The Matadors started their road trip off with two losses to the University of Hawai’i. Both matches CSUN(5-10, 3-8 MPSF) fell 3-1 and were out-hit by the No. 7 Rainbow Warriors (11-3, 8-2 MPSF).
In the first match, the Matadors fell 3-1 to the Rainbow Warriors. The first set was close, with Hawai’i taking it 25-22, while the second was dominated by the Rainbow Warriors 25-12. But the Matadors were not going away easy and fought back in the third set winning it 30-28. Hawai’i then won the fourth and final set with an identical score.
Leading the Matadors was junior outside hitter Sam Holt who had 13 kills, but hit 0.58 on 52 attacks. He also added six digs, three blocks and two aces in the match. Senior middle back Greg Faulkner had eight kills, hit .500 and added five blocks.
Starting in place of injured senior setter Travis Magorien, sophomore setter John Peachy added 27 assists and six digs. Coming off the bench, senior outside hitter Kyle Stevenson had five kills, hit .333 with four digs and three blocks.
The Matadors hit .126 to the Rainbow Warriors’ .217. With only 38 kills, CSUN also were outdone by Hawai’i’s 59. The Matadors also had 39 digs and three aces while the Rainbow Warriors put up 60 digs and nine aces.
Match two brought another four set Rainbow Warrior victory. CSUN took set one 25-23, but lost the next three 25-20, 25-17 and 25-22.
Freshman middle back Josiah Byers (.421), junior outside hitter Sam Holt (.368), senior middle back Greg Faulkner (.316) and senior outside hitter Kyle Stevenson (.241) each added 10 kills for the Matadors. Faulkner and Buyers each had five blocks and Stevenson added seven digs. Senior setter Travis Magorien had 39 assists and 6 digs.
Once again, the Matadors were out-hit by the Rainbow Warriors .338 to .246 and shut down with the Hawai’i’s 64 kills to their 48. This match had zero service aces for the Matadors, but five for Hawai’i. However, the Matadors did have 13 blocks to the Rainbow Warriors’ 8.5.
The Matadors continue their road trip, taking on the UCLA Bruins March 3 at Pauley Pavilion at 7p.m.