The Cal State Northridge womens volleyball team, which has won three straight California Collegiate Athletic Assn. titles, swept Cal State Dominguez Hills in the conference opener Tuesday night for both teams, 15-5, 11-15, 15-8, 15-5.
"One of the main differences the team is aware of is that we're playing with a new intensity," said team captain Karen Lontka. "There's something there that wasn't there last year. It all starts in practice. Our practices are harder than our games."
Northridge (8-1 overall) was led by outside hitter Sue Darcey and middle blocker Chris Tedeschi, who each had 14 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Anna Garcia added six kills. The Matadors registered 102 hitting attempts to the Toros' 63.
The Toros (3-6), however, turned in a solid defensive effort.
"They didn't attack as well as we did, but they played really tough defense," defensive specialist Karen Langston said. "They dug a lot of our hard-hit balls."