No. 1 CSUSB Sweeps Two Matches at UCSD


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LA JOLLA, Calif. - Top-ranked Cal State San Bernardino swept past two opponents Friday on the first day of the 2008 UC San Diego Tritons Women's Volleyball Tournament, defeating Seattle Pacific University and Notre Dame de Namur by identical 3-0 scores.

The Coyotes, ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II, are now 5-0 as they prepare to face 24th-ranked BYU-Hawaii and Lynn University on Saturday at RIMAC Arena on the UCSD campus at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

All-American Jessica Granados, the NCAA D-2 player of the week for her MVP performance in the 2008 Coyote Classic last weekend, led the Coyotes' win over Seattle Pacific with 17 kills on .393 hitting and seven digs. CSUSB won the first and third games easily 25-12 and 25-14, but struggled to take game two at 28-26.

Sophomore outside hitter Jane Chafeh had a big match for the Coyotees with 14 kills on .429 hitting with two blocks. The Coyotes hit .375 as a team. All-America setter Sara Hoffman had 45 assists. Paige Hoffman led the Falcons (1-5) with eight kills on .462 hitting.

In the late match against Notre Dame de Namur, the Coyotes won handily 25-13, 25-20 and 25-18 over the winless Argonauts (0-7).

CSUSB Coach Kim Cherniss used her entire roster in the match with senior outside hitter Deanna Bathauer playing the best match of her Coyote career with a match-high nine kills on .273 hitting, seven digs and two block assists. Freshman middle hitter Mercedes Winchester had six kills on six attacks (1.000) while junior OH Ashtin Hall had six kills and two block assists.

Junior setter Alyssa Auck had a match-high 32 assists. Caitlin Torres and Jena Lewis led the Argonauts with five kills apiece and Torres was effective at the net with four blocks, two of them solo. Senior middle hitter Jennifer Washington had four blocks for CSUSB, one solo.

Article courtesy of Cal State-San Berardino athletics.

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