The Cal State Stanislaus volleyball team was closing in on a rare fourth straight win in the California Collegiate Athletic Association on Friday.
But, in the end, Cal State San Marcos denied the Warriors.
Stanislaus (12-6, 6-6), one week after its ringing upset victories over Chico State and Cal Poly Pomona, could not put away the Cougars (5-15, 2-10) and eventually lost a heart breaker in five sets. The Warriors, up 2-1, led 22-19 in the fourth set but did not clinch the win. Instead, they were beaten 23-25, 20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-10.
Stanislaus sought only its second four-game winning streak since it joined the CCAA.
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Blair Ehrlich enjoyed a big night for Stanislaus with 20 kills, 13 digs and four block assists. Her consecutive kills opened the door for the Warriors late in the fourth set. It was Ehrlich’s third 20-plus kill night this season – all away from Fitzpatrick Arena.
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Jocelyn Cervantes had 15 kills and Taylor Massengale – honored as the CCAA’s Player of the Week – had 11 kills. Cervantes also led the Warriors with 19 digs for the team that tops the CCAA in digs.
Pirates at home Wednesday – Modesto Junior College (5-11, 1-5), tied for sixth place with Diablo Valley in the Big 8 Conference, can snap a five-match losing streak Wednesday night at home against the Vikings.
Stanislaus awaits Sonoma St. – The Warrior men (11-2-1), enjoying a quiet part of their schedule, prepare for their next CCAA game next Friday at Sonoma State. Coach Dana Taylor dug deep into his bench but the Warriors still engineered a 3-0 nonleague win last Wednesday over UC Santa Cruz.
Daniel Kuczynski, recovering from an ankle injury, scored his first goal since Sept. 20. He finished after a chip-pass from Josue Barajas for his 10th goal of the season. Barajas and Kuczynski also combined talents earlier in the match, as Kuczynski dished to Barajas in the box.
Freshman Ryan Chaney accounted for Stanislaus’ first goal after a long throw-in by Josh Jacobs. Stanislaus outshot the Banana Slugs 20-5.
With four CCAA matches left, the Warriors sit in second place, one point behind Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Santa Rosa 2, MJC 0 – Unbeaten Santa Rosa handed the MJC women a 2-0 loss in Big 8 action Friday. The defending champion Pirates (10-4, 4-3) sit in third place after having their three-match winning streak snapped by the Bear Cubs. Modesto welcomes second-place Delta on Friday.
Home matches next week – The MJC men (8-6, 1-2), currently in fourth place in the five-team Big 8, will host to Merritt on Wednesday and Delta on Friday.
Pirates 4th at North Duals – Cristian Vasquez (125), Noor Kathem (157) and Mark Taijeron (149) all went 3-0 for the day as MJC placed fourth out of all 10 NorCal teams at the North Team Duals, a NorCal preview Saturday at Sierra College. The Pirates defeated Lassen and Chabot but twice were beaten by Santa Rosa, the latter match for third place. Modesto travels to Santa Rosa on Wednesday night.
Modesto also placed fourth out of 12 teams last weekend at its Mike Tamana Invitational. Fresno pulled away from Mt. San Antonio to take home the team title. Bakersfield was third.
Second team win – MJC, led by Cambry Hastings’ 84, tied with Sierra for first place during a Big 8 tournament last Thursday at Windsor. It was Modesto’s second Big 8 win, though it continues to trail first-place Sierra with three tournaments to go.