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Weekly Column: MLB’s regular season way too long, postseason needs to adopt more teams

Weekly Column: MLB’s regular season way too long, postseason needs to adopt more teams

Alonso Tacanga

October 11, 2011

The Tampa Bay Rays’ path into the 2011 MLB playoffs was one of the most exciting runs baseball fans ever witnessed. Erasing a nine-game deficit in the standings in less than a month to storm into the postseason, the Rays’ comeback won over haters while breaking the collapsing Red Sox fans’ hearts into pieces. A marath...

W-Vball: Haina unable to save Matadors in Davis

W-Vball: Haina unable to save Matadors in Davis

Alonso Tacanga

October 8, 2011

Sets No. 2 and 3 of Saturday night's Big West Conference match between CSUN and UC Davis were very similar: the Matadors got behind early, then, carried by opposite hitter Mahina Haina, chopped at the Aggies' lead little by little until the game became a matter of wills into the 20's. Unfortunate...

W-Vball: Matadors’ third-set loss their undoing in defeat at Pacific

W-Vball: Matadors’ third-set loss their undoing in defeat at Pacific

Alonso Tacanga

October 7, 2011

The CSUN women's volleyball team (8-8, 2-2 Big West) responded strongly following a first-set loss and looked like it'd take the lead in the third against Pacific at the Spanos Center, but a furious comeback by the Tigers (11-7, 2-3) proved to be too much as the Matadors dropped a 3-1 Big West Conference decision Friday ...

W-Vball: Matadors seek to keep pace atop Big West, on the road at Pacific, Davis

W-Vball: Matadors seek to keep pace atop Big West, on the road at Pacific, Davis

Alonso Tacanga

October 5, 2011

When asked about the Matadors’ chances for their next game, Friday at Pacific, CSUN middle blocker Casey Hinger gave her usual self-assured forecast. “I have total confidence in our team’s ability to take down (Pacific),” Hinger said. The statement was no shocker. Confidence is one thing Hinger’s never ...

W-Vball: Matadors stun Fullerton with home sweep

W-Vball: Matadors stun Fullerton with home sweep

Alonso Tacanga

October 1, 2011

It had been three times this season the Matadors had partly looked like a championship-contending team at home only to end up crumbling under the pressure and superior play of their opponents. It was beginning to look like that again on Saturday night at the Matadome against the defending Big West Conference champion Titans. This time, however, CSUN (8-7, 2-1 Big West) ...

W-Vball Notebook: Hinger walks her pregame talk

W-Vball Notebook: Hinger walks her pregame talk

Alonso Tacanga

September 26, 2011

Before the Matadors headed to Riverside for their Big West Conference opening game against the Highanders, CSUN freshman Casey Hinger did some mild smack talk. “I can’t wait to go beat them,” she said. Hinger backed up her talk by putting down eight kills to help CSUN (7-6, 1-0 Big West) sweep UC Riverside on Saturday at the UCR Student Recreation Center. It was th...

W-Vball notebook: Despite losses, Matadors still confident entering Big-West season

W-Vball notebook: Despite losses, Matadors still confident entering Big-West season

Alonso Tacanga

September 19, 2011

Having lost two straight games heading into Big-West-Conference play does not seem to faze the Matadors (6-6). CSUN dropped games to UCLA and BYU last week, but the setbacks apparently didn’t do much to diminish its players’ confidence. Freshman middle blocker Casey Hinger is actually quite certa...

W-Vball: CSUN looks to finish non-conference season with home win vs. BYU

W-Vball: CSUN looks to finish non-conference season with home win vs. BYU

Alonso Tacanga

September 14, 2011

CSUN head coach Jeff Stork saw three teams during the Matadors’ 3-0 Monday loss at No. 6 UCLA: the Bruins, the Matadors and … the Matadors again. One CSUN team played up to the level of UCLA, and even beyond. The other didn’t look good enough to make the Bruins’ practice squad. “Consistency is always something we’re trying to achieve,” Stork s...

W-Vball: CSUN’s inconsistencies dooms them at No. 6 UCLA

Alonso Tacanga

September 12, 2011

The mere prospect of taking a single set from a powerhouse had the Matadors feeling chipper midway through the third set of their Monday night match-up against almighty, No. 6 UCLA. Then, disaster. “UCLA woke up and it didn’t end up being our best game,” CSUN middle blocker Casey Hinger said. At ...

M-Bball: Freshmen learning to deal with disappointment of first-year ban

M-Bball: Freshmen learning to deal with disappointment of first-year ban

Alonso Tacanga

August 29, 2011

CSUN freshman point guard Allan Guei’s letter-of-intent signing was a huge event back in April at Compton High School. His head coach was there. His classmates were there. Even NBAer, Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan, a former Compton standout himself, was there, proud to see him sign. And as the point guard committed his name onto ...

W-Soccer: Matadors remain winless as Texas hammers them 5-1

Alonso Tacanga

August 28, 2011

The high expectations the CSUN women's soccer  team have for the 2011 season took another early hit on Sunday as Texas handed the Matadors an embarrassing 5-1 defeat, dropping them to 0-3-0 to start the season. Just like against Baylor two days before, CSUN fell behind early. Texas senior forward...

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