Matadors Come Up Short Against Pittsburgh in USD Tournament Finale
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman Alex Johnson tallied a team-high 11 kills but Cal State Northridge came up empty for the third straight match at the USD Tournament as Pittsburgh dealt the Matadors a 30-19, 30-28, 30-26 setback at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 6-8 on the season while Northridge drops to 3-9. The loss is the Matadors' fifth straight and sixth in its last eight matches heading into Big West play next week.
Johnson had an effective match on offense as she tallied 11 kills with just three errors on her way to hitting .267. She also added nine digs, narrowly missing her second collegiate double-double. Junior Val Kepler also added eight kills while hitting .353 while Brittany Williams (.200) and Kristy Nua (.150) each chipped in six kills. Libero Amy Hultner recorded a team-high 13 digs and Kelley Hanson had two aces in the loss.
For Pittsburgh, Kelly Campbell's 15 kills (.333) led three Panther hitters in double figures. Meagan Dooley (.312) added 14 kills and Diana Andreyko (.233) chipped in 11. Pittsburgh setter Emily Burke posted 47 assists and Michelle Rossi had a match-hig 21 digs.
The Panthers out-hit the Matadors .282 (53-18-124) to .167 (44-22-132) and posted nine team blocks to three for Northridge.
Cal State Northridge closes out its 14-match road stretch to open the 2007 season next week as the Matadors open conference play on the road at UC Santa Barbara and No. 14 Cal Poly.
Juniors Amy Hultner and Val Kepler were both named to the all-tournament team. The first time this season that the Matadors have had multiple players so honored.
- GO MATADORS -