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November 2, 2010 > CSEB volleyball continues to roll

CSEB volleyball continues to roll

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

After beginning their week of matches with a three-sets-to-one drubbing by UC San Diego on their home floor (Oct. 27), the Cal State East Bay Lady Pioneers volleyball team rebounded to finish their home schedule in style, with wins over Chico State (Oct. 29) and Cal State Stanislaus (Oct. 30) over the weekend.

In the win over Chico State, the Lady Pioneers raced out to a two-set lead before holding on for a 3-2 win - 15-10 in the final set. Brianna Bryant (16), Sukhjit Athwal (13) and Roxanne Neely (12) led the way with kills; K.C. Walsh led the Pioneers with 21 assists; and Lauren Massa, as usual, led the team in digs with 22.

A day later, East Bay fell down a set to Cal State Stanislaus before winning the next three sets for a 3-1 win in their final home match of 2010. Four players - Neely (13), Athwal (11), Cara Crowder (10) and Kitona Offord (10) - finished with double-digit kills; and both Walsh (31) and Massa (23) led in assists and digs respectively.

Now 18-5, 13-5 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play, Cal State East Bay will finish up its regular season with a four-game road trip. That trip starts this Friday, Nov. 5, in Southern California against Cal State Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, the East Bay soccer programs respective regular season schedules are coming down to the wire. Each played a a home-and-home weekend series against UC San Diego. Neither the men, nor the women could put a goal on the board, falling by a combined score of 11-0.

CSEB's Lady Pioneers soccer club, faced with arguably the tougher challenge, going up against the No. 9 ranked team, fell 1-0 on Friday, Oct. 29, at Pioneer Stadium in Hayward and 2-0 on Sunday, Oct. 31, in La Jolla, Calif.

Nina Cefalo made six saves in the two matches for East Bay, allowing three to get by her. Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the ball, the Lady Pioneers put four shots on target in two matches, none able to beat Kristin Armstrong. Annette Ilg was the lone scorer for San Diego on Friday; Sarah McTigue netted both San Diego goals on Sunday.

East Bay Lady Pioneers regular season ended with the 2-0 loss on Sunday, finishing with a four-game losing streak. Overall, the Lady Pioneers were 6-10-3, 4-10-2 in CCAA play.

For the men, a strong Friday showing - losing 2-0 - was followed up by a dreadful performance on Sunday - 6-0 whitewashing. With the two losses over the weekend, East Bay has gone 13 games since its last victory, the last five of which are losses - 0-10-3 overall in that time, scoring just five times.

In the two matches against UC San Diego, Bryce Bookhamer was forced to make 20 saves while allowing five goals. Patrick Gilbertson spelled Bookhamer in the Sunday match and allowed three goals on four shots. Their counterpart in the San Diego goal, Josh Cohen, only needed to make nine saves in two matches, recording two clean sheets. Josh Jackson scored twice on Sunday for San Diego to lead the way. Six other players scored one goal to spread out the scoring for San Diego.

East Bay (2-15-3, 1-12-3 CCAA) finishes up its regular season schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 2, with a home match against Bethesda Christian. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

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