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CSUN men’s volleyball: Sorting MPSF seedings at BYU

Victor Corona

April 14, 2010

The regular season for No. 3 CSUN comes to end this weekend, as the Matadors travel to Utah for back-to-back matches Friday and Saturday night against No. 2 BYU for a shot at the MPSF regular season title. “Our entire regular season boils down to these two matches,” redshirt freshmen John Baker said. “If we win both we are in a fantas...

CSUN wins, as seniors get honored

Victor Corona

April 12, 2010

The No. 3 Matadors capped off a perfect 4-0 spring break record with a hard fought sweep of No. 12 Penn State Saturday night (30-27, 30-24, 30-25) at the Matadome, as the five graduating seniors were honored before the match with a ceremony. “It’s a good way to go out and it was fun,” s...

CSUN men’s volleyball homestand begins with No. 1 Stanford

Victor Corona

March 30, 2010

The Matadors return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this Friday and Saturday night against No.1 Stanford and Pacific at the Matadome for the start of a four-match homestand after playing three non-conference matches. “That was a rough travel to get out there (Muncie, Ind.),”...

CSUN splits against Ball State

Victor Corona

March 28, 2010

The Matadors had a bit of Jekyll and Hyde happen on their trip to the Midwest as CSUN split a pair of matches Friday and Saturday night against Ball State at Worthen Arena. After sweeping the Cardinals on Friday, the Matadors loss in straight sets to Ball State on Saturday. “We played well in the first match (Friday), we were fresh…we executed well and...

CSUN goes Midwest to face Ball State

Victor Corona

March 24, 2010

After almost two weeks off, No. 3 CSUN heads east of the state of Utah for the first time in more than two years, as they travel to Muncie, Ind. for a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday against Ball State at Worthen Arena. “It is important for us to be playing Midwest teams and East coast teams,”...

CSUN in review: So far, so good

Victor Corona

March 22, 2010

As the Matadors get ready to travel to Muncie, Ind. this weekend to take on Ball State, CSUN (15-6, 11-6 MPSF) remains in the hunt for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season title, one game behind co-leaders Pepperdine and Stanford. The Waves and Cardinal sit atop the conference...

In a non-conference match the Matadors cruise by Chicago-Loyola in three sets at the Matadome

Victor Corona

March 14, 2010

Big night from middle blockers Kevin McKniff and Jacek Ratajczak helped No. 3 CSUN sweep past No. 12 Loyola-Chicago (30-22, 30-27, 30-22) Saturday night at the Matadome. McKniff and Ratajczak combined on 25 kills on 30 swings, while redshirt freshman John Baker, who was recruited by the Ramblers coming out...

Matadors shake road woes at SB

Victor Corona

March 11, 2010

Struggling on the road the past few weeks, losing three out of their last four games away from the Matadome, the No. 3 Matadors got a big conference win on Wednesday night in Santa Barbara, sweeping the Gauchos 3-0. Redshirt freshman John Baker led the way for the Matadors (14-6, 11-6 MPSF) with 13...

CSUN men’s volleyball splits against Hawai’i at the Matadome

Victor Corona

March 7, 2010

Jacek Ratajczak career night on Friday helped the Matadors split a pair of weekend matches against No. 8 Hawai’i 3-2 and 0-3. In game one the senior middle blocker from Warsaw, Poland had a career-high 30 kills, while hitting an impressive .732 on 41 swings against the Warriors. “He had a career night,” head coach Jeff Campbell said. “They were do...

CSUN men’s volleyball: Back-to-back matches against the Warriors at the Matadome

Victor Corona

March 3, 2010

After losing three out of four matches on the road the last two weeks, No. 3 CSUN returns home this weekend for back-to-back matches against No. 8 Hawai’i Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. “We knew two weeks ago, that the next two weeks were going to be tough with Irvine, SC, UCLA...

Recognition for a quiet leader

Victor Corona

March 2, 2010

Anyone who has attended a collegiate volleyball match might notice that there is a player with a different color jersey among the six players for each team. He is the libero, a position that is much like an offensive lineman in football, and who do all the hard work and virtually get no recogniti...

CSUN men’s volleyball: Waves complete season sweep of the Matadors

Victor Corona

February 28, 2010

MALIBU, Calif. -- A 39-37 first-set loss set the tone for a playoff-like atmosphere in the Matadors 3-1 loss (39-37, 30-27,26-30, 30-28) to No. 1 Pepperdine Friday night at the Firestone Fieldhouse. “We battled hard, it was a great team effort,” redshirt freshman opposite hitter John Baker said. “It wa...

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