No. 4 CSUSB Sweeps No. 15 Lewis


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San Berardino, Calif. - Senior all-American Jessica Granados had a match-high 17 kills to lead fourth-ranked Cal State San Bernardino to a 3-0 sweep over 15th-ranked Lewis University Saturday night in the final match of the 2008 Coyote Volleyball Classic.

Granados, who had 23 kills in the tournament-opening win over top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul, was voted the tournament's most valuable player by the coaches of the participating teams. CSUSB prevailed 25-23, 25-22 and 25-16.

CSUSB wound up the tournament 3-0 as the only unbeaten team while Concordia-St. Paul went 3-1, UC San Diego 2-1, Lewis 1-3 and Shippensburg 0-4.

The Coyotes are now 20-1 in hosting six Coyote Classics in Coussoulis Arena and have won 14 tournament matches in a row.

Also voted to the all-tournament team were: Maggie McNamara and Mary Slinger of Concordia-St. Paul; Karen Reis of UC San Diego; Stephanie Sagat of Lewis; and Hannah Sorber of Shippensburg.

Providing help for Granados against Lewis were junior Ashtin Hall with 10 kills and nine digs; sophomore Jane Chafeh with eight kills; junior setter Sara Hoffman with 37 assists.

Sagat led Lewis with 10 kills. Setter Rachel Euedi had 23 assists and libero Lauren Hatter contributed 15 digs. CSUSB hit .250 for the match while Lewis hit just .182.


Senior Rebecca Bailey and junior Sylvia Schmidt combined for 25 kills Saturday to lead No. 22 UC San Diego to a 3-1 victory over No. 15 Lewis University on the final day of the 2008 Coyote Volleyball Classic at Cal State San Bernardino.

The Tritons (2-1) then defeated unranked Shippensburg, PA. 3-1 in their final tournament game.
Lewis captured the first set 25-21, but UCSD took the next three sets 25-17, 25-13 and 25-20.
Bailey had 15 kills while Schmidt had 10 in the match. Katie Condon had nine kills and Karen Reis had eight kills and six block assists as the Tritons hit .201 for the match. Cara Simonsen had seven block assists. Stephanie Sagat led the Flyers with 15 kills on .438 hitting.

Elaine Chen collected 39 assists and 10 digs for UCSD while freshman libero Roxanne Brunsting had a match-high 15 digs. Flyers setter Rachel Ruedi had 28 assists and 10 digs while libero Lauren Hatter had 14 digs.

Lewis lost one of its top players, Sara deBuhr midway through the match due to a leg injury. She had five kills and three blocks before being hurt.

In the win over Shippensburg, Kimberly Carpenter had 11 kills and Katie Condon 10 kills as the Tritons prevailed 25-17, 25-12, 21-25 and 26-24. Setter Kacey Martinez had 21 assists. Freshman libero Roxanne Brunsting had 16 digs. Karen Reis had 10 digs and five service aces.
Hannah Sorber and Colleen Toomey combined for 23 kills for the Raiders as they finished 0-4 in the tournament. Kelsi Hoffman had a match-high 18 digs while setter Maureen DuVall had 29 assists and 13 digs.


In the early match, top-ranked Concordia University of St. Paul, Minn., swept past unranked Shippensburg, 3-0..

The victory enabled the Golden Bears to improve to 3-1 on the season, their only loss coming in the tournament opener to No. 4 Cal State San Bernardino, 3-0.
Shippensburg dropped to 0-3 with a final match against No. 22 UC San Diego set for 5 p.m. today.

In other matches today, UCSD (0-1) plays No. 15 Lewis University (1-1) at noon while the host Coyotes (2-0) face Lewis at 7:30 p.m.

Sophomore Emily Palkert, the NCAA Div. II freshman of the year in 2007, played her best match of the tournament, finishing with 14 kills on .571 hitting and four block assists to lead the Golden Bears. All-America Maria Steinhagen had nine kills and five block assists. Sadie Kessler served up four aces.Libero Mary Slinger finished with 14 digs.

Colleen Toomey led the Raiders of Shippensburg with seven kills. Setter Maureen DuVall had 20 assists and libero Kelsi Hoffman had 11 digs.

Concordia-St. Paul hit .415 for the match (42 for 82 with only eight attack errors) while the Raiders were limited to .103 hitting (24 for 78 with 16 errors).

Under the new 25 point-rule the match lasted just 60 minutes.

Article courtesy of Cal State San Berardino athletics.

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