October 6, 2007

Matadors' Two-Match Win Streak Snapped in 30-12, 30-22, 31-29 Loss at Long Beach State


Matadors' Two-Match Win Streak Snapped in 30-12, 30-22, 31-29 Loss at Long Beach State

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Val Kepler and Brittany Williams each had a team-high seven kills but Cal State Northridge saw its brief two-match win streak snapped in a 30-12, 30-22, 31-29 loss at Long Beach State on Saturday at the Walter Pyramid.

With the win, the 49ers improve to 10-5 overall and 4-1 in the Big West. The loss drops the Matadors' overall record to 6-12 and Northridge is now 3-3 in conference play.

Despite posting an impressive 23 block assists as a team, Northridge struggled to a .076 (33-23-131) hitting clip. Kepler hit .700 with seven kills in 10 swings, but Williams had seven kills and eight errors in 32 attacks for a -.031 percentage. Also for the Matadors, Jenn Probert came off the bench to post six kills and four blocks and libero Amy Hultner recorded a match-high 20 digs.

For Long Beach State, Alexis Crimes posted with a match-high 15 kills (.312) and setter Nicole Vargas added seven kills (.636) to go with her 40 assists.

Long Beach State cruised through the first two games, taking advantage of not only their own game but numerous mistakes by the Matadors. In game one, after moving out to a 14-9 lead, Talaya Whitfield took the serve and the 49ers won 14 consecutive points. The 49ers took two points directly after Northridge timeouts, and included .405 hitting from the Beach, which was contrasted with -.103 team hitting from the Matadors in game one.

Game two was close early, and Northridge jumped out to a four-point lead at 13-9 before once again, the Whitfield service rotation proved to work for the 49ers again, as the team won six straight points to move out to a 15-13 lead. Holding on to that edge, the game moved to a 21-21 tie, but the 49ers started to serve Alexis Crimes and Quincy Verdin, and the two helped the 49ers out to a 28-21 lead which was capped by a bad set from Lynda Morales to end the game, one of four for the Matadors in the match.

Game three started much like the second game did, with Northridge taking a slim early lead, primarily off solid blocking up front. But, as had occurred twice earlier in the match, with Whitfield starting things off the 49ers roared back and took a 13-12 lead. That edge would hold for the 49ers well into the later part of the match, as the team took a 25-18 lead. However, following a Cal State Northridge timeout, the Matadors battled back on some errors from Long Beach State and tied the match at 29 after a Williams kill, having held off three match points. The 49ers quickly closed the door at that point, as Vargas made another successful attack to get the advantage, and a block from Hasalikova and Lee finished out the match for the sweep.

Cal State Northridge continues its three match road trip next week as the Matadors head to UC Davis (Oct. 12) and Pacific (Oct. 13) next week.

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