No. 4 CSUSB Sweeps Shippensburg

8/29/2008

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Fourth-ranked Cal State San Bernardino improved to 2-0 on the young season Friday night with a 3-0 sweep of Shippensburg on day two of the 2008 Coyote Volleyball Classic on its home court.

The Coyotes, who play 15th-ranked Lewis University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night in Coussoulis Arena, dispatched the Raiders 25-17, 25-16 and 25-17 in a match that featured the CSUSB reserves, including some promising freshmen.

Freshman outside hitter Morgan Carty led the team with eight kills while sophomore Jane Chafeh nailed six of her 10 attacks (.600 hitting) and freshman Megan Johnson finished with five kills along with junior Ashtin Hall.

Fourteen players saw action and only Carty appeared in all three sets. Senior libero Meghan Haas had a match-high 17 digs for the Coyotes who hit .323 for the match while the Raiders were held to a minus .028 hitting, converting on just 21 of 109 attacks.

Hannah Sorber was the best offensive player for Shippensburg (0-2) with seven kills on .263 hitting. Maureen DuVall had 16 assists and Colleen Toomey led the team in digs with 12.

On the final day of play in the tournament, Shippensburg will face top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul (2-1) at 10 a.m., followed by UC San Diego (0-1) against Lewis (1-1) at noon. UCSD returns at 5 p.m. to face Shippensburg.

CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL 3-3, LEWIS UNIVERSITY- UCSD 0-1

Whitney Meierotto posted a match-high 19 kills to go with 12 digs Friday to lead 2007 NCAA Division II champion Concordia-St. Paul to a 3-1 victory over No. 22 UC San Diego Friday on day two of the 2008 Coyote Volleyball Classic at Cal State San Bernardino.

The No. 1-ranked Golden Bears followed that up with a 3-0 sweep of No. 15 Lewis University to improve to 2-1 on the season after a season-opening 3-0 loss at the hands of No. 4 Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday night.

In the early match, No. 15 Lewis University swept past Shippensburg 3-0.

The top-ranked Golden Bears squeaked out a 25-22 decision in the first set against UC San Diego, lost the second set 28-26 to the Tritons, rallied in game three for a 29-27 set win and closed out the match with a dominating 25-12 performance in the fourth set.

Raina Hein and Maria Steinhagen each had nine kills to back Meierotto's offense. Hein also had a solo block and four block assists. Mary Slinger had 21 digs while Sadie Kessler had 20. Setter Maggie McNamara had 48 assists and 12 digs.

Senior Rebecca Bailey led the Tritons (0-1) with 12 kills. Junior Sylvia Schmidt had 11 kills and five block assists. Setter Elaine Chen contributed 31 assists.
Concordia-St. Paul hit .219 for the match while the Tritons hit just .121. The teams combined for 49 attack errors.

The second and third sets were particularly tight with the score tied 15 times in set two and 11 times in set three.

Against Lewis, Concordia-St. Paul earned the win with sets of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-21 led by sophomore Emily Palkert's 13 kills and four blocks. Maria Steinhagen had 10 kills. Setter Maggie McNamara contributed 37 assists. Mary Slinger and Sadie Kessler combined for 26 digs.

Stephanie Sagat led the Flyers with 12 kills in 20 attacks with no errors for a .600 hitting percentage. Libero Lauren Hatter had 10 digs and setter Rachel Ruedi had 23 assists. The Golden Bears hit .279 for the match, holding Lewis to a .162 percentage.

LEWIS UNIVERSITY 3, SHIPPENSBURG 0

Lewis University defeated Shippensburg 3-0 in the first match of the Coyote Volleyball Classic on Friday. Stephanie Sagat and Kim Richards each had nine kills for the Flyers wlith Richards hitting at a .471 clip and posting a match-high four block assists.. Rachel Ruedi had 28 assists. Libero Lauren Hatter had 18 digs.

Libby Woffindin led Shippensburg with six kills and setter Maureen DuVall had 11 assists. The Raiders hit a minus .079 in the match converting only 15 of 89 attacks with 22 attack errors while Lewis hit .274 as a team with only 11 attack errors.

Article courtesy of Cal State San Bernardino athletics.

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