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October 14, 2009 > Pioneers volleyball gets huge win; soccer does not

Pioneers volleyball gets huge win; soccer does not

By Jeff Weisinger

The Cal State East Bay Lady Pioneers will enter their upcoming four-game home stand after going 1-1 in last weekend's quick road trip, losing to Sonoma State in three sets (23-25, 22-25, 15-25) on Friday, Oct. 9, and coming back to win against Humboldt State in five sets (22-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-9) on Saturday, Oct. 10.

The Lady Pioneers (6-13, 4-7) have won four of their last six matches since ending their seven-match losing streak back in late September.

East Bay's loss to Sonoma State Friday night marks the first time the Lady Pioneers have been swept since September 12 vs. Cal State San Bernardino.

The Lady Pioneers kept it close for the first two sets, despite losing 23-25 in the first and 22-25 in the second set. However, East Bay could not keep up in the third set, falling 15-25 to Sonoma State.

On Saturday against Humboldt State, the Lady Pioneers had to fight back after falling in the first two sets 22-25 and 17-25, but fought back in the next three sets 25-23, 25-18 and 15-9 in the final set to get the five-set win in Humboldt. Ariel Ajagu led East Bay on the day with 10 kills in the victory, with Roxanne Neely and Brianna Bryant each recorded nine kills.

East Bay starts a four-match home stand starting on Friday, Oct. 16, against Cal State San Bernardino and will face Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Men's soccer: UC San Diego 2, East Bay 0
The streak is now 13 and counting for the East Bay Pioneers after their 2-0 loss to UC San Diego on Sunday, Oct. 11.

"Overall I think we made some small improvements today," East Bay Head Coach Andy Cumbo said. "Unfortunately it wasn't enough to get a result at this level."

East Bay could not recover from an early goal by UCSD's Aaron McDowell in just the third minute. The Pioneers were outshot 24-13 on the day, including being outshot 10-3 in the first half.

Even after losing forward Mikel Samaniego in the 35th minute, UCSD struck again in the second half, down a man, as Kian Malek beat Pioneers keeper Cesar Villa in the 76th minute to give UCSD a 2-0 lead.

"Once they went down a man, it really changed the composition of the game," Cumbo said. "We needed to possess the ball and move forward but we couldn't take advantage. We were somewhat effective and made some improvements in the second half. However, we're very young and inexperienced, especially when playing up a man. We were forced to adjust our style of play."

Women's soccer: No. 14 UC San Diego 1, East Bay 0
Despite holding the UC San Diego Tritons for nearly 80 minutes, Triton freshman Gabi Hernandez's goal from six yards out in the 12th minute made the difference in the Lady Pioneers' 1-0 loss against the Tritons on Sunday, Oct. 11.

Nina Cefalo played solid in the net for the Lady Pioneers, recording eight saves on the day as her counterpart, Tritons keeper Kristin Armstrong, has five saves.

East Bay (3-8-3, 2-6-2) was outshot 19-10 on the day including being outshot by UCSD 10-4 in the first half.

The lady Pioneers have been outscored 0-3 in the last two games, both of which were losses, and have lost four of their last six matches.

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