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October 12, 2010 > Cal State East Bay sports recap

Cal State East Bay sports recap

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Cal State University-East Bay's women's volleyball team, now back in the nation's top 25 at the bottom spot, had an up-and-down week of matches. In two outings, both at home, East Bay fell to the team it should have beaten, but topped the No. 4 team in the country.

On Friday, Oct. 8, the Lady Pioneers fell to Cal Poly Pomona three sets to one, dropping to 11-4 on the season, 6-4 in CCAA play. Despite the loss, CSEB had a some good performances. Katie Allen (14), Brianna Bryant (13) and Sukhjit Athwal (10) each were in double digits for kills; Roxanne Neely (26) and K.C. Walsh (20) recorder at least 20 assists; and Lauren Massa (29) led the way in digs.

After the disappointing performance on Friday, East Bay bounced back on Saturday, Oct. 9, by topping Cal State San Bernardino, the fourth-ranked team in the nation, in five sets, 3-2. Helping the Lady Pioneers improve to 12-4, 7-4 in CCAA, were Neely (16 kills, 25 assists), Athwal (15 kills), Allen (13 kills), Walsh (31 assists) and Massa (26 digs).

East Bay goes on the road for two matches this weekend, heading to Humboldt State on Friday, Oct. 15, and Sonoma State on Saturday, Oct. 16. Both matches start at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, East Bay's soccer teams both stumbled through play last week. For the men, they stretched their losing streak to four games with three losses last week. It began with a 4-0 home defeat courtesy of Notre Dame de Namur on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Then East Bay went to Southern California for a pair of games over the weekend. Much like its match against Notre Dame de Namur earlier in the week, the Pioneers couldn't get anything going. On Friday, Oct. 8, against Cal State Los Angeles, four different goal scorers paved the way to a 4-0 L.A. rout. And two days later, Sunday, Oct. 10, East Bay allowed three, second-half goals en route to a 3-0 loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills.

East Bay fell to 2-10-2, 1-7-2 in CCAA play with its 0-3 record over the week. Meanwhile, the women didn't fare much better.

CSEB's Lady Pioneers just had a pair of matches last week -- against CSLA on Friday, Oct. 8, and CSDH on Sunday, Oct. 10 -- but dropped both contests.

In Friday's match, Los Angeles topped the Lady Pioneers, 3-0, on three goals in the first 28 minutes -- two by Ann Marie Tangorra (the third by Stacey Rodwell). Gabriella Batmani made eight saves while recording the clean sheet for L.A.

And on Sunday, at Cal State Dominguez Hills, East Bay notched a goal, but allowed another three in a 3-1 loss. The match was even at 1-1 at the half, but Dominguez Hills scored two, second-half goals to run away with the win. East Bay fell to 5-6-2, 3-6-1 in CCAA with the two defeats last week.

East Bay's soccer teams head back home looking to right the ship with a pair of matches at Pioneer Stadium this weekend. They take on Cal State Stanislaus on Friday, Oct. 15, finishing up the week's play on Sunday, Oct. 17, vs. Chico State.

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