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Women’s volleyball wins back-to-back games

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Women’s volleyball wins back-to-back games

Samantha Bruno and Jovan Turner team up for a block on Saturday in Hayward.

Samantha Bruno and Jovan Turner team up for a block on Saturday in Hayward.

Photo | Tam Duong Jr.

Samantha Bruno and Jovan Turner team up for a block on Saturday in Hayward.

Photo | Tam Duong Jr.

Photo | Tam Duong Jr.

Samantha Bruno and Jovan Turner team up for a block on Saturday in Hayward.

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The Cal State East Bay women’s volleyball team won its last two home games improving to 9-14 overall and 6-12 in California Collegiate Athletics Association competition.

The Pioneers defeated two CCAA foes on back-to-back nights beating Cal State Los Angeles, 13-7 overall, 11-6 conference, on Friday and Cal State Dominguez Hills, 2-19, 1-16, on Saturday.

CSUEB held off a tough CSULA Golden Eagles squad, winning by a final of three sets to one. The Pioneers jumped out to a 1-0 lead after taking the first set 25-21.

The Golden Eagles fired back nabbing the second set to even the contest at 1-1.

Seniors delivered in the triumph for CSUEB with Amber Hall collecting 15 kills and Ashia Joseph assisting her teammates 39 times, taking the next two sets and securing the victory.

“Both our seniors and our freshman really stepped up and played outstanding team volleyball,” coach Jim Spagle said.

“Beating a team playing for an NCAA playoff berth was a real step forward for the 2014 volleyball team.”

Junior Angie Maina was crucial for the Pioneers in the victory over CSULA tallying a game-high 23 digs.

CSUEB carried that momentum with it in to Saturday’s match against CSUDH.

The Toros were able to keep the contest close before the Pioneers pulled away securing a three sets to zero victory with seniors again leading the way.

“The team maintained their composure and fought through some lapses both offensively and defensively to get the win,” Spagle said. “Particularly satisfying to me was that was the first match this season in which we have struggled yet still pulled off a victory, which is a good sign in the maturity and toughness this team has developed during the past few weeks.”

Hall once again led the team in kills totaling 11 and Joseph continued her impressive assisting gathering 35 in the win.

“I’ve always got to give credit to my setters,” Hall said. “Without them I would be nothing.”

Maina also continued her dominance in the middle digging 15 times in the triumph over CSUDH.

Senior Samantha Bruno chipped in with 8 kills of her own and the impressive freshman Kiani Rayford nabbed 8 kills as well.

The Pioneers have just four regular season games remaining on the schedule.

Next up for CSUEB is another CCAA game against Sonoma State at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Rohnert Park.

The Seawolves are 16-5 overall this season with an impressive 14-3 record in conference competition also winning its last two matches.

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