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October 5, 2010 > Cal State East Bay athletics roundup

Cal State East Bay athletics roundup

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Cal State University-East Bay's golf program wrapped up three-day golf tournaments on Tuesday, Sept. 28. East Bay's men's team finished eighth at the Western Washington Tournament while the Lady Pioneers took 15th in the Grand Canyon Tournament.

In the men's golf team's outing at Bellingham Country Club, Jeff Cornez (+1, 217) led East Bay to the middle-of-the-pack finish in the 15-team field. Over the three-day event the Pioneers totaled 879 strokes for a plus-15, 14 strokes off the pace of first-place Chico State. Cornez's performance was tied for the 16th best individual performance.

Meanwhile, for the Lady Pioneers at Coldwater Country Club, Deanna Tyndall's plus-18, 162 for the two-day tournament led the way. Tyndall finished 59th individually, while her Lady Pioneer club as a whole took 15th in the 18-team field. East Bay shot a plus-89, 665, over the two days, 75 shots off the pace of co-champions Western Washington and Western New Mexico.

From Oct. 3 through Oct. 5, East Bay's men are at Estrella Mt. Golf Course for the Grand Canyon Tourney while the women at Olympia Country Club for the Saint Martin's Tourney. Results were unavailable at press.

East Bay's Lady Pioneer volleyball team got back on the winning track by topping Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles at home on consecutive days, only dropping one set while upping their record to 11-3, 6-3 in CCAA play.

First, on Friday, Oct. 1, led by Sukhjit Athwal (11 kills), Katie Allen (11 kills), K.C. Walsh (29 assists, 15 digs) and Lauren Massa (23 digs), East Bay was able to fend off CCAA foe CSU-Dominguez Hills in four sets, 25-10, 20-25, 25-23, 25-15. A day later, the Lady Pioneers made it three wins in a row by topping CSU-LA in straight sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23. Allen led the team in kills (12) while Roxanne Neely (22) and Walsh (21) helped out the team with assists. Massa again led in digs with 12.

Next up for the Lady Pioneer's volleyball club is a pair of home matches this weekend -- Friday, Oct. 8, against Cal Poly Pomona and Saturday, Oct. 9, vs. Cal State San Bernardino. Both matches start at 7 p.m.

East Bay's soccer program -- both men and women -- had a pair of home matches over the weekend. On Friday, Oct. 1, the Pioneers hosted Cal Poly Pomona and both left the field with a draw -- women, 0-0, and men, 1-1. Mike Rossi was the only goal scorer for East Bay soccer on the day. Rossi, plus an 18-save performance by Bryce Bookhamer, helped the men's team improve to 2-6-2, 1-4-2 in CCAA; Nina Cefalo's seven saves for the women, and a clean sheet, led the way for the Lady Pioneers, as they went to 4-4-2, 2-4-1 in CCAA, on the season.

On Sunday, East Bay hosted Cal State San Bernardino. For the men, it was a match-up against the No. 16-seeded team. After trailing 1-0 at the half, and then falling a man down after a Spencer Ford red card, Josh Alvarez tied it at 1-1 for East Bay in the 54th minute. However, CSSB's Obi Agwu's second and third goals in the 77th and 83rd minutes sealed the deal.

"We worked very hard for 90 minutes, the guys on the field did their best," said Pioneers coach Andy Cumbo. "Unfortunately, we are not good enough to beat San Bernardino while we play a man down for 42 minutes. They are a very good team."

Bookhamer had 11 saves on the day in the losing effort as East Bay dropped to 2-7-2, 1-5-2 in CCAA.

Meanwhile, the women were able to up its record to 5-4-2, 3-4-2 in CCAA, with a 3-2, overtime victory over San Bernardino. East Bay went up 2-0 on goals by Michelle Garcia (31st) and Jennifer Lu (47th). But San Bernardino fought back with two goals -- Casey Hirsch (58th) and Jani Carmona (87th) -- to send the match into overtime. After a scoreless first half of OT, Kara Yamamoto sent the fans at Pioneer Stadium home happy with a 109th-minute goal and a 3-2 win.

"I'm happy our players weren't content with a tie," said Lady Pioneers coach Amy Gerace. "It shows a lot of character to persevere in the final minutes of overtime and score a goal."

East Bay men host Notre Dame de Namur on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. before both teams go on the road for two games over the weekend. On Friday, Oct. 8, the soccer clubs will be in Los Angeles to take on Cal State-L.A. before heading to Carson to battle Cal State-Dominguez Hills on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Both the Pioneer cross country teams took park in the Willamette Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 2, in Portland, Ore., with limited success. East Bay's men's cross country team finished the race in 23rd while the women crossed the finish line 18th. The next meet for either side is Oct. 16 at Santa Clara University's Bronco Invitational.

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