Vance Powers No. 4 Matadors Past Lewis


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Romeoville, Ill. - Junior Eric Vance pounded a match-high 16 kills while Isaac Kneubuhl and Cody Loe each added 11 as fourth-ranked Cal State Northridge wrapped up its six-match road trip with a 31-29, 30-23, 30-23 non-conference win at Lewis Saturday at Neil Carey Arena.

With the win, the Matadors improve to 10-4 overall and wind up with four wins on the six-match road trip. After dropping the first two matches of the trip at top-ranked BYU, Northridge has won four straight. The loss drops the Flyers to 7-5 on the season.

Vance hit .344 in the match and also added one ace, five digs and was credited with Northridge's only block in the match. Kneubuhl hit .200 in 30 swings and chipped in a pair of aces and six digs. Also for the Matadors, setter Travis Bluemling notched 46 assists and six digs, libero Ali'i Keohohou had a match-high 13 digs and Kevin McKniff served three aces.

Northridge wound up hitting .281 (53-21-114) as a team to .131 (32-19-99) for Lewis. The Flyers did post a sizable 14.5 to 1.0 edge in team blocks.

Jared Dayton led the Flyers with nine kills while Billy Sahagian added seven kills and seven assisted blocks. Mike Iandolo had four block assists and 22 assists.

The Flyers played Cal State Northridge close in game one but with the game tied at 29 the Matadors finished the Flyers off with kills by Vance and Loe. Game two was close until a 5-0 run turned a one-point Lewis lead into a 13-9 Matadors advantage. The Matadors pulled away with a 7-0 run in game three to finish off the Flyers.

Cal State Northridge returns to MPSF play this coming week as the Matadors open a brief two-match homestand Wednesday against UC Irvine. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Matadome.

Article courtesy of Cal State Northridge athletics.

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