Oct. 7, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Despite junior Angela Hupp's nine kills, Cal State Northridge had trouble getting its offense on track as Long Beach State dealt the Matadors a 25-18, 25-21, 25-21 setback Tuesday at the Walter Pyramid.
The loss, Northridge's 10th straight, drops the Matadors to 5-13 overall and 0-5 in the Big West. The 49ers take their sixth straight over Northridge and improve to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Hupp had nine kills while hitting .227 to go with 10 digs for her second consecutive double-double and fifth this season. Sophomore Brittany Williams added eight kills but was held to a negative hitting percentage (-.055) for the second time in her last three matches. Sophomore Siara Grayson chipped in seven kills (.074) and 13 digs and fellow sophomore Lynda Morales had seven kills while hitting a team-best .308. The Matadors did not help themselves on offense as they hit under .200 (.059) for the third straight match.
Northridge held a pair of slim two-point leads in the first set as a Quincy Verdin hitting error gave the Matadors a 10-8 lead and a Sam Orlandini kill gave Northridge an 11-9 cushion. A Morales kill kept the Matadors in front 13-12 before back-to-back Long Beach State points gave the 49ers the lead for good at 14-13. Northridge managed to tie the score at 14-14 and 17-17 before seven straight Long Beach points put the set out of reach.
The second set was much of the same as the Matadors held another 11-9 lead following a Lauren Minkel service error. But another 3-0 Long Beach run gave the 49ers a 12-11 and the Matadors would not lead again. A Morales ace knotted the score for the final time at 17-17 and the Matadors would pull within one three times down the stretch, the last at 21-20, before Long Beach outscored Northridge 4-1 down the stretch to take a two sets to none lead.
After falling behind 5-1 early in the third set, the Matadors used a 5-0 run to take an 8-6 lead capped by a Hupp ace. Northridge would hold an 18-17 lead deep in the final set after a Caitlin Ledoux attack error. The 49ers, however, answered with a 3-0 run to force a Matador timeout at 20-18. A Brittney Herzog hitting error pulled Northridge within one at 20-19 but the Matadors would get no closer as Long Beach pulled away with three consecutive points. A Naomi Washington kill at match point sealed the Matadors 10th straight loss.
Ledoux led the 49ers with a match-high 10 kills (.219) while Washington (.375) and Verdin (.160) each added eight kills. Long Beach libero Iris Murray posted a match-high 14 digs.
Cal State Northridge returns home to open a three-match homestand beginning Saturday, Oct. 11 against Cal State Fullerton. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Matadome.
- GO MATADORS -