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.
January 1, 1995 |
After guiding the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team to a 23-8 record and the National Invitational Volleyball Championship title during his first year, what's next for Coach Lian Kang Lu? How about turning the Matadors into a consistent top-20 program? That won't be easy, considering that powerhouses UCLA, USC, Cal State Long Beach and UC Santa Barbara all recruit heavily in Southern California.
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.).
August 17, 1994 |
Gretchen Gulbranson, starting setter for the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team last season, will play for Moorpark College this fall. Although the 5-foot-6 Gulbranson had 947 assists for Northridge (12-17) as a freshman, the Thousand Oaks High graduate was expected to be a reserve this year behind senior transfer Kathleen Shannon. Shannon recorded 687 assists and 113 digs for Illinois (18-13) last season.