Sept. 12, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Cal State Northridge completed the final day of action at the Nike Cougar Challenge with a split as the Matadors defeated Idaho in four sets and lost to Washington State in three sets Saturday at Boehler Gym.
In Saturday's first match, Northridge snapped its four-match losing streak by defeating the Idaho Vandals (4-4) by a score of 25-13, 19-25, 25-10, 28-26.
The Matadors hit .237 as a team and improved to 3-5 behind 14 kills from senior Angela Hupp, 11 from junior Brittany Williams and 10 from freshman Britney Graff. Graff and Sam Orlandini each contributed three aces apiece to the Northridge cause while Tela Burnett added seven kills (.875) and seven blocks.
On defense, the Matadors held the Vandals to a season-low hitting clip of .073 and posted a 64-51 advantage in digs as Monica McFarland and Karina Woehrstein combined for 33 digs and three aces.
Sarah Conwell led Idaho with 13 kills while Alicia Milo added 12 and Meredith Rice posted 17 digs.
In Saturday's nightcap, the Matadors (3-6) had a second chance to deal the host Washington State Cougars (10-0) their first loss of the season but came up short in three sets.
After dropping the first two sets, 25-14 and 25-19, Northridge battled but fell 25-22. Hupp led the Matadors with 11 kills (.143) while Graff also reached double figures in kills with 10 (.189). Graff also had a team-high 14 digs in the loss.
Northridge travels to Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, Sept. 15 before opening the home season next Friday, Sept. 18 against Fresno State.
- GO MATADORS -