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EU makes short work of Gustine

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EU makes short work of Gustine

Carmen Haro receives the serve and passes it Tuesday at East Union, where the Lancers toppled Gustine, 3-0.


POSTED September 1, 2009 11:09 p.m.
East Union fell behind 6-3 in Game 1 of a preseason tilt with Gustine Tuesday at Dalben Center, but from that point on it was all Lancers throughout, as EU walked away with a breezy 25-16, 25-7, 25-13 sweep.

Courtney Palmer (three aces) served East Union to its first lead, which came when Morgan Hulsebosch set up Amber Abidi for the first of her five kills on the night.

Brittany LaMar and Carmen Haro (seven assists) took over at the end line from there to produce the first game win.

“It takes a little while to get our engine moving, but once we do we’re on,” Lancers head coach Eryn Bowers said. “We got a strong performance from everybody.”

Hulsebosch served EU to a quick 4-0 lead in Game 2, and LaMar served her team from a 15-7 advantage all the way to the win.

Rachel O’Neal teamed with Abidi at the net for four kills and a pair of stuff blocks, and Haley Rosenthal was impressive at net as well.

“We’ve been spending a lot of time (in practice) on our hitting,” Bowers said. “We’re trying to stay away from the tips, unless they have an open hole.  We’re trying to teach them how to read the hitters. So, we’ve been focusing a lot on putting it away.”

Taylor Maruca ended with a match-high 11 assists, as the Lancers backcourt was nearly flawless.

Lexy Posz and Hulsebosch racked up a number of serve receives and complemented Maruca and Haro well in the passing game.

“The setters did a great job,” Bowers said. “The passing was very good.”

Abidi and O’Neal racked up two kills each in the Game 3, including the match-winner, an O’Neal slam through the heart of Gustine’s defense.

East Union (1-1) hosts Livingston this evening.

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