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

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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

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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

Andres Aguila / Daily Sundial The Matadors go on the road to face Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton. Photo Credit: Andres Aguila/ Daily Sundial

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

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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

CSUN hosts UCR in a Big West match-up Saturday night. Photo Credit: Mariela Molina/ Visual Editor

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

Freshman middle blocker Casey Hinger leads CSUN in blocks with 66. Photo Credit: Simon Gambaryan / Daily Sundial

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

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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: Haina unable to save Matadors in Davis

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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

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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

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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

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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: Changes to starting lineup not enough for CSUN against Long Beach State

Junior Monica McFarland (3) made the switch to libero on Friday night as the Matadors fell to the 49ers in four sets. Photo Credit: Simon Gambaryan/ Daily Sundial

Julian Reyes

September 30, 2011

The Cal State Northridge women’s volleyball team made changes to its starting lineup Friday night, hoping it would bring in its first home victory of the season and a 2-0 start in Big West Conference play, but Long Beach State didn’t allow it. The Matadors (7-7, 1-1) fell to 0-3 at the Matadome and dropped to fifth place in the league standings after l...

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