November 19, 2010

Natalie Allen Powers Matadors to 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 Upset of Long Beach State

Nov. 19, 2010

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Freshman Natalie Allen pounded a career-high 21 kills as Cal State Northridge dropped the first set but came back to win the final three frames in a 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 upset of Long Beach State on Friday at The Matadome.

The Matadors (13-18, 5-10 Big West) claimed their third consecutive home win over the 49ers (22-7, 12-4 Big West) dating back to 2008.

Allen, who's previous career-high was 20 kills against Elon on Sept. 3, had 21 kills in 47 swings to hit .298. She also added 12 digs for her team-leading ninth double-double of 2010. Senior Janet Alvarado also had a nice night coming off the bench to pound 10 kills while hitting .364 over the final three sets. Cindy Ortiz had a match-high 21 digs while Monica McFarland matched Allen with 12 digs. Lynda Morales also chipped in seven blocks (two solo) in the win.

CSUN, which hit .248 (60-22-153) held The Beach to a season low in hitting at .120 (42-24-150). The Matadors had 11.5 team blocks on the night to stymie the 49er offense.

Northridge started the match with a solid run, opening an 8-4 lead that held until the Matadors had a 15-11 lead. Long Beach State scored three straight points to pull within one at 15-14, and the 49ers picked up a block from Taylor Cook and Delainey Aigner-Swesey to grab the team's first lead at 17-16. A kill from Cook capped a 49er push out to a three-point lead at 20-17, and then Michelle Osunbor had two kills down the stretch to finish off the first set in a 25-20 Long Beach State win.

Long Beach State opened up an early lead, but the Matadors recovered and took a 12-11 lead in the closest set of the match. Long Beach State rallied to tie the set at 13-13, and then scored five straight point to take an 18-13 lead. Alvarado came up to serve for CSUN trailing 19-14, and forced the 49ers into a number of errors. That coupled with three Allen kills turned that deficit into a 22-19 lead, and the Matadors stole set two by a 25-22 tally.

Coming out of the break, the momentum Northridge grabbed from the second set comeback held as the Matadors never trailed in the set. Up 9-5 early, CSUN survived a small push from the 49ers, but were never truly threatened in a 25-21 win.

The fourth set went much the same, as the Matadors opened a 9-4 lead early in the set. The 49ers would make a run to pull within one at 15-14, but the Matadors used back-to-back kills to regain a large lead and held on to take the match with a 25-17 fourth-set win.

Osunbor wound up with a team-high 14 kills (.355) to lead Long Beach State while Janisa Johnson added 11 kills but hit just .043.

Cal State Northridge concludes the 2010 season Saturday night as the Matadors host Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, Northridge will honor its four departing seniors.

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