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October 22, 2008 > Cal State East Bay volleyball success

Cal State East Bay volleyball success

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The Cal State East Bay (CSEB) Women's Volleyball team is an absolute onslaught against their opponents this season. For the thirteenth straight year, the Pioneers have won 20 or more matches. CSEB is currently ranked ninth nationally in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

The Pioneers boost an excellent returning team. Senior honorable mention All-American Jackie Randolph set a record for kills with 512 kills last year. They also return NCAA All-Western Regional recipients Lauren Massa and Kelly Paris. "This is a special team," exclaimed Pioneer Head Coach Jim Spangle. "The excellent depth at every position is the best I've had in the 13 years of coaching this team." That statement says a lot for Pioneers work ethic and coaching ability this year. During the 2002, 2003, and 2004 seasons the team had an average of 31 wins and 3 losses. The 2008 Pioneers also have outstanding athletes Cassie Baxter, Allison Daughty, Dani Morales, and Roxanne Neely who look to assist them with service aces.

The women continued their winning streak at home over their most recent victim, the Banana Slugs of U.C. Santa Cruz on Friday, October 17. The streak brought their win total to 17 and 22-3 overall. They pounded the sluggish Slugs in the first game of the three set match 25-16. But, the Pioneers faced stiff competition in the second and third match, barely winning 25-22 in the second and 25-23 in the third. Coming up big for CSEB in the game was Jackie Randolph who finished with 18 kills and Lauren Massa who dug her team out trouble in the second and third sets with 20 digs. Despite the rally by Santa Cruz, Spangle is confident about the team as they move toward the end of the season and the playoffs "We got a great group of ladies who set high goals that challenge themselves and opponents."

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