Matadors Look For Road Success at UC Riverside, UC Irvine This Week


Matadors Look For Road Success at UC Riverside, UC Irvine This Week

This Week's Matador Women's Volleyball Release



MATADOR VOLLEYBALL THIS WEEK:

Match #23: Cal State Northridge at UC Riverside * Friday, Oct. 26 * Student Rec Center * 7:00 p.m.
Match #24: Cal State Northridge at UC Irvine * Saturday, Oct. 27 * Crawford Court * 7:00 p.m.

NORTHRIDGE LOOKS FOR ROAD SUCCESS AT UC RIVERSIDE, UC IRVINE THIS WEEK
Cal State Northridge (8-14, 5-5 Big West), winners of four of its last seven matches, looks to build on its current momentum as the Matadors travel to UC Riverside (5-14, 1-7) on Friday and UC Irvine (16-7, 6-2) on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7:00 p.m. The Matadors are 5-12 on the road this season but will play only one more match on the road following this weekend's action. Northridge is 12-6 all-time against the Highlanders in Riverside and 7-9 all-time against the Anteaters in Irvine.

NORTHRIDGE ON THE NET
All Matador home matches will webcast live on the official website of Northridge Athletics, www.GoMatadors.com with Sam Farber handling the play-by-play. Farber will be joined occasionally by former Winthrop assistant coach Paul Duchesne. And for the second straight season, the Big West Conference and CSTV are partnering to bring LIVE Big West Conference volleyball home to you. A monthly subscription of $9.95 or an annual subscription of $79.95 gets you exclusive coverage of Big West women's volleyball delivered right to your computer. If you can't make it to the gym, you can still watch all the action on BigWest.TV!

WEEK IN REVIEW: MATADORS FALL TO CAL POLY, POST HISTORIC WIN OVER UC SANTA BARBARA
Brittany Williams knocked down a team-high 17 kills and Angela Hupp added 13 but despite winning the opening game, Cal State Northridge fell to No. 24 Cal Poly 3-1 on Friday. Williams' 17 kills and Hupp's .375 hitting clip led Northridge which out-hit Cal Poly in the match .223 (67-28-275) to .206 (58-36-160). On Saturday, Alex Johnson and Williams combined for 33 kills as the Matadors defeated UC Santa Barbara to sweep the season series from the Gauchos for the first time in school history.

HISTORIC WIN OVER UC SANTA BARBARA
Saturday's thrilling five-set win over UC Santa Barbara proved historic in more ways than one. The win gave the Matadors a season sweep over the Gauchos for the first time ever in the series which dates back to 1978. The Matadors also posted just their third win at home over UCSB in 11 tries and also snapped a streak of eight Gaucho wins in their last nine matches in The Matadome.

TRIPLE VISION FOR ANGELA HUPP
Sophomore setter/outside hitter Angela Hupp (Acton/Paraclete HS) had an impressive weekend that saw her post triple-doubles in each match and come within one block of a rare quadruple-double. Hupp began the weekend with a 13 kill, 24 assist, 13 dig performance against No. 24 Cal Poly, then came back with 10 kills, 27 assists, 12 digs and nine blocks in the five-game win over UC Santa Barbara. Hupp leads the Big West with four triple-doubles this season and has nine in her one and a half seasons at Cal State Northridge. Hupp also has a team-high seven double-doubles this year and 15 for her career. Fellow setter Kayla Wright ranks second with five double-doubles in 2007 and she has 26 in her Matador career.

WRIGHT PASSES 2,000 CAREER ASSISTS
After moving into fourth place on the Northridge career assists list last week, junior setter Kayla Wright (Murrieta, CA/Murrieta Valley HS) had 51 assists in two matches last week to up her career total to 2,024 career helpers. Wright is now within 129 assists of Heather Hofmans (1995-96) who ranks third with 2,153 career assists. Fellow junior Amy Hultner (Garden Grove/Rosary HS) moved closer to the Northridge top 10 in career digs. With 40 digs against Cal Poly and UCSB last weekend, Hultner now has 860 career digs and is now just 40 digs away from moving past Patty Fitzsimmons (900 career digs from 1989-92) and into 10th place.

MATADORS UP IN BLOCKING DOWN IN ACES
In a direct reversal from last season, Northridge is among the top teams in the conference in blocking and among the bottom teams in service aces. After a weekend of impressive blocking statistics, the Matadors moved up to third in the Big West in blocking at 2.59. Only Cal Poly (3.18) and UC Irvine (2.61) ranks above Northridge in blocking. Individually, redshirt freshman Lynda Morales (Bakersfield/Centennial HS) moved up into a tie for second in blocking at 1.39 per game. The Matadors, the top team in the conference in aces last season, continue to languish near the bottom of the Big West in aces this season at 1.16 per game.

NORTHRIDGE "QUOTABLES"
Head coach Jeff Stork had this to say about last week's matches against No. 24 Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara:

"Against a good team (Cal Poly), I thought we played well," said Stork. "We're doing a good job of capitalizing on our opportunities. Our sideout percentage was good and and our point-scoring was OK."

"The win over Santa Barbara was historic and a good win over a team with great volleyball tradition," added Stork. "The match was a roller coaster ride but we're still not getting the consistency I'm looking for in my team."

On traveling to UC Riverside and UC Irvine this week:

"Riverside is trying to find a way to get some wins and they've created some opportunities to do that" said Stork. "But we haven't shown the consistency to say we can win any match."

"Both matches this weekend are crucial to see where we'll wind up in the Big West," Stork added. "We have to start beating the teams that are above us in the standings. We also need wins to get above the .500 mark for the season."

TOUGH SCHEDULE
Eight Matador opponents (the most of any team in the Big West) are named in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll this week. Washington (19-1) is the highest ranked Northridge opponent this week at No. 4. USC (17-3) is ranked sixth this week followed by seventh-ranked UCLA (16-4). San Diego (16-5) is ranked 12th this week followed by 14th-ranked Duke (16-4). Cal Poly (14-7) ranks 24th this week while Sacramento State (22-3) and Big West rival Long Beach State (13-6) both received votes in this week's top 25 poll. Last weekend Cal Poly was the first ranked opponent to play in The Matadome this season.

SCOUTING UC RIVERSIDE
The Highlanders bring a 5-14 overall record (1-7 Big West) into Friday's match in Riverside. UCR has lost four straight and nine of its last 10 matches including a home loss to UC Irvine (3-0) last week. The streak also includes a 3-0 loss to the Matadors on Sept. 29 in Northridge. The Highlanders lone conference win came in four games vs. UC Davis on Oct. 5. Senior Angie Mitchell averages a team-high 2.90 kills per game while sophomore Dominique Cowling is second at 2.62 kpg. Sophomore setter Brittney Murrey averages 10.34 assists per game while UCR is eighth in the Big West in team hitting at .181. Head coach Sue Gozansky (Cal Poly Pomona, 1968) is in her 38th season with the Highlanders and sports a 671-489-16 school record.

SCOUTING UC IRVINE
The Anteaters, who host Long Beach State on Friday before entertaining the Matadors on Saturday, are 16-7 overall (6-2 Big West) heading into this week's action. UC Irvine has won four of its last five matches including a 3-0 win over UC Riverside last week. The Anteaters are 8-3 on their home floor this season. Freshman Kari Pestolesi, who registered a team-high 19 kills in the win over UCR, leads the Anteaters averaging 3.89 kills per game. Junior Lauren Kellerman ranks second at 3.80 kpg. Sophomore setter Taryn Robertson averages 12.17 assists per game while UC Santa Barbara is hitting .240 as a team. Head coach Charlie Brande (UC Irvine, 1968) is in his eighth season with the Anteaters and sports a 113-118 career and school record.

- GO MATADORS -

Text-Only Website