CSUN women’s volleyball goes perfect in UNLV Classic

    CSUN's Monica McFarland (3) spikes the ball while UCLA defenders try to block during the home opener game September 14, 2010 Patrick Dilanchian/ Contributing Photographer

    The Matadors received a total of 41 kills from freshman Mahina Haina over the weekend as they won their first tournament of the season at the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas.

    CSUN (6-7) went a perfect 3-0 by beating UNLV on Friday, Xavier and San Jose State on Saturday. 

    CSUN vs. UNLV

    Behind Haina’s match-high 14 kills, CSUN recorded its first straight sets victory of the season, beating the Rebels on Friday (25-11, 25-17, 25-18).

    “She’s extremely good offensively,” head coach Jeff Stork said about Haina’s performance. “She was our go-to player of the weekend, coming off very aggressive.”

    The Matadors only trailed twice the whole match.

    “UNLV is a little unorthodox but we handled them very well having a good scouting plan going in,” Stork said.

    CSUN vs. Xavier 

    The Matadors dropped their first set against Xavier (7-5) but bounce back to win in four sets (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18) on Saturday morning. 

    Several players contributed to the comeback win. 

    Junior setter Sam Orlandini had 50 assists (.333), while Haina (.481) had another match-high 15 kills. 

    CSUN vs. San Jose State

    The Matadors closed out the tournament with a 4-1 victory over the Spartans (25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19).

    “The third set was sloppy but it was a overall good match win,” Stork said. 

    Haina had a team-high 12 kills (.200) plus nine digs, leading the way as the players shared the wealth adding up to 52 kills as a team. 

    According to Stork, the team played steady and came up with many sideouts. 

    The team’s toughest set came in the fourth. 

    It was a close set but until the team executed four straight points opening up a 14-9 lead. From then on, the lead was never less than four points. 

    “It was a good weekend overall,” Stork said. “We played with lots of confidence.”