No. 21 Cal State L.A. Remains Unbeaten, Wins CCAA Opener


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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cal State L.A.'s women's volleyball team got its 2008 California Collegiate Athletic Association season off to a good start.

The Golden Eagles pulled away from Cal State Dominguez Hills in a tight first set and never looked back in a 25-18, 25-19, 25-13 win Wednesday night in the Eagles Nest. Cal State L.A., ranked 21st in the nation in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, won in the CCAA opener for both teams and remained unbeaten on the season with an 8-0 overall record.

Ursula Vieira led the way with 11 kills and three blocks, while Gabriela Bulawczyk had nine kills and one block. Cal State L.A. held a 38-29 advantage in kills and hit at a .284 percentage to just .080 for Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-8, 0-1).

Ashley Clark and Madison Horsley had six kills each for the Toros. Horsley also led with 10 digs.

Cal State L.A. also got seven kills, 14 set assists and four blocks from Keslie Brown, six kills and six blocks from Amy McMahon and 15 set assists and seven digs from Kaylynne De La Rosa.

The Golden Eagles had four aces - two each by Bulawczyk and Stefanie Gay - and enjoyed a 9-3 advantage in blocks.

The first set was the most competitive of the night and after trailing, 13-9, the Toros went on a big run and grabbed an 18-17 lead after a kill by Clark.

After a timeout, though, Cal State L.A. scored the final eight points of the set on kills by Bulawczyk and McMahon, a Toro attack error, a block by McMahon and Bulawczyk, a block by Brown and McMahon, a ball-handling error by the Toros and back-to-back kills by Bulawczyk that ended the frame.

The Toros led early in the second set as well, as late as 8-7 after a kill by Clark. Cal State L.A., though, responded with an 8-2 run to take control of the set. A kill by Brown, a ball-handling error by the Toros, an attack error by the Toros and a kill by Bulawczyk got the run started.

After the Golden Eagles opened up a 20-12 lead, Cal State Dominguez Hills scored the next three points on kills by Heather Rushton and TaMesha Jefferson and a Cal State L.A. attack error to pull to within 20-15.

That's as close as the Toros would get, though, and Cal State L.A. got a kill from Vieira to end the set.

Cal State L.A. started the third set quickly and promptly opened up a 17-7 lead. The Toros made it 17-10, but the Golden Eagles scored the next three points to take a 20-10 advantage and led comfortably the rest of the way.

Cal State L.A. will return to action on Friday with a road match at UC San Diego.

Article courtesy of Cal State L.A. athletics.

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