October 6, 2010

Northridge Nails Down First Home Win with 25-13, 25-20, 19-25, 25-19 Victory Over CSU Bakersfield

Oct. 6, 2010

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Behind a season-high 15 kills from senior Lynda Morales and 13 kills from Natalie Allen, Cal State Northridge notched its first home win of the season with a 25-13, 25-20, 19-25, 25-19 non-conference victory over CSU Bakersfield Wednesday in The Matadome.

The win for Northridge (7-12) snaps a five-match winless streak and the Matadors improve to 1-4 on the home floor. Northridge also extends the Roadrunners' losing streak to 21 as Bakersfield drops to 0-21 this season.

Morales was virtually unstoppable for the Matadors as she knocked down 15 kills with just one error in 18 swings to hit an impressive .778. The senior from Fallbrook, Calif., also added seven blocks (one solo), five digs and one ace. Allen also hit well as she notched 13 kills in 28 attacks with three hitting errors to hit .357. Allen also added 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season and first in nearly a month.

Janet Alvarado and Una Siljegovic helped the Matador offense with eight kills apiece and Sam Orlandini also posted a double-double with 31 assists and 10 digs. CSUN hit .328 (56-14-128) as a team while CSUB hit .164 (41-19-134).

The Matadors dominated the first set, never trailing after jumping out to a 6-1 lead. A Morales kill gave Northridge a 10-3 cushion and the lead eventually grew to nine (14-5) following another Morales kill. The Roadrunners closed to within seven at 19-12 before CSUN wrapped up the set on Morales' fourth kill of the frame.

The second set was tight until the Matadors broke open a 13-12 set with a 5-0 run highlighted by a pair of Brittany Williams kills. Trailing 18-12, Bakersfield won six of the next nine points to get within 21-18 following a Danielle Gong ace. The Runners then pulled with two at 22-20 before a pair of CSUB hitting errors and an Allen kill put CSUN up two sets.

After the Matadors led for the first half of set three, the Roadrunners engineered an impressive run to take control of the set. Northridge led 13-11 when CSUB outscored the Matadors 8-1 over the next nine points to take its largest lead at 19-14. CSUN would get within four in the latter stages but could get no closer as the Runners closed the set with back-to-back points winning 25-19.

Looking to force a fifth set, CSUB overcame an early 6-3 deficit to take its first lead at 9-8. After four straight sideouts, the Matadors engineered a 9-2 run to blow open the set. Four different Northridge hitters recorded a kill during the run. Looking to have the set well in hand at 21-12, CSUN watched as Bakersfield rattled off a 6-2 run to pull within 23-18. The Matadors also led by five at 24-19 when Allen clinched the match with her 13th kill.

Lindy DeGeare led the Roadrunners with a match-high 16 kills (.179) while Haleigh Haratyk added 13 kills (.205).

Cal State Northridge returns to Big West action this Saturday, Oct. 9 as the Matadors host UC Riverside at 7 p.m.

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