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Men's Volleyball - Fri, Jan. 27, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Zach Greene led again for HIU with seven kills in a short night (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Zach Greene led again for HIU with seven kills in a short night (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Hope International
California State University-Northridge

LOS ANGELES, CA – Hope International played its second road match of the season with a tough test against the NCAA Division I-CSU Northridge Matadors. The Matadors are currently ranked No. 15 in the MPSF and were able to down HIU in straight sets despite a pair of solid outings from the Greene brothers.

The first set was the Royals' worst performance of the evening at CSUN as HIU hit just .115 as a team and sided out only 50% of the time – the Matadors were able to cruise to a 15-25 win and led all the way from wire to wire in the opening set at the Matadome. Dustin Elliott (FR/Las Vegas, NV) made his HIU debut with four of the Royals' kills in the first set of the night.

Things improved dramatically between sets one and two, however, as the Royals were able to side out at a rate of 75% and hit .360 as a team. Unfortunately, the Matadors were able to work at an inhuman 90% side out rate and hit .480 as a team – the Royals were unable to overcome such impressive numbers and fell 21-25 in a competitive second set that HIU managed to tie twice. Tyler Greene (FR/Lombard, IL) came off the bench in set two after sitting in the first and sparked the Royals with five kills and a dig in his time off the pine.

The Royals were able to tie it up again in the third set on one occasion and turned in another competitive performance, but the momentum was already squarely on the side of CSUN. Charles Belvin (JR/Long Beach, CA) tallied three kills and the elder Greene brother Zach put up a pair of kills in another competitive 21-25 loss.

Zach Greene (SR/Lombard, IL) finished with a team-high seven kills and two blocks in the match while his younger brother Tyler was a step behind with six kills. The elder Greene continues to climb the career charts and now sits 124 kills out of fourth on the all-time lists.

Enrique Lopez (SR/Santa Ana, CA) dealt 17 assists in the loss and Jared Shirai (SR/Honolulu, HI) led the Royals with seven digs on the night – the Royals were unable to serve up an ace against the Matadors during the night.

HIU falls to 4-3 overall and is on a two-game skid this week with a pair of straight-set losses. The Royals stay out on the road and will face UC San Diego tomorrow before traveling to Iowa for the Molten Invitational hosted by Grand View next week – stay tuned to hiuroyals.com for coverage options and more updates throughout the season.

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