Pacific Women's Volleyball: Misa Leads Pacific At Cal State Northridge To A Four Game Victory
Playing their first road match of the second half of the Big West season, the Pacific women's volleyball team picked up a four-game victory over Cal State Northridge at the Matadome on Friday, October 29. The victory moved the Tigers to 6-4 in conference action and 14-8 on the year while the Matadors fell to 2-8 in the Big West and 9-16 on the year.
Game scores for the match were: 25-15, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16.
With a 3-0 sweep in hand against the Matadors a month prior, the Tigers looked for the same result on the first match of their road trip weekend in Northridge, Calif. Against the Matadors, the Tigers ran out to the early lead in game one with their top hitting effort of the evening as Pacific posted a .333 hitting percentage in the game. Leading the way, juniorSamantha Misa and senior Svenja Engelhardt threw down five kills a piece in the contest with Misa posting four in the first part of the game to put the Tigers up 10-6 early while Engelhardt ignited late to finish the game.
A similar start to game two saw Pacific jump out to a six point lead early at 13-7 while hitting well over .400 in the second frame. However, a change to the Matador lineup with the insertion of Sydney Gedryn at the setter position payed off immediately as Cal State Northridge rolled off a 9-1 run to climb back into the game and even take a two point lead. During the run, the Tigers struggled to hit through the Matador block as their high powered offense dropped to under .200 to finish the game. Despite the run, the Tigers were able to recover turning the tables with their own defensive efforts at the net posting three big blocks, including two from Engelhardt and sophomoreGabby Cowden, in the final five points to take home the victory.
On the verge of their second sweep of the Matadors in the season, the Tigers were not ready for Cal State Northridge to come out firing on all cylinders in game three. After holding the Matadors to just .071 hitting through the first two games, Pacific could not contain the Matador attack out of the break and into game three as Cal State Northridge committed just two errors in the third game to hit .325 to deny Pacific the sweep. A back-and-forth battle throughout much of the game, the Matadors again used their block to pick up points against the Tigers late as they added five more team blocks to their totals in the third game while holding the Tigers to just .200 hitting.
Denied their sweep the Tigers took out their frustrations on the rejuvenated Matador lineup in game four, turning a 4-4 early tie into a route with a 12-0 run on the serve of junior Rebekah Torres. During the run the Tigers got a pair of kills from Engelhardt and Cowden, but mainly relied on their defense to force Matador mistakes, while getting their hands on every attack including picking up a pair of blocks by Cowden. With the game firmly in hand at 16-4 the Tigers worked their way to the match victory, putting Cal State Northridge away after the Matadors held a final defensive stand that staved off four match points.
In the end, the Tigers got double-double efforts out of both of their outside hitters with Engelhardt tallying 16 kills and 15 digs for her fifth double-double in her last six matches while Misa posted 15 kills and 16 digs. Misa finished the night hitting .353 as the junior committed just three errors on 34 attacks. Her 16 digs tied a career high set against Cal Poly two weeks ago at the Spanos Center. Sophomore Hannah Clancy picked up her team-leading ninth double-double of the year as she tallied 43 assists and 11 digs while Torres posted a match-high 20 digs. Redshirt-freshman Natalie Robinson picked up 15 digs in the contest, two off of her career best, jumping over the 10 dig barrie in the final game with six digs in the final frame.
As a team the Matadors hit just .098 in the match after tallying 47 kills and 30 errors in 173 attacks. Una Siljegovic was the lone attack to reach 10+ kills as she tallied 13 to lead the team. Gedryn, despite playing just two and a hlaf games posted a double-double in the match with 21 assists and 13 digs and finished just three blocks short of tallying a triple-double.
Pacific will be back in action on Saturday, October 30 when the Tigers travel to Irvine, Calif. to take on the Anteaters of UC Irvine. The match is scheduled for 6:00 pm and can be heard online at PacificTigers.com and on 1280am KWSX.