When the Cal State Northridge volleyball team plays opposite Loyola Marymount University, the net is more like a mirror.
The similarities between the teams are almost spooky.
Both have comparable records and near-identical talent. Two weeks ago, the teams proved just how alike they are by dueling through a three-hour match before the Lions lost to the Matadors in five games.
Not surprisingly, it took the two teams another five games at Loyola on Friday night. Northridge won again, 10-15, 15-8, 8-15, 15-5, 15-13, in the California Intercollegiate Volleyball Assn. match.
After the match, there was just one distinction to be made.
Northridge had John Buffington. Loyola had Ole Sorlie. Although the two middle blockers made 21 kills each, the 6-4 middle blocker from CSUN manned the net with an offensive attack and unpenetrable blocks that couldn't be compared with that of Loyola's 6-7 Sorlie.