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Northridge Drops Straight Set Decision at UC Irvine
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Nov. 7, 2009

Final Stats

IRVINE, Calif. - After a tough five-set loss at UC Riverside on Friday, Cal State Northridge fell in straight sets 26-24, 26-24, 25-17 in a Big West match at UC Irvine on Saturday.

The loss is the fifth straight for the Matadors who slip to 7-19 overall and 3-9 in the Big West. The Anteaters improve to 19-6 overall and 8-4 in conference with the win.

Junior Lynda Morales was a bright spot for Northridge as she had a team-high 11 kills while hitting .318. Senior Angela Hupp added seven kills (.208), 17 assists and nine digs for the Matadors who hit just .118 as a team.

After trailing by as many as five (22-17) in the first set, Northridge engineered a 7-0 run to claim a 24-22 lead. With two chances to take the first set, a Kari Pestolesi kill followed by a block on Tela Burnett evened the set and propelled the Anteaters on a 4-0 wun which claimed the set.

UCI looked to have set two in hand at 13-6 but the Matadors continually chipped away at the lead and ultimately knotted the score at 23-23 following a Morales kill. Burnett's service error gave UCI set point at 24-23 but Chelsea Johnson forced extra points with a kill. But back-to-back Anteater kills ended any Northridge hope as the Matadors went down two sets to none.

Set three was close until 11-11 when UCI claimed eight of the next 10 points to open up a 19-13 advantage. The Matadors were able to get within five at 22-17 on a Hupp kill but three straight UCI points ended the match.

Julianne Piggott fired a match-high 18 kills for the Anteaters in the win.

Cal State Northridge returns home to open a two-match homestand which will wrap up the 2009 home schedule. The Matadors host Long Beach State on Friday, Nov. 13 before hosting Cal State Fullerton on Saturday for Senior Night.



Junior Lynda Morales had 11 kills in the Matadors' loss to UC Irvine

Junior Lynda Morales had 11 kills in the Matadors' loss to UC Irvine