In a hard-fought battle against Cal State East Bay Friday night, the Cal State Stanislaus volleyball team put up a solid effort before dropping the contest in four sets, 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19.
Jennifer Marsh had one of her best matches this season to lead with nine kills. Lianne Vicchio tied her season-best with 19 digs to go with her nine kills for the Warriors. Cal State Stanislaus, which has dropped five straight, is now 6-6 overall and 2-6 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
After losing the first set, Cal State East Bay rallied for three straight to improve to 9-3 overall and 5-3 in conference play. Nicole Boyle led the Pioneers with 15 kills and Katie Allen had 10.
Trailing 12-9 in the first set, the Warriors gained momentum and put together a run with eight straight points for a 17-12 lead. East Bay did battle back and made it 21-20 at one point. Marsh put a kill away to regain control for Stanislaus and with the help of some Pioneer attack errors and ball handling errors, the Warrior took set one that ended on an Allen attack error.
For Stanislaus leader Vicchio, she had a tough going early offensively. The senior captain did manage to rally late in the match to finish with nine kills on 35 attempts. However, she had seven attacking errors and some fell in the hands of CSUEB blockers. Vicchio did pick up 19 digs to move up to No. 3 on the CSUS career list in digs. She now has 1,054 digs.
The tight battle continues for the rest of the night in sets two, three and four, without either team really taking charge. The momentums swung back and forth between both teams with CSUEB managing to pull out wins in the end of each set.
Another bright spot for the Warriors on the night was Jacqueline Moore-DesLauriers. The freshman tallied a career-high eight kills - doubling her previous best total - with two block assists. Setter Jessica Lehner also surprised CSUEB by putting away eight kills to go with her 30 assists.
Andrea Fett tied her career-best with six service aces on the night. Kayla Giles chipped in with 15 digs and six kills and libero Jaclyn Pinasco finished with 14 digs.
CSUEB libero Leslie Ray led all players with 23 digs as the Pioneers out-dug the Warriors 72-59.