Sept. 18, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- Second-ranked Cal State San Bernardino hammered No. 17 Cal State L.A. early and often Friday night en route to a surprisingly easy 3-0 sweep of the Golden Eagles in a CCAA conference women's volleyball match before 201 fans in the Eagles Nest. The Coyotes, 6-1 overall, 3-0 in the CCAA, shellacked L.A. 25-7 in the first set and followed it with set wins of 25-15, 25-14 while hitting a prodigious .456 as a team with 36 kills in 68 swings with just five attack errors while the hosts hit a lowly .065. L.A. dropped to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the CCAA. This match was billed as a rematch of the teams' NCAA Division II West Region championship contest won by the Coyotes last November in San Bernardino but the drama was knocked out of this match in a hurry. All-American outside hitter Jane Chafeh had 13 kills on .455 hitting with nine digs and two blocks to once again lead the Coyotes scoring parade. All-America middle blocker Samantha Middleborn continued her dominance at the net with nine kills on .692 hitting with no errors, three service aces and two blocks. Sophomore Camille Smith finished with 28 assists guiding the Coyotes offense. Head Coach Kim Cherniss apparently wanted to send a message, using only eight of the team's 16 players. Natalia Gonzalez led Cal State L.A. with 10 kills on .240 hitting. CSUSB hit .562 in the first set with no attack errors and a remarkable .650 in the third set with 15 kills on 20 swings. Leading 12-5 in the first set, CSUSB ran off eight straight points to lead 20-5 on an L.A. error and closed out the set on a Middleborn ace. Things were much closer early in set two with the Coyotes leading 13-9 but another run blew the set open at 20-9 on a kill by Morgan Carty. Again, Middleborn finished off the set with an ace. The Coyotes took an early 10-3 in the third set, scoring five straight points on Middleborn's serve and led 19-9 on a kill by Megan Johnson. CSUSB will play Cal State Dominguez Hills at the Carson campus at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Toros upset Cal Poly Pomona, 3-1, Friday night for their first win of the season.