Total Team Effort Lifts UC Irvine to 3-1 Win over Cal State Northridge

  0 volleymob | October 26th, 2018 | Big West, College - Women's Indoor, News

Courtesy: UC Irvine Athletics

IRVINE, Calif. – Nine different Anteaters contributed to the team effort that lifted UC Irvine to a 3-1 victory over CSUN (25-21, 25-19, 15-25, 25-19) at the Bren Events Center Thursday.

The Anteaters, who improve to 13-8 overall and 7-2 in the Big West, out-dug (66-59) and out-blocked (12-5) the Matadors, while hitting .241. CSUN falls to 6-16 on the year and 2-8 in league play.

“This was a total team effort tonight.”

>Freshman Abby Marjama led the Anteaters with a career-tying 15 kills
>Loryn Carter (13) and Idara Akpakpa (10) followed Marjama in kills, while Akpakpa had a match-high seven total blocks
>Senior Haley DeSales made her debut on the outside after starting the first 20 matches at libero. She posted her 20th double-digit dig performance of the year with a match-high 20 to go with five kills
>Erin Alonso took over for DeSales at libero and posted a career-high 17 digs
>CSUN’s Aeryn Owens had match-high 19 kills

>The Matadors scored the first three points before Loryn Carter put one down in the left corner for the Anteaters first point, 3-1
>A 4-1 run which included an ace by Carter gave UCI the 7-5 lead
>UCI would lead 21-18 on a block by Carter and Idara Akpakpa, but the Matadors would score the next two on Anteater errors to close within 21-20
>Back-to-back kills by Carter and Haley DeSales stopped the momentum and forced a CSUN timeout
>Following a CSUN kill, UCI closed out the set with the final two points, the last a block by Sophie Wood and Makayla Wolfe

>A kill by Carter, an error by CSUN and a kill by Ali Koumelis on two gave UCI some separation 12-9
>A block by Wood and Akpakpa capped a 3-0 run as moved UCI out to an 18-15 lead
> Four more in a row pushed the advantage to 23-17
>A kill by Carter followed by a Matador attack error ended the set, 25-19

>CSUN jumped out to a 10-3 lead
>The Anteaters would chip away on the strength of Abby Marjama’s three kills and tough serving, 16-13
>Two Anteater errors followed to start a 7-1 Matador spurt to put them back in command, 23-14
>Two more UCI errors would give CSUN the set 25-15

>A 4-1 run by UCI that was started by a Carter and Wolfe block helped UCI to a 10-6 advantage
>CSUN used four kills and a block to tie the set at 12 all
>Two Matadors miscues gave UCI the 15-13 lead then a kill by Marjama and two more CSUN errors pushed the score to 19-15
>A kill by Carter would end the set and match 25-19

>Six different Anteaters recorded at least one block and eight had at least one dig
>Middle blocker Makayla Wolfe hit .500 (9-1-16) with five block assists
>Setter Ali Koumelis recorded her 10th double-double, tallying 43 set assists and 11 digs
>Freshman Sophie Wood added five set assists and three block assists

UCI will entertain Long Beach State in a Blue & Blue Rivalry match Saturday (Oct. 27) at 7:00 p.m. at the Bren Events Center.

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