Pacific Tops Matadors in Straight Sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20

Oct. 2, 2010

Final Stats

STOCKTON, Calif. - Cal State Northridge dropped its fifth straight match Saturday night as the host Pacific Tigers swept the Matadors, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 at the Spanos Center. Natalie Allen and Una Siljegovic each had six kills to lead CSUN.

The Matadors (6-12, 0-4 Big West) hit a season-low .027 in the match as Allen and Siljegovic paced the team with six kills. Allen hit just .038 while Siljegovic hit .000. Senior Janet Alvarado earned the start at outside hitter and added five kills (.000) and three digs. Libero Cindy Ortiz was a bright spot for Northridge with a team-high 10 digs.

The Tigers quickly jumped out to a 7-2 in the first set and never looked back. A Pacific hitting error briefly pulled the Matadors within five at 10-5 but Northridge would get no closer as the Tigers pulled away for the 25-15 win.

Set two turned out to be the closest of the match. Pacific led by one at 16-15 before tallying four straight points which propelled the Tigers on a set-closing 9-3 run as Pacific dominated the latter stages of the frame.

As was the case in the second set, the Matadors were still in set three late. After leading by two (8-6) early on, CSUN found itselt trailing by two (20-18) down the stretch. But three consecutive Pacific points quickly erased all doubt and Gabby Cowden's kill on match point sent the Tigers to the 25-20 win.

Cowden wound up leading the Tigers with a match-high 10 kills (.368) as Pacific hit .167 as a team. Svenja Engelhardt and Jennifer Sanders each added eight kills in the win.

Cal State Northridge returns home to host CSU Bakersfield in a non-conference match Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.