Matadors Dispatch Mercer in Three Games at USC Classic
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Junior Jenn Probert knocked down a match-high 11 kills and redshirt freshman Lynda Morales added a career-high 10 kills as Cal State Northridge snapped a three-match skid with a 30-20, 30-18, 30-26 win over Mercer on Friday at the USC Classic at the Galen Center.
The Matadors improve to 2-3 with the win, while the loss drops the Bears to 1-3.
Probert powered Northridge on offense as the junior hit a season-high .381 (11-3-21). She also recorded four digs and a pair of blocks. Morales also was impressive hitting .364 (10-2-22) while adding a match-high five blocks. Elsewhere for the Matadors, junior Val Kepler had nine kills (.444) and four blocks, freshman Brittany Williams added five kills and Amy Hultner recorded a team-high 16 digs.
In the first game, Northridge jumped out to an early 6-0 lead ultimately taking their biggest lead at 27-12. Mercer used a 3-0 run to narrow the margin to 27-15, but the Matadors recorded the next two points to take a 29-15 lead when a service error by Angela Hupp ignited a 5-0 run for Mercer. A kill by Probert ended the game and Northridge took game one, 30-20.
The Bears scored the first point of game two, before the Matadors responded with four straight points to take a 4-1 lead. Northridge led by seven (14-7) when Mercer's Kendall Nichols tallied three straight kills and Julie Darty added one to pull the Bears within three at 14-11. A subsequent 6-2 run gave Northrige the cushion it needed as the Matadors cruised to the 30-18 win.
With Northridge up 9-7 in game three, a Matador service error pulled Mercer within one at 9-8. A kill by Libby Hansch tied things up and service ace by Nichols put the Bears on top 10-9. The teams fought evenly to the 23-23 mark when Mercer scored three straight points to take the lead. Northridge used a timeout to break the Bears' moment and the Matadors came back from the timeout to score the next seven points and take the 30-26 win.
Cal State Northridge wraps up the USC Classic on Saturday morning against No. 14 Duke at 11 a.m.
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