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SRJC faces long road to state volleyball title after loss

By TED SILLANPAA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Danetta Boykin had 22 kills Saturday to lead L.A. Pierce Community College to an easy win over Santa Rosa Junior College in the California Community College Athletic Association volleyball tournament in Fullerton.

Pierce won by scores of 25-23, 25-21, 25-22.

The No. 1 seed in the South region advances to 31-0 heading into today’s play.

Pierce extended its winning streak to 64 matches despite 10 kills from SRJC outside hitter Olivia Urban. Urban and Boykin were both all-state selections a year ago.

SRJC falls into the loser’s bracket with a 26-3 mark in the double-elimination event that concludes today.

The Bear Cubs, No. 2 in the North Region, will play the North’s top seed Fresno City for survival today at 10 a.m. The winner advances to play again at 1 p.m. against the Golden West-Pierce loser.

The somewhat sloppy affair featured two perennial state powers passing and serving poorly for long stretches.

The state’s top-rated Brahmas received a sterling performance from the 6-foot-1 Boykin in a match were the teams combined for 21 service errors, 13 by Pierce. There were 24 attack errors, with 14 coming from Santa Rosa.

Boykin had six kills in the first game, but SRJC led 8-7 after two aces from former Petaluma star Kaitlyn Dunaway. The Bear Cubs fell behind, but tied 23-23 on a combined block from Urban and Luisa McInnis.

Pierce won on a kill by Jessica Burns and a set-point block.

The second game was the sloppiest of the entire match. Boykin had consecutive kills to give Pierce a 22-20 lead before rolling to a win.

Boykin had eight kills in the third game. SRJCtrailed throughout, after briefly holding a 3-2 advantage. A 14-6 burst was key for the Brahmas in the win.

Santa Rosa, which had a 20-match win streak snapped, did trim the lead to 22-21 on a kill by outside hitter Megan Johnson before losing.

Dunaway had seven kills and eight digs for Santa Rosa. Johnson added five kills, nine digs, two aces and two solo blocks. The Bears Cubs’ defense was paced by Briana Adviento, from Maria Carrillo, with 13 digs and Morgan Foley with 10.