TURLOCK -- The Cal State Stanislaus volleyball team got a much-needed win Saturday night at Warrior Arena.
The Warriors ended a nine-match losing streak with a 30-14, 33-35, 30-19, 30-25 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Stanislaus improved to 6-20 overall and 2-13 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Dominguez Hills is 2-24 overall, 1-14 in league.
"I am extremely proud of the way the team battled back this week and played tough tonight to earn this win," said Warriors coach Chris Difani said. "The wins on the court don't come without the entire team's efforts in practice. They continued to practice hard and it paid off tonight."
Debbie Vander Schaaf continued to be the team leader Saturday night with 16 kills and a strong hitting percentage of .412 (16-for-34 with two errors). Nicole Musso contributed 12 kills and four blocks and Megan Loghry led the team with six total blocks to go with her seven kills.
Sophia Lopes led the Toros with 16 kills and 16 digs.
"I am proud of Nicole's positive hitting percentage tonight and of course Debbie's leadership on the floor," Difani said.
Musso was 12 of 26 with five errors for .269. The Warriors had a .248 hitting percentage as a team.
Stanislaus libero Megan Britton recorded 15 digs to set a school record. The freshman has 434 with four matches remaining -- the old record was 424 by Sarah Barnett in 2002.
Also chipping in for the Warriors were Liz Cameron with eight kills and Jen Gee with nine digs. Setter Colleen Sullivan had 29 assists.
Next weekend the Warriors visit Cal State Monterey Bay and Sonoma State before finishing the season with a pair of home contests the following weekend.
CHICO ST. 2, CS STANISLAUS 1, at Chico -- The Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer team now will need some help to earn a berth in the CCAA Championships after falling to Chico State in its regular-season finale.
Stanislaus, is 7-5-2 in the CCAA with 23 points. With Chico (12-5-1, 10-3-1), UC San Diego and Dominguez Hills already in next week's tournament, the Warriors will need Cal State Los Angeles to lose its final two matches to earn the fourth and final spot.
The Warriors (9-9-2 overall) took a 1-0 lead 25 minutes into the first half Saturday when Melissa Phillips scored off a Jenna Kasch corner kick. Chico's Molly Downtain tied it about 90 seconds before intermission after a scramble in front of the net, and Melissa Lindsay broke the 1-1 tie with a goal from 12 yards out at the 68:34 mark.
"We played really well in the first half. Had a lot of confidence and created a lot of scoring chances," Stanislaus coach Gabe Bolton said.
CSLA plays Cal State Monterey Bay today and will play a make-up game against Cal State San Bernardino on Monday.
CHICO STATE 1, CS STANISLAUS 0, at Chico -- The loss by the Warriors (4-11-4, 3-8-3 CCAA) in their season finale was their ninth one-goal defeat this season.
Chico's Mike Gardner of Chico (8-12-0, 5-9-0) scored on a penalty kick at the 88:32 mark.
"It was just like how the season has gone for us," said Stanislaus coach Eric Mild. "I am pleased with how the guys played tonight and kept themselves in the game."
It was the Warriors' second 1-0 loss to the Wildcats this season. Stanislaus had two wins and a tie in its last six matches.