Pacific Falls At Home To Cal State Northridge

#22 Jennifer Sanders - Photo by; Gary Jones
#22 Jennifer Sanders - Photo by; Gary Jones

Stockton, Calif. - Playing their second to last match of the 2012 season, the Pacific women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Cal State Northridge on Saturday, November 17. The loss dropped the Tigers to 20-10 on the year and 8-9 in Big West play while the Matadors improved to 19-10 overall and 10-6 in the conference.

Set scores for the match were: 25-21, 25-21, 25-17.

Opening the match against the Tigers, the Matadors were nearly flawless offensively in the first set as CSUN picked up 15 kills while not committing a single error. The Matadors prowess at the net, both offensively and defensively, proved to be the difference as a 7-7 set quickly turned into an 11-7 lead for CSUN. Throughout the set, the Matadors would lead by as much as six multiple times before closing the set with a four point win. 

The Matadors did not let up in the second set as they continued their dominance defensively at the net posting five more blocks in the first half of the frame. The block by the Matadors quickly put the Tigers into a 10-4 hole early in the set, creating a deficit Pacific could not recover from. The Matadors would push their lead to as much as seven, even leading 21-14 before the Tigers' block would close to just one at 22-21. However, CSUN would close on a 3-0 run to put Pacific into a 2-0 hole.

For the Tigers, the intermission between sets two and three would prove to be of no help as the Matadors picked up where they left off, grabbing two early blocks and putting Pacific behind 12-6 right out of the gate. Unlike the first two sets, the Matadors would not let up as CSUN pulled away for the sweep of the Tigers.

Overall, neither team put a player in double-figures in kills as junior Jennifer Sanders was the closest hitter to reaching 10 after posting a match-best nine kills on .353 hitting. Senior setter Hannah Clancy posted yet another double-double as she tallied 27 assists and 12 digs to go along with three kills. 

On the other side of the net, Mahina Haina finished one away from the 10-kill mark as she posted nine kills on 22 attacks while Casey Hinger finished with seven. Hinger added five blocks while Sam Kaul led the way with six total.

The Tigers will close out the 2012 season on Saturday, November 24, when Pacific hosts UC Davis at 7:00 pm from the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers will say goodbye to a trio of seniors before the night's festivities as Clancy, Gabby Cowden and Koala Matsuoka will all play their final collegiate match.