No. 6 Cal State Northridge Need Just Three to Top No. 9 Stanford


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Stanford, Calif. - Fourteen kills from Cody Loe and 12 more from Eric Vance took the No. 6 Matadors (8-4, 6-3 MPSF) to a three game sweep of No. 9 Stanford (8-5, 4-5) Saturday evening in Stanford, Calif., making it two sweeps this season of the MPSF foe. Vance and Loe were each dominant in several facets, and seniors Isaac Kneubuhl and Travis Bluemling also contributed heavily to the Northridge victory.

In addition to the kill totals of Loe and Vance, Kevin McKniff followed Friday's team-leading .583 attack percentage against Pacific by tallying a match-high .636 vs. Stanford. Vance and Isaac Kneubuhl each accumulated a pair of service aces in the landslide.

Bluemling continued a stand-out Senior season with 30 assists, and Vance, Kneubuhl and Ali'i Keohohou topped the Matadors with five digs each. Loe added seven blocks and led the matadors with 17.5 points.

On the Stanford side, Evan Romero collected 12 kills to lead the Cardinal. Just one Stanford player, Cameron Christoffers, collected multiple blocks, and just two of the Cardinal managed attack percentage ranging above .100.

The dominating effort saw the Matadors jump out to an 8-3 lead in game one, and they never looked back. Northridge did not trail until the third game and never faced a deficit of more than two points. The Matadors put together a six-point run in game two that sent them to a ten-point lead.

The Matadors look to continue their current winning streak in non-conference action on Friday at Loyola (IL) in Chicago. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. central time.

Article courtesy of Cal State Northridge athletics.

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