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September 27, 2011 > East Bay opens weekend with a win

East Bay opens weekend with a win

Submitted By Kelly Hayes

The Cal State East Bay volleyball team got back on track with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-18) victory over Cal Poly Pomona to open its CCAA road slate on September 22 at Kellogg Gym. The Pioneers (7-2, 3-2 CCAA) came from behind to secure the win, led by a season-high 13 kills by Morgan Hirzel.

The junior opposite finished the match hitting at a .500 clip, also a season high, and finished with just two hitting errors in 22 attempts on the night. Hirzel also added two total blocks in helping East Bay out-do the Broncos at the net 10-5. Both Katie Allen and Kitona Offord added nine kills apiece, with Offord matching Hirzel's .500 hitting percentage and two errors.

Freshman Samantha Brunoled the Pioneers on the block, totaling a pair of solo blocks and four assists, while Allen added four total blocks as well. Kristin Neary distributed the ball well, dishing out 36 assists on the night and adding eight digs. Senior libero Leslie Ray's 17 digs paced the East Bay defense, while Nicole Boyle added 13.

Though the Pioneers hit at just a .182 clip on the night, they managed a .303 hitting percentage over the final two sets, improving from their early struggles on the attack. East Bay was also impressive on the service line, posting nine aces - four from Allen, three from Neary and a pair from Tatum Bales.

Cal Poly Pomona was led by Diana Lake's 13 kills, with Marissa Lagmay adding nine putaways and Lauren Jones and Ashley Marshman contributing eight kills apiece. Lake posted a double-double, adding 13 digs, while Kelly Bonja's 15 scoops paced the Broncos. Cal Poly Pomona hit at a .150 clip for the match, including two sets in which it hit under .100.


Cal State East Bay Pioneers will travel across the bay to battle the San Francisco State Gators on Saturday for the second match of its four-match road trip.

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