Led by twins Kathleen and Marianne Dixon, Cal State Northridge emerged from the first day of pool play unbeaten in the Women’s Invitational Volleyball Championships on Thursday at the University of Tennessee.
The second-seeded Matadors beat Alabama Birmingham, 15-7, 15-11, 10-15, 15-9, then swept 10th-seeded Colorado State, 15-7, 15-4, 15-12. Northridge will conclude pool play today against Eastern Kentucky (0-2 in pool play) and Iowa (2-0).
In the match against Colorado State (14-7), Kathleen Dixon led the Matadors (26-8 overall) with 11 kills and 12 digs, and Marianne added 10 kills and 10 digs. Senior setter Beth Welch had 35 assists.
Kathleen Dixon had 20 digs and 18 kills to lead CSUN against UAB (31-15).
CSUN Coach Walt Ker described his team’s performance against Colorado State as polished.
“We started a little slow in game one,” Ker said. “Our serving and defense finally kicked in and allowed us to get into our transition game. We really got into the flow of the game then and played very confidently after that.”