No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino are Outright CCAA Champs

11/15/2008

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - It was Senior Night in Coussoulis Arena Saturday night and the six Cal State San Bernardino seniors who were playing the final regular season home match of their careers started and finished what they set out to do.

The Coyotes volleyball team made it three straight outright California Collegiate Athletic Association championships in a row with a 3-0 sweep of last-place Cal State Dominguez Hills before 247 fans to finish the regular season 17-3 in the CCAA and 25-3 overall.

The Toros concluded their disappointing season 3-25 overall and 2-18 in the CCAA.

The Coyotes await the NCAA Championships Committee announcement on Sunday night as to whether they will retain the No. 1 seed for the West Regional on Nov. 20-22 and whether CSUSB will host the tournament for the third straight year.

Sara Rice, Jessica Granados, Meghan Haas, Alicia Karver, Jennifer Washington and Deanne Bathauer were honored before the match and all six played all three sets as CSUSB dominated play, 25-7, 25-13 and 25-22.

Only junior setters Sara Hoffman and Alyssa Auck saw any action for the Coyotes other than the seniors.

Granados led the way with 10 kills on .600 hitting while Rice had nine kills on .533 hitting. Haas swapped her libero shirt for a hitter's shirt and finished with five kills and 10 digs. Bathauer had six kills.    

Washington had three kills and Karver had four kills, eight digs and a solo block on .375 hitting.

Auck had 23 assists and Hoffman 11 in their stints.

Marissa Anderson had six of the Toros' 18 kills in the match while Ashley Clark had a team high five digs. Ashley Davison contributed three block assists. The Toros hit a minutes .013 for the match with 19 attack errors.

CSUSB hit .333 for the match.

There were no lead changes or ties in the first two sets but the score was tied five times in set three and the Toros led on two occasions.

In the third set, Dominguez Hills took a 16-15 lead on a kill by Anderson only to have Rice tie it on a kill and take the lead back on a kill by Bathauer. CSUSB opened up a three-point advantage at 20-17 on kill by Washington.

The Toros rallied to get with in one at 21-20 on Davison's kill but the match ended on a Toros service error after CSUSB pulled ahead 24-22.

Article courtesy of San Bernardino athletics.

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