Courtesy | Steve Connolly
CSUEB women’s volleyball lose final game
November 20, 2014
The Cal State East Bay women’s volleyball season came to an end on Saturday at Pioneer Gymnasium.
CSUEB fell to 10-17 overall and 7-15 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play after losing to Cal Poly Pomona (15-10, 13-9) 3-1. With just four seniors departing from this year’s squad, CSUEB and head coach Jim Spagle have a lot to look forward to next season.
“My four seniors were real catalysts for everything we did on the court this season,” Spagle said. “With a great group of freshman returning, and the addition of four outstanding 2015 signed high school seniors, next year will be the foundation for this program to compete with the big guns of the CCAA.”
The four seniors were vital in Saturday’s final match despite falling to the Broncos on senior night for the CSUEB players. Samantha Bruno led the team in kills totaling 15 on the night while fellow senior Amber Hall had a strong showing amassing 10 kills of her own.
“I just really want to thank the coaches and staff for keeping me healthy,” Hall said.
Hall has stayed healthy all year long for the Pioneers collecting a team high 324 kills this season while playing in all 27 matches for CSUEB. Senior Ashia Joseph also had a strong night in her final appearance for the Pioneers leading the team in assists with 38 in the match and a stunning 795 for the season.
“My teammates and especially the other seniors really made me a great player,” Joseph said.
Also in her final match of her CSUEB career senior Veronica Sanchez collected five digs and a service ace. Junior Angie Maina came on strong in the second half of the season taking over in the middle down the stretch for the Pioneers.
After falling behind two sets to zero against Cal Poly Pomona, CSUEB rallied back led by it’s seniors to take the third set by a final of 25-22. Despite keeping the score close the Broncos managed to diffuse the CSUEB rally and secure the match 3-1.
“I knew this season would be a real challenge with so many freshman playing prominent roles on the court for us,” Spagle said. “With that said, I believe the team played with poise and determination.”