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Women’s volleyball sweeps Sonoma & Humboldt

By Esteban Leon, CONTRIBUTOR

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This past weekend was filled with victories for the Cal State East Bay’s women’s volleyball team as they swept both Sonoma State and Humboldt State.

After the successful wins, the team has a six-game winning streak and is tied for first place with Cal State Monterey Bay (12-6 overall, 7-4 CCAA) in the north division of the California Collegiate Athletic Association conference.

On Friday Oct. 5, the Pioneers defeated the Sonoma State Seawolves with ease. Throughout the three sets, they didn’t allow Sonoma to reach over 20 points and finished the third set dominating with a score of 25-12. The loss for the Seawolves moved their record to 8-11 overall and 4-6 in the conference.

The 20 point total difference of 34-54 from Friday night showed that East Bay’s offense took control of the game. The Pioneers had a hitting percentage of .462 compared to the .042 of Sonoma State. This was the best hitting percentage they have had this season.

Senior outside hitter Lindsay Ray led the team with a total of 11 kills and seven digs to help defeat the Seawolves. Senior setter Katie Ireland had a grand total of 29 assists and 11 digs, while also receiving three kills and three blocks.The only player to complete a double-double for the night.

The following day on Saturday Oct. 6, the team faced against the Humboldt State Lumberjacks. For the second game in a row, the Pioneers were able to sweep their opponent, while also extending their win streak. While Humboldt State continued their losing streak to nine games and falling to 3-11 overall and 0-9 in the CCAA.

They finished the opening set of the game with a score of 25-9 and held Humboldt state to a negative hitting percentage of -.128. The Pioneers continued their dominance throughout the next two sets. Early in the second set, they took control right away with a 11-1 lead and ended the set with another dominating score of 25-12.

In the final set of the night, head coach Kim Lambert was able to use the entire team as she substituted a majority of her starters to give playing opportunities to everyone on the team.

The Jacks took an early 11-5 lead during the set, but the Pioneers managed to take back control in last half of the set to win with a score of 25-20.

“When we’re down in points during a game we make sure to stay positive and make sure we’re doing everything we need to do on the court to succeed,” said junior libero Natahlee Wilson, who led the team with a total of 19 digs and had a season best of eight assists said led.

Ray also dominated for the second straight game as she ended the night with 12 kills, 11 digs, four assists, and one ace. Her performance for these past two games has earned her the CCAA Volleyball Player of the week, which is an honor given to one individual player per week for their performance.

After a successful weekend, the Pioneers are now 11-8 overall and 8-4 in conference play. They were to face Bay Area rivals, the San Francisco State Gators (10-7 overall, 5-5 CCAA) on Wednesday Oct. 10 at home.

The game with San Francisco State is referred to as the “Dig Pink”  game to Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Pioneers will wear pink and donate proceeds of the ticket sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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