Oct. 9, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge won the first two sets and looked to snap its four-match skid but visiting Cal Poly stormed back to take the final three sets to defeat the Matadors 16-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 15-11 Friday at The Matadome.
The loss is the fifth straight for Northridge (4-13, 0-4) who remain winless in the Big West after four conference matches. Freshman Brittany Graff had a team-high 15 kills (.205) to go with 15 digs and a pair of aces for the Matador in the loss. Junior Brittany Williams added 13 kills (.200) and nine digs while senior Angela Hupp contributed 10 kills (.132) and 31 assists. Sam Orlandini also dished out 22 assists and had two aces and Monica McFarland had a team-best 16 digs.
Northridge won set one handily 25-16 as the Matadors hit .300 as a team and limited Cal Poly to an .094 clip. Williams had five kills while hitting a blistering .625 in the opening frame.
The two teams traded the lead for much of set two before the Mustangs matched their largest lead of the set at 21-18 following a Catie Smith-Jennifer Keddy block on Northridge's Lynda Morales. But a pair of kills from Graff along with a co-block from Hupp and Chelsea Johnson propelled the Matadors on a 5-0 run giving Northridge the 23-21 advantage. After Hupp hit long pulling the Mustangs within 24-23, the Matadors went back to Hupp for a kill on set point.
After hitting .300 in set one and .308 in set two, the Matadors slipped to an .083 hitting clip in set three's 25-17 loss and then hit .121 in set four.
In set five, Northridge was able to muster just four kills in 18 swings while Cal Poly hit .261 on its was to the 15-11 win. The Matadors were still in it after Graff's kill gave Northridge a 9-8 lead but four consective Mustang points ended all suspense and Hupp's hitting error on match point sealed Cal Poly's comeback win.
For the Mustangs (6-12, 2-3), Megan McConnell led the way with 22 kills (.260) while Keddy added 12 kills (.400). Cal Poly libero Alison Mort posted a match-high 24 digs in the win.
Cal State Northridge wraps up its three-match homestand on Saturday as the Matadors host UC Riverside at 7 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -