Nov. 2, 2010
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Cal State Northridge won its second consecutive match and improved to 11-16 with a straight set (25-22, 25-16, 25-18) non-conference victory at CSU Bakersfield Tuesday night. Senior Lynda Morales paced the Matadors with nine kills and five blocks.
The win in Bakersfield was Northridge's first road victory since defeating UNLV on Sept. 17. The Matadors are now 3-7 away from The Matadome with three road matches yet to play. The Roadrunners drop to 0-24 with the loss.
Morales' nine kills led Northridge as the Matadors spread out their attack. Morales hit .500 committing just one error in 16 swings while Natalie Allen (.174) and Una Siljegovic (.375) each added seven kills. The remainder of the Northridge hitters spread 14 kills among them. Setter Sam Orlandini had 24 assists in leading the Matador offense to a .310 hitting clip (37-11-84). Orlandini also served three of CSUN's five aces and now has a team-high 29 aces this season, a new career-high.
The Roadrunners came out in the opening set looking like a team destined for their first win. After the Matadors took an early 7-5 lead following a CSUB hitting error, the Runners outscored CSUN 6-1 over the next seven points to take their largest lead at 11-8. After pulling within one on a pair of occasions, the Matadors finally tied the score at 13-13 following another CSUB hitting error. A pair of Morales kills and a Mahina Haina kill then propelled Northridge on a 3-1 run giving the Matadors a 16-14 advantage.
But the Roadrunners came back with three unanswered points to wrestle back the lead at 17-16 and CSUB would hold the lead until another Allen kill knotted the frame at 22-22. A pair of blocks and a Roadrunner hitting error completed a 3-0 run that closed the set in Northridge's favor 25-22.
Set two was also close until midway through the frame. With the Matadors clinging to a 15-13 lead, CSUB's Tika Smith put down a kill trimming the CSUN lead to 15-14. But following a Puneet Pataria kill, Orlandini stepped to the service line and served six consecutive Matador points, capped by a pair of aces, as CSUN broke open the set. Leading 24-16, Allen's kill put the Matadors up by two sets.
The Matadors scored the first two points of the third set, the second coming on a Siljegovic ace, and would never look back. A CSUB hitting error put Northridge in front 11-4 and the Matador lead was never less than four the remainder of the set. Gedryn's ace gave the Matadors a 24-16 lead before the Roadrunners saved a pair of match points but Allen's seventh kill of the match sent CSUN to its second straight win.
Cal State Northridge returns to Big West play this Friday as the Matadors travel to UC Riverside looking to extend their current two-match win streak. First serve at the Student Rec Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.
- GO MATADORS -