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Matadors Continue Their Winning Ways, Beat Fullerton 3-1
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Matadors Continue Their Winning Ways, Beat Fullerton 3-1
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FULLERTON, Calif. -- For the first time in 2002, the Cal State Northridge Matadors know what it feels like to win a match on the road, defeating Cal State Fullerton 3-1 (30-20, 30-20, 27-30, 30-20) in Titan Gym on Friday Night (Oct. 25).

The Matadors improved to 10-8 overall and 5-5 in the Big West while snapping an eight-match road losing streak that dated back to last year’s season finale loss at UC Santa Barbara. Northridge is now 1-7 on the road in 2002 and will have another crack at a road win tomorrow night in a 7 p.m. match at UC Riverside. For Fullerton, the losing continues, as the Titans have now lost 17 consecutive matches on the year, dropping to 4-19 overall and 0-10 in the Big West.

Statistically, the Matadors dominated the match, winning every category. Northridge had 66 kills to just 49 for CSF and registered 12.0 blocks to the Titans’ 6.0. The Matadors also outhit Fullerton .240 (66K, 23E, 179TA) to .079 (49K, 34E, 191TA). But the big difference in the match was in ball control, as Northridge served up 11 aces to just three for the Titans while compiling 88 digs, compared to just 70 for Fullerton.

The Matadors won the defensive battle thanks to three career highs. Freshman libero Sevryn Demos was stellar in defense recording a match- and career-high 25 digs. Sophomore setter Nadine Nickel also had a great defensive night with a career-best 23 digs while completing her fifth straight double-double with 52 assists. Sophomore outside hitter Jessika Hammerich played the entire match as a defensive specialist, recording a career-best 18 digs.

Senior outside hitter Jennifer McNees also had a double-double with a match-high 19 kills and 14 digs. She also added three total blocks and two service aces.

The other senior outside hitter, Erica Aere, also had a solid outing with 15 kills and four total blocks while adding a match-high four service aces.

Sophomore outside hitter Heather Kirby was the only other Matador to reach double figures in kills with 13.

Senior middle blocker Liz Naegle gave the Matadors an all-around performance with eight kills, a match-high six total blocks, three aces and two digs.