Northridge's Seniors Ward Off Possible Fifth Game

Oct. 16, 2004


DAVIS, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Heather Fobian posted 19 kills, including the match-winning shot that capped a 6-0 finishing run in Game 4, to lead Cal St. Northridge to a 30-27, 24-30, 30-22, 31-29 win over UC Davis in a women's collegiate volleyball match at the Pavilion Saturday.

The Aggies drop to 1-15 on the year. The Matadors, who on Friday moved into a share of first place in the Big West Conference, improve to 12-5 overall.

UC Davis held a 29-25 lead in Game 4, boasting a possibility of sending the match to five games. But senior middle blocker Theresa Lischer knocked down a kill to hold off the game point, then recorded two blocks and a kill to help Northridge enjoy a 6-0 run en route to a victory, preventing a fifth game. Senior Delaney Menell also had a heroic dig during that stretch, aiding in the Matador's 28th point of the game.

"We played hard against a senior-laden team that made great strides in the Big West last year and is now tied for first this year," said Aggie head coach Stephanie Hawbecker. "We made them work hard for their points tonight.The team got a little cautious between points 25 and 31."

Fobian's offense helped Northridge claim the first game. She hit 8-1-9, with her only error coming as a result of a back-row attack violation. The Aggies led 9-6 early in the stanza, but the Matadors went on a 6-0 run to take the lead, helped by three hitting errors by UC Davis.

The Aggies equalized the match with a 30-24 win in Game 2. Middle blocker Jenny Pierce had two kills and a block assist in a span of four points to help stretch UC Davis' lead to 17-11. She totalled four kills on four attempts in the frame, while sophomore outside hitter Nicole Read added a 5-0-11 hitting line in Game 2.

Ryan led all hitters with 25 kills while CSUN libero Jessika Hammerich tallied 29 digs, including 12 in Game 3. Fobian added 16 digs to her offensive numbers.



For UC Davis, Pierce had nine kills in her first 10 attempts to finish with a career-high 12 kills. Read led the Aggie hitters with 16 kills. Mary McClelland patrolled the floor defense with 22 digs,lifting her career total to 1,278 and into second place on the school's career list. She also had four aces for the match.

The Aggies' next match is at home against Idaho on October 23.