September 2, 1994 |
Lian Kang Lu, recognized as one of the world's foremost volleyball coaches, will begin a new chapter in his career today when the Cal State Northridge women's team plays Fresno State in the opening match of the Anteater Invitational at UC Irvine. Lu was an assistant for the UC Santa Barbara women's team from 1984-93 after coaching the Mexican national team in 1982-83 and the Beijing women's professional team from 1968-81, but this is his first stint as a college head coach.
April 7, 1994 |
The year was 1987 and Lian Kang Lu could not believe what he was hearing. Lu, then an assistant women's volleyball coach at UC Santa Barbara, had asked David Rottman, an All-American outside hitter on the Gaucho men's team, to explain the proper hitting technique for a cross-court kill. Rottman was unable, despite having blasted thousands of cross-court kills during his career. "He said it was just something he did," Lu said with a chuckle.
October 16, 1994 |
In a reprise, Cal State Northridge defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 15-4, 15-9, 15-10, in a nonconference women's volleyball match Saturday at Matador Gymnasium. Led by middle blocker Heather Anderson, who had 13 kills, 10 digs and eight blocks, the Matadors (11-7) dominated the country's No. 1-ranked NCAA Division II team. Bakersfield (25-2) had lost a five-game thriller to Northridge on Sept. 28, the Roadrunners' only other loss. This time they were overwhelmed by the taller Matadors.
September 7, 1994 |
The Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team, winner of the UC Irvine tournament over the weekend, will play USC in its first home match of the season at 7 tonight. Northridge opened its first season under Coach Lian Kang Lu with victories over Fresno State, UC Irvine and Southwest Missouri State in the Irvine tournament, but tonight's match against the 15th-ranked Trojans (2-1) is expected to be its toughest yet.
December 2, 1994 |
Lian Kang Lu has coached the Cal State Northridge women's team to a 17-8 record in his first year at the helm, but he is concerned with the team's lack of depth as the Matadors open pool play today in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Northridge, which has won five consecutive matches, will play Oregon State at 9:30 a.m. PST and Sam Houston State at 5 p.m., followed by contests Saturday against Connecticut (noon) and Minnesota (5 p.m.).