Finishing Strong
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Release: 11/17/2011
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University left the Van Dyne Gym on a good note Thursday, treating a packed house to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) victory over The Master's in the team's home finale.

CBU was led by a pair of seniors on senior night, getting 11 kills from Jessica Kalama and 10 from Bree Rauschenbach to move past the Mustangs in the NCCAA regional matchup and advance to the NCCAA National Tournament.

"It makes me really happy to go out with a bang," said Kalama. "We went into this match just wanting to have fun and really focus on making the younger players better instead of just focusing on us."

CBU had five players with at least 13 attacks in the match, getting 46 kills distributed amongst seven players. Ingrid Carmona had 10 kills as well and Jelena Dragovic had eight.

"This is probably one of the most evenly distributed matches we've had this season," said Head Coach Ryan McGuyre. "I told Kalama she would lead the team in kills one of these matches and she decided to wait until the last home one to do it. This team and these seniors hold a special place for me and it's just exciting that we get to keep playing."

Though CBU got the three-set win in under an hour and a half, the Lancers had to battle in each of the first two games. There were a total of nine ties and three lead changes in the first two sets.

The teams played neck and neck early in both of the first two games until three-point runs gave the Lancers the lead for good.

Rauschenbach and Kalama hit back-to-back kills in the first, to blow it open and give CBU a commanding 19-12 lead. Rauschenbach was again in on a run in the second, along with Carmona, to give CBU a 17-13 lead.

The Lancers led wire-to-wire in the final set, hitting a match-best .353.

Rauschenbach led CBU with three aces in the match, extending her program career record number to 207. She also had a team-high .562 hitting percentage on her 10 kills, committing just one error in 16 attempts. Megan Glennie led all players with 20 digs.

Seniors Chloe Ainsworth and Andrea Csaszi also played their final home match Thursday. Csaszi recorded seven digs in the contest and Ainsworth served on a pair of Lancer points.

The Lancers hit .302 for the match, while The Master's was held to a .083 attack percentage.

"This team has gelled at the end of the season," said McGuyre. "It helps also to finally be getting healthy. Now we just want to go make a run in Florida."

CBU heads to Kissimmee, Fla. for the NCCAA tournament Dec. 1-3. It is the eighth-straight season the Lancers have made postseason play.

The Lancers improve their record to 20-10 on the season, while The Master's ends its 2011 campaign at 20-15.

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