November 12, 2010 > East Bay fall athletics wind down
East Bay fall athletics wind down
By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
As the calendars flipped into a new month, the Cal State University-East Bay fall athletic teams' seasons neared an end. East Bay, for the most part, lacked consistency in the wins department in most sports. But the Lady Pioneers volleyball team remains primed for a postseason run.
Jim Spagle's club headed to Southern California for a pair of matches over the weekend. In their first contest, against Cal State University-Los Angeles, on Friday, Nov. 5, East Bay dropped to 18-6, 13-6 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play, with a straight-set loss: 25-21, 25-12, 25-14.
A day later, the Lady Pioneers rebounded in a workmanlike effort against Cal State University-Dominguez Hills, topping their struggling opponents in four sets, 25-17, 25-18, 25-27, 25-21, to improve to 19-6, 14-6. Katie Allen led the way with 17 kills; K.C. Walsh had 42 assists; and Lauren Massa had 16 digs to lead the way for East Bay.
CSEB concludes its regular season with two road games -- Friday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Cal State University-San Bernardino and Saturday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. at Cal Poly Pomona.
East Bay's men's soccer team finished its season on a high note, taking down Bethesda Christian with ease, 3-0, on Tuesday, Nov. 2. CSEB (3-15-3) had goals by Josh Alvarez, Sean Lynum-Young and Andy Pauley, while Bryce Bookhamer notched a clean sheet with six stops in goal.
Neither of East Bay's cross country teams, men or women, placed in the CCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Cal Poly Pomona. Both clubs finish off their seasons on Saturday, Nov. 13, in San Francisco at the Jamba Juice Run.
Meanwhile, East Bay winter sports opened up its exhibition season with the men's and women's basketball teams tipping off. CSEB men took on Cal State Bakersfield (Thursday, Nov. 4) and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Saturday, Nov. 6) in a pair of road preseason matches, losing 83-71 and 70-63 respectively.
George Toyama (18), Mark Samuels (17) and Roshun Wynne (16) had double figures in scoring for East Bay in the loss to Bakersfield. But it wasn't enough as Bakersfield's three double-digit scorers -- Donavan Bragg (25), Rashad Savage (19) and Stephon Carter (18) -- outdid East Bay's.
Will Freedman led the way for East Bay in the loss to Obispo with 26 points. Samuels chipped in a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. East Bay's supporting cast put in 26 points, but Obispo's duo of David Hanson (25) and Shawn Lewis (21), coupled with sidekicks Will Donahue (12) and Drake U'u (9) was enough to outside East Bay's entire team, 67-63. Chris O'Brien had Obispo's other three points. Hanson and Donahue each notched double-double's with 11 and 15 rebounds respectively.
East Bay starts its season for real on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at home against the Academy of Art.
East Bay's Lady Pioneer basketball team tipped off its preseason on the road Sunday, Nov. 7, against Pacific. Like the men, the Lady Pioneers had no luck. After a tight first half, where Pacific went into the locker room up 27-20, the game blew wide open with a 40-24 second half and a 67-44 outcome. Claudia Nelson was the one bright spot for East Bay, netting 21 points in the loss. Meanwhile, four of the five Pacific starters were in double figures scoring.
Suzy Barcomb's club then took on Holy Names in its final exhibition match on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in Oakland and fell to 0-2 in the preseason with a 65-59 loss. East Bay's individual stats were unavailable for the game, but as a team, the Lady Pioneers hoisted 57 field goal attempts and only connected on 22 of them for a 38.6 shooting clip.
On a positive note, East Bay out rebounded Holy Names, 50-35, but committed a whopping 34 turnovers. They will have a couple weeks off to fix that dilemma when they tip off regular season play on Nov. 26 in Washington at the Lynda Goodrich Classic.