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September 13, 2011 > CSUEB Volleyball win streak ends

CSUEB Volleyball win streak ends

Submitted By Kelly Hayes

After a hard-fought five sets, the Cal State East Bay volleyball team came out on the losing end of a 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 16-25, 15-11) decision, sending Cal State LA home with a win to open the CCAA season on Friday night. The Pioneers (4-1, 0-1 CCAA) were coming off a four-game winning streak to start the season season but struggled with hitting throughout the loss to the Golden Eagles (4-1, 1-0), hitting at just a .076 clip.

Sophomore Katie Allen's 14 kills led the Pioneers, while Samantha Bruno hit at a .285 clip and added eight kills. Allen was the only Cal State East Bay player to hit double figures in kills. Junior Kitona Offord, however, fell just one putaway short with nine. Danielle Stewart and Kristin Neary shared setting duties, combining for 41 assists, while senior Leslie Ray posted 30 digs for East Bay.

Samantha Potter's 14-kill, 12-dig double-double led the Golden Eagles. Marquis Mora joined her in double digits with 12 kills, while Kaylynne Taeatafa's 39 assists were a game high.

Neither team hit particularly well on the night, as the Pioneers finished with 47 kills and 34 errors in 170 attempts and Cal State LA hit just .196, committing 26 attack errors of their own.

Set 1 - Cal State LA 25, Cal State East Bay 22
Though Cal State LA got out to an 8-6 lead early on in the set, the Pioneers came charging back with eight straight points behind Offord's serve to take a 13-8 advantage. The Golden Eagles responded to pull even at 14, one of 10 ties in the first set, before East Bay took a 20-17 lead on four hitting errors by Cal State LA. The Golden Eagles rallied, though, scoring eight of the last 10 points of the set, thanks to four kills from Potter, to pick up the 25-22 win.

Set 2 - Cal State East Bay 25, Cal State LA 23
In yet another back-and-forth set, the Pioneers and Golden Eagles were tied 11 times. Cal State East Bay trailed by as many as four points early on, as Cal State LA took advantage of three early hitting errors by the Pioneers. East Bay bounced back with a 6-2 run that saw it reel off five straight points, including two kills from Offord and an ace from Allen. Tied 10-10, the Golden Eagles answered with a run of their own to take a 19-14 lead. The Pioneers were unfazed, however, as they regained the lead, 21-20 and held off a late run from Cal State LA to finish out the set and tie the match 1-1.

Set 3 - Cal State LA 25, Cal State East Bay 15
Although the Pioneers jumped out to a 4-0 lead early on, the third set was all Cal State LA. After coming back with seven straight points, the Golden Eagles built up a 15-11 lead and never looked back. Cal State LA finished the set on a 10-4 run and hit at a .438 clip, committing just three errors in the set. Potter's four kills paced LA, while the Pioneers hit .200, led by Allen's three putaways.

Set 4 - Cal State East Bay 25, Cal State LA 16
The Pioneers returned the favor with their backs against the wall in the fourth set, taking the lead on the first serve and never trailing or being tied in the set. After getting off to a 12-6 lead early on, the Pioneers finished the set strong despite allowing the Golden Eagles a late six-point run on set-point. Though East Bay hit just .171 as a team, Allen and Bruno had their best sets of the match, hitting .571 and .667, respectively, while adding four kills apiece. Danielle Stewart posted eight of her 18 assists in the set and Ray and Allen combined for 14 digs.

Set 5 - Cal State LA 15, Cal State East Bay 11
The fifth set proved to be a microcosm of the entire match, as the two teams played tug-of-war once more. Cal State East Bay got out to an early 2-0 lead on a Cal State LA service error and an ace from Allen. The Golden Eagles answered, however, reeling off five straight points thanks to three errors by the Pioneers. Trailing 5-2, it was East Bay's turn for a run, drawing even at 8-8 with a 6-3 run, led by a pair of kills from Nikki Long. The Golden Eagles took a 10-8 lead before East Bay followed with two points of its own to tie the set at 10. Though Cal State LA took gained an 11-10 advantage, the Pioneers weren't done yet, as they pulled even for the fourth tie of the set, 11-11. From there, however, the Golden Eagles took over, taking advantage of two Pioneer errors to close out the set and the match.

Cal State East Bay gets a chance to turn things back around tomorrow night when it plays host to Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Toros (1-4, 0-1) were swept by Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday night. The Pioneers and Toros are set for a 7 p.m. first serve at Pioneer Gym on Saturday.

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