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October 7, 2011 > Pioneers down Notre Dame de Namur

Pioneers down Notre Dame de Namur

Submitted By Kelly Hayes

Behind 13 kills and four aces from sophomore Katie Allen, the Cal State East Bay volleyball team handed Notre Dame de Namur its 16th loss of the season in three sets (25-21, 25-16, 25-11) on October 4 at Pioneer Gym. The Pioneers (10-4) posted their second victory of the season over the Argonauts (2-16), hitting at a .302 clip and dropping in nine aces on the night.

Allen tied East Bay's season-high for kills in a three-set match and helped the Pioneers post nine aces in the match, just one off from the highest total of the season. The Modesto native has already surpassed her team-leading aces total from her rookie campaign and is leading the team with an average of 2.54 kills per set.

Kitona Offord, Nikki Long and Samantha Bruno each added six kills in the match, with Bruno hitting at a team-leading .385 clip. Long posted a pair of blocks, including one solo effort, while Offord added a pair of blocks to help the Pioneers out-block NDNU, 5-1. East Bay's setting duo of Kristin Neary and Danielle Stewart dispersed the ball well again, with Neary leading the way with 25 assists and Stewart adding 13. Senior libero Leslie Ray posted a match-high 19 digs, while Nicole Boyle added 15 digs, five kills and three aces.

Notre Dame de Namur was led by Jennifer Jasper's nine kills, while Brooke DeMiguel and Christina Villamayor posted seven kills apiece. Bailey Agnello dished out 24 assists for the Argonauts and Paulina Akiona led the defense with 14 digs. NDNU hit at just a .137 clip, committing 16 attack errors in 102 attempts. The Argonauts also struggled on serve-receive, posting nine errors in 62 chances.

Cal State East Bay will jump back into the conference season with a true test this weekend when it welcomes a pair of ranked teams in No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino and No. 16 UC San Diego. The two teams sit atop the CCAA standings, with the Coyotes coming into a three-match week with an undefeated record. The Pioneers and Coyotes are set for a 7 p.m. first serve at Pioneer Gym on Friday, which will also mark the third annual Dig for a Cure Night to support breast cancer research. Saturday, East Bay and UCSD will meet at 7 p.m. at Pioneer Gym. The two squads will first face off with each other on Wednesday night at UC San Diego.

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