A sweep? Two more roadies for CSUN

Emin Avakian

The Northridge women’s volleyball team is still playing to win, needless to say. Despite being out of the race in the Big West Conference, Head Coach Jeff Stork is going to have the Matadors training hard and focused on the task at hand, which is traveling to Stockton and Davis to take on the Tigers and the Aggies Friday and Saturday respectively. For the only time in 2008, the Matadors will look to sweep a season series as they defeated the Tigers earlier in conference play. Pacific’s four-match win streak was snapped Saturday at the hands of the UC Irvine Anteaters. The Aggies are also at the bottom half in the Big West standings.

They will face Cal State Fullerton before welcoming Northridge.?

Last Game: Loss (3-1) at Cal State Fullerton
Kills leader: Angela Hupp (288)
Digs leader: Kelley Hanson (325)?

Matador to watch:?
Brittany Williams, sophomore, outside hitter
Williams is second on the team with 237 kills (2.42 per set). She pounded 16 kills in the Matadors win over Cal State Bakersfield, which snapped a four-match skid as well as an eight-game road losing streak.

@ Pacific Tigers
Series Record: Pacific leads 9-7
Last Meeting: Pacific 1 @ CSUN 3 (2008)

Tiger to Watch:?
Mallori Gibson, junior, outside hitter?

Gibson leads Pacific with 281 kills (3.47 per set), and 333 points (4.11 per set). Her 27 aces are good for second on the squad behind Svenja Engelhardt’s 31. She is third on the team with 177 digs.

@ UC Davis Aggies
Series Record: Matadors lead 7-4
Last Meeting: UCD 3 @ CSUN 0 (2008)

Aggie to watch:?
Renee Ibekwe, senior, outside hitter?

Ibekwe fell from the top spot of the Big West kills’ board after Cal State Fullerton senior Brittany Moore’s 39-kill weekend displaced her. Ibekwe ranks second in the conference at 3.71 kills per set (352 total).?

What did she say??
Samantha Orlandini, freshman, setter on the team’s preparation going into the final three matches of the season:
‘Practice has been really intense and we have been working really hard.’