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September 7, 2010 > CSEB fall sports underway

CSEB fall sports underway

By Kevin Yin

The first week of September saw the curtain rise on the seasons of five athletic teams at Cal State University-East Bay with mixed results.

The brightest results of the week belong to the CSUEB women's volleyball team. The Pioneers participated in the University of Alaska Fairbanks "Nanook Classic" tournament. CSUEB opened the tournament on Thursday, Sept. 2, with a 3 sets to 1 win against Alaska Fairbanks. The Pioneers then prevailed in their next two matches against Bellarmine University on Sept. 3 and the University of Charleston on Sept. 4, both in straight sets.

CSUEB then clinched the tournament title after another 3-1 win in a rematch with Alaska Fairbanks. Two CSUEB players, senior libero Lauren Massa and freshman outside hitter Katie Allen were named to the All-Tournament Team, with Massa being selected Tournament MVP. The 4-0 start by the team contrasts nicely with last season, when the Pioneers started 0-4. Their next match is at home on Tuesday, Sept. 7, against Notre Dame de Namur.

Women's volleyball was not the only CSUEB program to demonstrate marked improvement in this opening week of the season. The women's soccer team's season debuted on Thursday, Sept. 2, in Hawai'i with a 1-0 overtime win against Hawai'i Pacific University by virtue of an overtime goal from sophomore forward Shianna Falk. The squad would find themselves in another overtime struggle in their next game on Saturday, Sept. 4, against the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, but the Pioneers were unable to break the tied score this time, and the contest ended in a 1-1 draw.

The men's soccer team was also in action in the Aloha State, and they also picked up a 1-0 victory against Hawai'i Hilo on Sept. 2, thanks to a goal by freshman forward Jake Bedell. In their next game, against Hawai'i Pacific two days later on Sept. 4, they suffered a sharp reverse in the form of a 4-0 loss.

Both the women's and men's teams each have one more game in Hawai'i, both against Chaminade University on Monday, Sept. 6, before coming home on Friday, Sept. 10, to host Cal State Dominguez Hills.

While the soccer and volleyball teams were on their sojourns to remote locales, CSUEB's men's and women's cross country teams were getting their seasons started in Milbrae at the Notre Dame de Namur Invitational. The women's team launched the season in fine fashion, finishing second in a field of nine, and just 36 seconds behind the meet's champion, San Jose State (98:00 for SJSU versus 98:36 for CSUEB). By comparison, the third place team, Holy Names University, had a final time of 104:57 -- nearly seven minutes off the pace of the SJSU.

The men's team fared less well, finishing fourth in a field of five teams. The men's meet was also won by SJSU. Both the women's and men's teams will head next to Turlock to compete in the Cal State Stanislaus Invitational meet on Saturday, Sept. 11.

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