Cal State Northridge 3, No. 8 Hawaii 2 Box Score
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- After nearly three hours on Thursday night, Cal State Northridge finally got the signature win it was looking for as the Matadors topped eighth-ranked Hawaii, 30-32, 28-26, 25-25, 25-22, 15-10 in a Big West match at The Matadome.
In defeating the Rainbow Wahine for the first time in its history, CSUN improved to 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the Big West Conference. The Matadors also picked up their first win against a ranked opponent since defeating No. 25 Long Beach State in 2008.
CSUN also had then-No. 7 Hawai'i on the ropes in Northridge last season before the Rainbow Wahine pulled out a 19-17 win in the fifth set. Thursday's match proved to be just as big a battle between two of the conference's front runners as both the first two sets went to extra points.
Junior Casey Hinger put down a team-high 16 kills (.143) and completed her first career double-double by adding a career-high 11 digs. Hinger also added eight blocks and one ace in a solid all-around match. Cieana Stinson added 15 kills (.258) while Mahina Haina added 12 (.083) and Natalie Allen had 11 (.323). Allen, Britney Graff and libero Kelcie Randazzo combined for 45 of CSUN's 66 digs.
Sam Kaul hit a team-high .421 with nine kills in 19 swings with just one error while Gedryn handed our 49 assists to go with seven kills, two aces, five digs and eight blocks.
The Matadors overcame a match-high 25 kills from Emily Hartong who hit just .174 on 69 attacks. The All-American also had 10 digs and four blocks in the loss.
The first two sets set the stage for an epic battle between the two teams. CSUN saved three set points in the opening frame before taking a 27-26 lead on a Nikki Taylor hitting error. But Hawai'i saved that set point and three more, the last at 30-29, before scoring the final three points of the set in a 32-30 win.
The Matadors rebounded in set two, opening up what looked like an insurmountable 19-12 lead on a Alia Casino ace. But the Rainbow Wahine stormed back to get within one point late when Stinson's attack was stuffed pulling Hawai'i within 21-20. A UH service error followed by a Randazzo ace put CSUN on top 23-20 but a 4-0 Rainbow Wahine run set UH up with set point at 24-23. Hartong;s ensuing attack went long and the set was headed to extra points.
Neither team led by more than two points in the decisive fifth set until Gedryn's kill heading into the changeover fueled a 4-0 Matador run which put CSUN in front to stay 11-7. Hartong's kill got Hawai'i within 12-9 before a pair of kills Hinger and one from Haina gave the Matadors the 15-10 win.
No. 9 San Diego 3, Saint Mary's (Calif.) 0 Box Score
MORAGA, Calif. -- No. 9 San Diego cruised to a 3-0 win against Saint Mary's (Calif.) Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference match.
With the 25-21, 25-22, 25-22 win, the Toreros improve to 16-3 overall, move into sole possession of second place in the WCC at 8-2, and run their winning streak to seven. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 11-7 overall and 7-3 in the WCC.
Both Alaysia Brown and Taylor Hollins recorded 10 kills a piece with Hollings adding in 10 digs to record a double-double. Chloe Ferrari had nine kills, while both Sandra Lozic and Katie Hoekman chipped in with eight kills, and C'era Oliveira recorded a team-best 16 digs to pace the defense. Rachel Alvey (20 assists) and Jianna Bonomi (19 assists and 10 digs) helped steer the USD offense to a .224 team attack percentage.
In the first set, it was a close nit battle in the early going. Then with USD trailing 15-12, a Hoekman kill sparked a 10-4 San Diego run, that was capped on a Ferrari service ace, to give USD a 22-19 lead, forcing the Gaels into a timeout. USD then cruised its way to a 25-21 win to capture the first set.
In the second set, it was again close in the early going. Then with USD leading 10-8, a Sandra Lozic kill sparked a 10-5 Torero run to force the Gaels into a timeout with San Diego leading 20-13. USD never looked back, as they cruised their way to a 25-22 win to go into the break up two-sets-to-none.
In the third and final set, the Gaels raced out to a 4-1 lead to grab the early momentum. USD then began to fight back, but the Gaels refused to relinquish the lead and remained in front, eventually taking a 17-14 lead, forcing USD into a timeout. USD then fought back and eventually took the lead on a SMC attack error at 21-20. USD then never relinquished the lead, as they completed the sweep with a 25-22 win.