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W-Vball: Matadors take hot streak on the road, face UCSB with second place on the line

W-Vball: Matadors take hot streak on the road, face UCSB with second place on the line

Alonso Tacanga

November 8, 2011

The Matadors have won five of their last six games. Four of those wins have come at the Matadome. Their lone loss in the span took place at Long Beach State, the Big West Conference’s leader that’s currently riding a nine-game winning streak. While the 49ers (17-6, 11-2 Big West) are just one win awa...

W-Vball: Haina, Matadors survive night of errors, sweep Pacific

W-Vball: Haina, Matadors survive night of errors, sweep Pacific

Alonso Tacanga

November 5, 2011

CSUN outside hitter Mahina Haina was having one miserable game and referee Rick Olmstead wasn’t helping her state of mind. With the Matadors leading 1-0 and ahead 26-25 in the second set of their Saturday night match-up against Pacific, CSUN setter Sydney Gedryn put down an apparent set-winning point to the opposite side's deep corner. Hain...

M-Bball: Matadors squash Lancers 86-51 in exhibition

M-Bball: Matadors squash Lancers 86-51 in exhibition

Alonso Tacanga

November 5, 2011

CSUN guard Josh Greene was the designated sixth man during the Matadors’ Saturday afternoon exhibition game against Cal Baptist, making his anxious return to the courts just a bit longer than he was hoping for. He finally went in five minutes into the game. Two minutes later, he took his first shot, a 3-point...

W-Vball: Matadors not surprised with obliteration of Aggies as they inch up in Big West standings

W-Vball: Matadors not surprised with obliteration of Aggies as they inch up in Big West standings

Alonso Tacanga

November 4, 2011

Following the Matadors’ 3-0 dismantling of 20-win Big West Conference rival UC Davis at the Matadome, CSUN head coach Jeff Stork was asked about the ease with which the his team repelled the Aggies Friday night. His response made it seem like the remarkable night was just another day at the office for CSUN (12-11, 6-5 Big West). “N...

W-Vball: Northridge begins last conference push with home games vs. UC Davis, Pacific

W-Vball: Northridge begins last conference push with home games vs. UC Davis, Pacific

Alonso Tacanga

November 2, 2011

With only six league games left in the season, the Matadors are part of a clump of teams fighting behind Long Beach State to earn a bid in the NCAA Tournament. The 49ers (16-6, 10-2 Big West) are quite a bit ahead of everyone else in the conference, however. “It’s no secret that Long Beach is a really great team,” said CSUN middle blocker Case...

W-Vball: Despite loss to 49ers, Matadors get split weekend

W-Vball: Despite loss to 49ers, Matadors get split weekend

Alonso Tacanga

October 29, 2011

CSUN had a golden opportunity to make its greedy weekend hopes a reality. Trailing 2-0 to Big West Conference leader Long Beach State Saturday night, the Matadors came out in the third set ready to give the 49ers and their Walter Pyramid fans a run for their money and got off to 10-5 lead. The advantage, the bigge...

W-Vball: Matadors’ winning streak to face road tests

W-Vball: Matadors’ winning streak to face road tests

Alonso Tacanga

October 26, 2011

Coming off two consecutive home wins against UC Irvine Oct. 15 and UC Riverside Saturday, CSUN head coach Jeff Stork has seen enough offensive improvements from the Matadors (10-10, 4-4 Big West) to like their chances going into Cal State Fullerton (9-12, 4-5) and Long Beach State (14-6, 8-2)  this ...

W-Vball: Matadors avoid collapse with strong fifth set, beat pesky Highlanders

W-Vball: Matadors avoid collapse with strong fifth set, beat pesky Highlanders

Alonso Tacanga

October 22, 2011

UC Riverside was coming off a tremendous comeback at UC Santa Barbara. Down 2-0, the last-place Highlanders had rallied spiritedly and taken down the second-best team in the Big West Conference record-wise, 3-2, on Oct. 15. Fast-forward to a week later, Saturday at the Matadome, and there were the Highlanders again falling behind 2-...

W-Vball: CSUN doesn’t want unpleasant surprise, host uCR

W-Vball: CSUN doesn’t want unpleasant surprise, host uCR

Alonso Tacanga

October 19, 2011

A virus has been going around Redwood Hall, and it’s made its way to CSUN head coach Jeff Stork. The 10th-year coach was said to have some kind of flu and was unable to run practice Wednesday. There was a chance he’d miss today’s session also, a team source said. “It’s different without him (in practice),” CSUN set...

W-Vball: Despite being a freshman, Hinger isn’t afraid to show her competitive side

W-Vball: Despite being a freshman, Hinger isn’t afraid to show her competitive side

Alonso Tacanga

October 17, 2011

Whether the Matadors need a clutch kill or a skilled vocalist for karaoke night, Casey Hinger is your go-to person, CSUN head coach Jeff Stork said. “She was the lead singer for her high school play,” Stork said of her freshman middle blocker. “That takes a confident person. All that stuff overflows in what she does on the volleyball court....

W-Vball: Matadors back on winning side with beatdown of UC Irvine

W-Vball: Matadors back on winning side with beatdown of UC Irvine

Alonso Tacanga

October 15, 2011

The Matadors hadn’t known victory since their Oct. 1 takedown of defending Big West Conference champion Cal State Fullerton. Having gone on a three-game road trip that left a sour taste bigger than the last at each stop, CSUN had to win Saturday’s game against UC Irvine to remain relevant in the conference championship race. Win they did, 3-0 at th...

W-Vball: CSUN coach looking for ‘extra hitter’ as Matadors visit Cal Poly

W-Vball: CSUN coach looking for ‘extra hitter’ as Matadors visit Cal Poly

Alonso Tacanga

October 12, 2011

Despite a 3-0 Saturday setback at UC Davis that has the Matadors (8-9, 2-3 Big West) on a two-game losing streak, CSUN head coach Jeff Stork had some weekend kudos to hand out upon his return to Northridge, particularly to star opposite hitter Mahina Haina. “She had two kills in the first set, seven in the second, eight in the third,...

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