SANTA BARBARA, CA – The CSUN men’s volleyball team improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2010 as the Matadors swept the NJIT Highlanders, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 to conclude the UCSB Asics Invitational Saturday afternoon at Rob Gym.
Not only is CSUN unbeaten through four matches for the first time in six years, the Matadors also finished 3-0 at UC Santa Barbara’s annual tournament for the first time since 2010.
“I thought we were just OK in the match today but we did play hard and competed,” said CSUN head coach Jeff Campbell. “We’re an inexperienced team and we still need to get better in certain areas but overall I’m very pleased to be 4-0.”
Junior Jakub Ciesla finished with a match-high 13 kills (.333) to go with two aces, three digs and four blocks. Freshman Dimitar Kalchev added 10 kills on 15 swings to hit .400 while also serving four of CSUN’s season-high nine aces.
Sam Porter registered 32 assists as the Matadors hit .292 (36-15-72) as a team. In three tournament matches, CSUN lost just two of 11 sets and have now swept three of its first four opponents in 2016.
The Matadors won the opening set (25-21) despite being out-hit .227 to .143. CSUN found its rhythm offensively over the final two sets putting down 13 kills while hitting .348 in set two and tallying 15 kills on .357 in the final frame.
TJ Jurko had a team-high 11 kills while hitting .429 for the Highlanders who dropped to 0-3 on the season.
CSUN returns to The Matadome Wednesday (Jan. 13) to open the MPSF season against Cal Baptist. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.