CSUN brings the heat to UCSD

CSUN player hits the ball
CSUN’s sophomore outside hitter, Dimitar Kalchev sets the ball on Wednesday night’s game against UC San Diego, on March 1, at the Matadome. Photo credit: Lauren Valencia

The Matadors men’s volleyball won 25-21 during the fourth set last night against UC San Diego Tritons.

It was a night filled with high-scoring numbers from junior Arvis Greene, with 24 points and a hitting percent of .410. Sophomore Dimitar Kalchev had 19 points and a hitting percent of .333.

Sophomore Eric Chance had 10 points and a hitting percent of .667, while senior CJ Suarez also put up a good number of points with 14 digs.

“We missed 17 serves tonight, but we also put up a lot of good numbers tonight,” said head coach Jeff Campbell.

CSUN was trailing UCSD by one, but quickly gained traction with a kill by Greene and a solo block by Chance, making the score 5-8.

The Matadors went on a seven-point run and junior Josiah Byers hit two back-to-back service aces. Later, it was a kill by Greene to end the first set 25-16.

Kalchev closed the set with a hitting percent of .667 and Greene with a hitting percent of .875.

Again, the Matadors found themselves behind to start. CSUN continued to trail behind UCSD until a kill by Kalchev tied up the set 20-20.

Both teams brought higher intensity, but CSUN with a .483 hitting percent could not hang on losing the second set 25-22 to the Tritons with a hitting percent of .273.

“During the second set we missed a lot of serves and that can change a set,” said Byers. “We brought it together though and did well in the last two sets.”

CSUN won the third set 18-25 with a kill by Maki.

“I rely on my team to communicate to me where I need to play the ball,” said Suarez.

The fourth set started with even scoring and then CSUN went on a three-point run with a serve by Kalchev and a monster kill by Byers. With two back-to-back attack errors by UCSD’s Shayne Beamer and Syftestad, the Matadors were at match point, and with a final kill by Chance, ended the match.

No. 12 CSUN takes on UC Irvine at 7 p.m. in the Matadome this Friday.