KENOSHA, Wis. - Thanks to a match-high 10 kills by senior Justina Begemann, No. 24 Lewis defeated Wi

9/6/2008

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - Cal State San Bernardino's No.1-ranked women's volleyball team defeated No. 24 BYU-Hawaii and unranked Lynn University by identical scores of 3-1 Saturday at the UC San Diego Tritons Invitational to head into conference play next week with an unbeaten 7-0 record.

All-American Jessica Granados, the NCAA Div. II player of the week after an MVP performance in the Coyote Classic, had two strong outings Saturday. She had 17 kills on .438 hitting with five block assists in the victory over BYU-Hawaii and 18 kills on .372 hitting plus seven blocks in the win over Lynn.

Granados was named to the all-tournament team along with libero Meghan Haas.

Sophomore Jane Chafeh was nearly as good in both matches. Chafeh had 12 kills on .417 hitting against the Seasiders then came up with 18 kills and three block assists against Lynn.

CSUSB lost its first set of the year against BYU-Hawaii after five consecutive 3-0 sweeps to open the season. However, the Coyotes prevailed against the Seasiders 25-14, 20-25, 25-17 and 25-10.

Against the Fighting Knights from Boca Raton, Fla., , the Coyotes won 25-22, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-19 despite a match-high 21 kills from Lynn's Camila Lins. Lins also had 10 digs and three blocks.

"They were the toughest team we played here," said Coach Kim Cherniss of the Fightning Knights. " It was a nice win and gave us experience against a tough team heading into conference."

Other CSUSB standouts in the win over BYU-Hawaii were junior Ashtin Hall with 10 kills and two blocks while all-America setter Sara Hoffman had 47 assists.

In the win over Lynn, Hoffman came through with 53 assists while senior middle hitter Sara Rice had a season-high 11 kills and eight block assists. Haas had 30 digs against Lynn and 17 against BYU-Hawaii.

The Coyotes open up CCAA play on the road Sept. 12-13 at Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State. The Gators are fielding a volleyball team this season for the first time in a few years.

Article courtesy of Cal State San Bernardino athletics.

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