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Alexander: Ride continues for Coyotes and comes to a halt for Lancers

By in Press Enterprise on December 2, 2017

By Jim Alexander

Cal State San Bernardino (@csusbathletics) will advance to the #NCAAD2 Western Regional Finals against Western Washington after defeating No. 1 @CBUvolleyball, 3-1, at CBU. 🏐

— James H. Williams • Sports Reporter • (@JHWreporter) December 2, 2017

RIVERSIDE — Cal Baptist’s volleyball players huddled on the court, moments after their season, and their winning streak and their championship dreams had ended.

It was sudden, and in some ways it was shocking, though the Cal State San Bernardino team that ended the Lancers’ season at 29-1 Friday night played magnificently and was entirely worthy of the victory in the Division II West Regional semifinals.

But the end is tough. Senior captain Lauren Hackett called it “bittersweet,” and later expanded on those thoughts, following CSUSB’s 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 25-22 victory in the NCAA Division II West Regional semifinals Friday night.

“I don’t mean to make a joke, but I don’t remember how it felt to lose,” she said. “It’s been a long time … What do you say to each other? How do you wrap up the year in a couple of sentences? That doesn’t do it justice. The reflection process starts in your head, and you go through everything you have to be grateful for.

“I definitely feel a mix of happy and sad, and a ton of happy. My bags were packed for Florida (and next week’s Elite Eight in Pensacola) and I was ready to go, but I’m really happy with the way things turned out the last four years.”

The Lancers were pressed by Sonoma State in the first round match on their home floor Thursday night. Friday night they ran into a Coyotes club that is 23-7 and has won 13 in a row, finding its stride when it most needed to.

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