No.3 CSUSB outlasts Vikings in finale of WWU Invitational Tournament
Sept. 1, 2007
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Tournament MVP Sharea Drawn had 26 kills, helping Cal State University San Bernardino overcome a two-game deficit and defeat Western Washington University, 27-30, 20-30, 30-20, 30-24, 15-12, in a battle of nationally ranked teams that concluded final-day action Saturday at the Western Washington University Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
Western, ranked No.23 in the pre-season AVCA NCAA Division II Coaches Poll, fell to 4-3 on the season. CSUSB, which was No.3 in the pre-season poll, improved to 8-0.
The Vikings held a 5-4 lead in the fifth game on an ace by outside hitter Emily Castro (Sr., Bellingham/Meridian), but the Coyotes ran off the next three points and held the lead the rest of the way.
Castro led Western with 19 kills, and outside hitter Jaime Anderson (Sr., SeaTac/Mount Rainier) added 16. Western libero Courtney Schneider (Sr., Snohomish) had 40 digs for the Vikings and became the Great Northwest Athletic Conference leader in career digs with 2,008. Her four-year total now stands at 2,023.
The Vikings won the first two games, overcoming a 6-2 deficit to win the first game, then opening up a 23-13 margin in winning the second. The Coyotes, who had swept their previous seven matches of the season, used a run of six straight points to grab an 11-5 lead in winning the third game, then scored six of the last seven points to win the fourth.
Outside hitter Jessica Granados had 18 kills for CSUSB, and joined Drawn on the all-tourney team along with Coyote libero Meghan Haas. Anderson, Castro and Schneider were all named to the team from Western.
Completing the all-tournament team were Vanessa Williams and Jenna Young of Cal Poly Pomona, Emily Powell of Seattle U., and Kayla Mainer of Western Oregon.
Earlier in the day, Cal State San Bernardino, which was 4-0 in the tourney, had defeated Western Oregon, 30-24, 30-27, 30-17.
Cal Poly Pomona was 3-1 in the tournament. On Saturday, the Broncos defeated Saint Martin's, 30-13, 30-13, 30-25; and Seattle U., 30-21, 30-23, 30-26. In other final-day action, Cal State University Dominguez Hills lost to Seattle U., 30-20, 30-24, 30-18; then defeated Saint Martin's, 30-26, 30-22, 30-24.
Western, which was 2-1 in the tournament, the first it has hosted since 2002, open GNAC play at Saint Martin's University on Thurs., Sept. 6 (7 p.m.).
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