Cal State L.A. Upsets No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino in Four Games

10/11/2008

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - An inspired Cal State Los Angeles volleyball team took the measure of No.2-ranked Cal State San Bernardino Saturday night, defeating the Coyotes, 3-1, behind the impressive offensive hitting by Ursula Vieira and Gabriela Bulawczyk.

Backed by a loud, chanting Golden Eagles rooting section, L.A. dropped the first set 25-22 and then swept past the Coyotes 25-22, 25-19 and 25-23 to improve to 14-3 on the season and 7-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

The Coyotes, 16-2, dropped into a tie for first place at 8-2 in the CCAA with UC San Diego, which defeated visiting Humboldt State, 3-1. The Tritons are now 14-3 overall.

The victory was impressive for the Golden Eagles, who have now beaten both teams ahead of them in the standings.

Bulawczyk finished the match with a match-high 19 kills on .260 hitting with 10 digs. Vieira had 17 kills in 27 attacks on .444 hitting. Stefanie Gay had 21 digs. Keslie Brown and Kaylynne De La Rosa combined for 41 assists. De La Rosa also contributed 13 digs.

For the Coyotes, Jessica Granados had a team-high 16 kills on .326 hitting with seven digs. Ashtin Hall had 13 kills, eight digs and four blocks. Freshman Samantha Middleborn had seven kills on .583 hitting and freshman Morgan Carty had five kills. Setter Sara Hoffman had 44 assists. Libero Meghan Haas finished with 21 digs. Freshman Kelcie Tolan had 14 digs.

Cal State L.A. outhit the Coyotes .260 to .240 and 11 service errors hurt the Coyotes cause.

Hall had 11 of her 13 kills in the first two sets while Granados had 11 of her kills in the final two sets.

After winning the first set, the Coyotes and Golden Eagles were knotted at 22-all in the second set but L.A. pulled it out 25-22 on three kills by Bulawczyk and back-to-back errors by CSUSB sophomore Jane Chafeh.

The Golden Eagles zoomed out to a 12-5 advantage in the third set, but the Coyotes rallied to get within three points on four different occasions, the last at 21-18. However, Chelsea Hamilton, Vieira and Balawczyk gave L.A. a 24-19 advantage and closed out the set on a kill by Lindsay Laakso.

Set four started out the same with L.A. racing to a 12-4 lead. Trailing 15-6, the Coyotes ran off six straight points to trail 15-12. The Golden Eagles were up 23-18, but the Coyotes refused to go away and rallied to cut the lead to one, 23-22, on an L.A. error, blocks by Granados and Sara Rice, blocks by Carty and Rice and a Granados kill.

A Coyote attack was ruled long by the officials to make it 24-22 but Granados planted another kill to make it 24-23 before L.A. closed out the match on Balawczyk's final kill of the night.

It was the first match of the season that the Coyotes fell behind 2-1. CSUSB led UCSD 2-0 before succumbing 3-2 at the Tritons gym in suffering their first loss of the season.

Article courtesy of Cal State San Bernardino athletics.

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