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Men’s volleyball: Inexperienced Matador offense falters in playoffs, falls in straight sets

Men’s volleyball: Inexperienced Matador offense falters in playoffs, falls in straight sets

Jonathan Andrade

April 21, 2012

CSUN couldn't find a rhythm on offense in its MPSF Tournament first-round match-up against No. 1 USC and saw its season come to an end as it fell in straight sets to the overpowering Trojan offense. Northridge, the tournament's eighth seed, only hit .012 against USC. CSUN’s offensive leaders sophomore Brandon Lebrock and freshman Julius Hoefer only combined to tal...

Men’s volleyball: Matadors pounded by No. 4 BYU

Men’s volleyball: Matadors pounded by No. 4 BYU

Alonso Tacanga

March 29, 2012

The Matadors' third winning streak of the season came to a violent halt Thursday night at BYU. Behind a dominant first set, the Cougars set the tone for the night and swept CSUN 25-10, 25-20, 25-20 at Smith Fieldhouse. CSUN (10-14, 6-11 MPSF) came into the night winner of two straight games and on a hot hitting streak that saw them hit a combined .341 during two ...

Men’s volleyball: Stagnant hitting and errors contribute to Matador loss to Harvard

Men’s volleyball: Stagnant hitting and errors contribute to Matador loss to Harvard

Anthony Carpio

March 11, 2012

The Matadors couldn’t continue their solid play after having a great hitting percentage the day before in their game against Loyola (Ill.) as CSUN (8-11) fell in four sets (25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22) to Harvard (12-2) Saturday night at the Matadome. “In general, we took it too easy,” Matador oppo...

Men’s volleyball: No. 4 Cardinal outduel Matadors down the stretch

Men’s volleyball: No. 4 Cardinal outduel Matadors down the stretch

Alonso Tacanga

February 12, 2012

It's not exactly a secret that the Matadors have been a completely different team this season when playing at home in contrast to when playing on the road. Heading into Saturday’s matchup against No. 4 Stanford, CSUN was 3-0 at the Matadome, 1-6 anywhere else. That standard of home vigor remained a...

Men’s volleyball: Matadors hold off Cal Baptist with dominating fifth set

Men’s volleyball: Matadors hold off Cal Baptist with dominating fifth set

Jonathan Andrade

January 28, 2012

The saying “it isn’t over until it’s over” never rang more true for CSUN’s non-conference victory over Cal Baptist Friday night at the Matadome. The Matadors (3-5, 1-3 MPSF) won a five-set nail-biter 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 23-25, 15-3 after they nearly gave away a match in which they were up 2-0 to the ...

Men’s volleyball: Matadors’ poor passing gives them no chance at No. 3 UCLA

Men’s volleyball: Matadors’ poor passing gives them no chance at No. 3 UCLA

Alonso Tacanga

January 25, 2012

Westwood – Despite just having gotten swept emphatically by No. 3 UCLA, CSUN outside hitter Julius Hoefer showed a lot of conviction in expressing most of the credit for the Bruins’ victory Wednesday night belonged to the Matadors. “They (the Bruins) didn’t really beat us, we beat ourselves,” sai...

Men’s volleyball: CSUN overcomes deficits to get by LBSU in five

Men’s volleyball: CSUN overcomes deficits to get by LBSU in five

Alonso Tacanga

January 21, 2012

A mistake-filled first set gave the impression the Matadors would be in for a long night (or a very short one) against No. 8 Long Beach State Friday night at the Matadome. On its way to a 25-15 first-set loss, CSUN had practically given the frame away by recording eight serving errors. “Missing serv...

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