CSUN women’s volleyball nabs thrilling win on the road against UC Davis


Chris Torres

The Matadors beat the UC Davis Aggies in five sets on the road last Thursday. The win improves their record to 3-14 and 2-5 in conference play.

Randy Acosta, Reporter

CSUN women’s volleyball got their second conference win in a thrilling match against UC Davis on the road Thursday night. The Matadors improved to 3-14 overall and 2-5 in the Big West Conference after their 3-2 win.

CSUN had a 10-9 lead in the first set, but the Aggies went on a 4-0 run to take the lead. The Matadors then went on a 5-0 run led by CSUN outside hitter Lexi McLeod, which led to a Davis timeout. The Aggies tied the score at 15 after an ace from libero Shira Lahav. A kill by CSUN’s outside hitter Nicole Nevarez tied the score at 18, which led to a 8-1 run to give the Matadors the first set.

The Matadors opened up the second set with a kill from outside hitter Taylor Orshoff that gave them a 1-0 lead. Orshoff had a match-high 34 attempts and 14 kills. The Aggies and Matadors went back and forth and ended up tied at eight.

The Matadors were outscored 9-2, which led to a 16-10 Aggie lead. The Matadors battled back late in the set after a 4-0 run, which brought them within two, 21-19. However, it wasn’t enough as the Aggies went on a 4-0 run, giving them set two 25-19.

“I got a good amount of kills,” Orshoff said. “I think us as a team did really well too. We came out strong and took the game.”

CSUN jumped to a 6-3 lead in the third set after a kill from Orshoff. UCD fought back and went on a 3-0 run to tie it at six.

With the score knotted at nine, CSUN went on a 3-0 run that gave them a 12-9 lead. The Aggies got within two points of CSUN, but CSUN closed out the set 25-20 after an ace from libero Elizabeth Gannon that barely stayed in bounds.

UC Davis jumped to a 6-3 lead against CSUN in the fourth set with all three of the Matadors’ points coming from Orshoff. CSUN outside hitter Seyvion Waggoner was credited for three kills in a 4-0 run that gave the Matadors an 8-7 lead.

UC Davis went on a 4-0 run, giving them a 11-8 lead. The Aggies jumped to a seven point cushion (19-12) and eventually took the set 25-20 — creating a tied match at two sets a piece.

In a nail-biting finish with both teams going back and forth, the final saw no more than a two-point lead. The Matadors took the first point of the set after a kill by CSUN middle blocker Lauryn Anderson. The Aggies jumped to a 10-8 lead after an attack error by Waggoner, but CSUN tied it at 10 after a UC Davis hitting error by opposite hitter Olivia Utterback.

UC Davis tied the score at 13 a piece after a kill from middle blocker Josephine Ough. The Matadors took a 14-13 lead after a kill from Orshoff.

The final point came from a Nevarez kill that was struck to the right sideline and called in by the line judge. The Matadors took the final set 15-13 and the match 3-2.

“We hit extremely well and it was a good effort passing, serving and that’s what we really focused on,” said interim head coach Susie Terrusa. “We take any win as a confidence booster, so we hope to go into Saturday and get another win down there.”