SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Down two games to none, Cal State Northridge battled back to win the final three games in a 28-30, 28-30, 30-23, 30-27, 15-9 thriller in the Matadors' opening match of the Sacramento State Invitational on Friday night.
With the win, the Matadors improve to 3-4 while the Jaspers drop to 1-6.
Freshman middle Lynda Morales' career-high 17 kills led five Northridge hitters in double figures. Morales was virtually unstoppable on offense as she tallied 17 kills with just three errors in 28 swings for an impressive .500 hitting clip. Fellow middle Val Kepler added 15 kills (.321) while Harmony Burdine (.310) and Alex Johnson (.212) each added 13 kills. Sophomore Angela Hupp rounded out the quintet of double figure hitters with a triple-double of 11 kills, 32 assists and 11 digs.
Matador libero Amy Hultner posted a match-high 14 digs to go with a pair of aces while Kelley Hanson added 12 digs and a season-high five aces.
For Manhattan, Jaci Rahey knocked down a match-high 22 kills (.447) while Diane Strutner added 21 (.306). Rahey also added a pair of aces while Jasper setter Alyssa Getzel tallied 53 assists and 10 digs.
Manhattan hit .414 as a team in game two to take a two games to none lead in the match. The Matadors would not go away as they hit .372 in game three, .238 in game four and an even .500 in game five to reclaim the match.
The Matadors had 78 kills as a team to 63 for the Jaspers and wound up hitting .292 as a team to .261 for Manhattan. Northridge also took advantage of an 11-5 advantage in aces and out-pointed the Jaspers 98.0 t0 78.0
Cal State Northridge continues the Sacramento State Invitational on Saturday morning as the Matadors take on Oregon State at 10 a.m. Northridge closes out the day at 7:30 p.m. against the host Hornets.