Matadors Sweep Fairfield in Fremont Opener
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Junior Val Kepler pounded a team-high 13 kills while hitting an impressive .684 as Cal State Northridge rolled to a 30-28, 30-19, 30-16 win in its opener of the 2007 Fremont Investment & Loan Invitational in The Matadome.
With the win, the Matadors improve to 12-18 overall while the Stags drop to 21-12.
Kepler led three Northridge hitters in double figures with 13 kills. The junior also added nine blocks and a pair of digs while hitting a season-high .684. Sophomore Angela Hupp added 12 kills (.286) eight digs and four blocks and freshman Brittany Williams rounded out a solid Matador hitting night with 11 kills and one error in 24 swings for a .417 hitting clip. Matador setter Kayla Wright registered a double-double with 42 assists and 10 digs while libero Amy Hultner posted a match-high 17 digs.
For Fairfield, Katie Mann had a team-high 10 kills (.368) and Kelly Oliver added eight kills but hit just .074. As a team, the Stags hit .101 (32-22-119) to .289 (56-19-128) for the Matadors.
Northridge also out-blocked Fairfield 12.5 to 2.0 and served six aces to one for the Stags.
The Matadors led start to finish in game one as they broke open an 18-15 game with a 7-0 run to take their largest lead at 25-15. The Stags answered with a 4-0 run to cut the Northridge lead to 25-19 before a Williams kill boosted the lead back to 26-19. But Fairfield would not go away as Oliver and Mann teamed up to block Hupp forcing a Matador timeout at 27-25. A Kepler kill out of the timeout gave Northridge the cushion it would need as the Matadors took game one 30-28 despite the Stags closing to within one twice down the stretch.
The Matadors, who never trailed in either of the next two games, bolted out to a 13-4 lead in game two and never looked back. The Northridge lead was never less than seven points the remainder of the game and the Matadors hit .300 to .083 for the Stags in taking a 2-0 lead.
Game three was similar as Northridge took command early scoring 14 of the first 17 points capped by a pair of Williams kills. Fairfield closed to within 15-8 on a Lauren Hughes kill but would get no closer the rest of the way as the Matadors took the game 30-16 and the match 3-0.
In Friday's earlier match, Cal State Fullerton defeated Idaho 30-26, 30-27, 30-22 behind 14 kills from Brittany Moore.
Saturday's action begins at 4 p.m. with Cal State Fullerton taking on Fairfield followed by Idaho and Northridge at 7 p.m.
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