UC Irvine Downs Matadors in Four Games, 25-30, 30-17, 30-20, 30-26
IRVINE, Calif. - Junior Jenn Probert tallied a team-high 11 kills but it wasn't enough as UC Irvine defeated Cal State Northridge 25-30, 30-17, 30-20, 30-26 on Saturday at UCI's Crawford Court.
With the win, the Anteaters remain in third place in the Big West standings with a 7-3 record (17-8 overall) while Cal State Northridge falls to 9-15 (6-6) overall.
The Matadors were led by Probert, who had 11 kills while Val Kepler led all players with eight block assists. Amy Hultner totaled 13 digs with Angela Hupp totaling 23 assists.
Freshman Kari Pestolesi recorded a career-high 24 kills to lead UC Irvine. Pestolesi was one of three Anteaters to reach double-digit kills with junior Lauren Kellerman putting away 19 kills and senior Kristin Kelley adding 13.
The Anteaters managed just a .185 average in game one, falling behind early as the Matadors turned a three-point margin into eight (18-10) delivering blocks on three UCI attempts to highlight the run. UCI closed the gap to three, reeling off five straight points to trail 21-18 but would get no closer. The Anteaters committed seven service errors in the frame as CSUN took the first game on a kill from Alex Johnson.
UCI responded in game two with a .438 hitting percentage, committing just three errors as a team. At 9-9, UCI went on a 7-2 run for its largest lead of the match at 16-11. CSUN came as close as three points at 19-16 but UCI scored the next 10 points to take a commanding 29-16 advantage. A UCI blocking error halted the run but CSUN's Lynda Morales committed an attack error on game point.
The Anteaters took the early lead in game three at 10-5 and widened the margin to seven at 17-10 on a Matador miscue. CSUN chipped the lead down to four (19-15) on a kill from Kayla Wright but UCI rattled off three straight points to force a CSUN timeout at 24-16. The Matadors came out of the timeout with points on consecutive plays but UCI put the game out of reach and went on to take a 2-1 games lead.
The Matadors kept the match close in game four until a consecutive errors gave UCI a four-point cushion at 15-11. With UCI leading 23-20, Hultner fired two service aces and the Anteaters committed an attack error as the Matadors tied the score. Pestolesi followed a UCI timeout with a cross-court kill and Probert and Alex Johnson committed consecutive attack errors to give UCI a 26-23 lead. Robertson connected with Homan for a shot down the middle to end the match.
- GO MATADORS -