hand in a pair of blocks to seal the set 25-23.
UC Davis led by four at 10-6 lead before four straight CSUN points, capped by a Sam Orlandini kill, pulled the Matadors even. Northridge also rallied late as they took their final lead at 19-18 following a spectacular Orlandini dig. But the Aggies responded with four straight points to erase all doubt and Devon Damelio's kill on match sent the Aggies to the four-set win.
Cal State Northridge takes another crack at its first conference win on Saturday as the Matadors travel to Stockton to take on the Pacific Tigers at 7 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -