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October 7, 2009 > East Bay volleyball fighting back

East Bay volleyball fighting back

By Jeff Weisinger

The Cal State East Bay Lady Pioneers have slowly started to turn things around after a seven-match losing streak in September, splitting matches this past weekend, losing to S.F. State on Friday, Oct. 2, in five sets (25-16, 25-27, 16-25, 25-13, 5-15) and defeating Cal State Monterey Bay in four sets (25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17) on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The Lady Pioneers (5-12, 3-6 CCAA) have won three of their last four matches during their four-match home stand, and have good momentum going into a quick road-trip to Sonoma State and Humboldt State this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, respectively.

East Bay took S.F. State to the distance on Friday night, tying the score with the Gators 22 times throughout the match as each team traded set for set.

East Bay's Sukhjit Athwal had a double-double on the night, recording 14 kills and 11 digs. Roxanne Neely also recorded a double-double on the night with 19 kills and 10 digs.

The Lady Pioneers came back from Friday night's loss, defeating Cal State Monterey Bay in four sets, dominating the Otters throughout the night.

East Bay controlled the night with a .247 attacking percentage, recording a team total 64 kills and 76 digs. Sukhjit Athwal led the Lady Pioneers on the night with a team high 17 kills and 19 digs.

Men's Soccer: #7 Sonoma State-3, East Bay-1
The Pioneers added another loss, stretching their current losing streak to 11 games after Sunday's loss to No. 7 Sonoma State, 3-1.

East Bay (1-11-0, 0-8-0 CCAA) kept Sonoma State (10-0-2, 7-0-1 CCAA) in check, holding them to a 1-1 tie at the half. The Pioneers struck first off a goal in the fifth minute from Alex Dickerson's shot from 15 yards out. However, Sonoma State outshot the Pioneers 8-3 in the second half, scoring on back-to-back goals by Taylor Jones in the 60th and the 70th minute.

Women's Soccer: Sonoma State-2, East Bay-0
For nearly 60 minutes, the Lady Pioneers shut down Sonoma State. However, two second half goals by Sonoma State gave East Bay their first loss in three matches as the Lady Pioneers fell 2-0 to Sonoma State on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The Lady Pioneers (3-7-3, 2-5-2 CCAA) matched Sonoma State shot for shot in the first half, but were outshot 10-5 in the second half. Nina Cefalo did everything she could to hold out Sonoma State in hopes of a clean sheet and a tie but Katie Parucha's header in the 60th minute off a corner kick gave Sonoma State a 1-0 lead. 10 minutes later, Tracy Webster won a one-on-one against Cefalo to give Sonoma State the 2-0 score.

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