Fall Sports Round-up

Fall Sports Round-up


Another outstanding season for the Cal State L.A. women's volleyball
team came to an end in the NCAA Division II Regional Championship
game at the hands of old nemisis Cal State Bakersfield.

The Golden Eagles completed their fourth consecutive 20-win season,
finishing 20-6 overall, while setting numerous team and indivdual
records. Cal State L.A. finished the season ranked seventh in
the nation, marking the team+s fourth consecutive top 10 national

The team highlight of the season came in the NCAA Regional Playoff
semi-finals vs. Grand Canyon, when the Golden Eagles broke six
NCAA Division II Tournament records. Two-time All-American Andrea
Ferchaw set a new NCAA Tournament mark with 44 kills in the five-game
CSLA win. The team totaled 114 kills for another record. All-american
setter Adriana Huerta also set tournament and team records with
90 assists in the match.

Individual honors went to Huerta, who became the third Golden
Eagle volleyball player to earn All-America honors in 1995. Middle
blocker Kaili Kimura was named to the all-region team with Huerta
and head coach Mark Massey, who earned West Region Coach of the
Year honors.

Kimura also was named to the presitgeous GTE Academic All-District
team in 1995, the second consecutive season in which she was so
honored. Kimura was the only Division II Player to earn the award
from the West Region.


The big news from the soccer front in 1995 was the debut of the
Golden Eagle women's soccer team. Though it was just their first
campaign, the team showed flashes of promise that bode for a very
bright future for the program.

Although it was just their first season of competition, numerous
players earned All-CCAA honors in 1995. Heading that list is junior
midfielder Liz Graves who was selected to the All-CCAA first team.
Junior midfielder Shelby White earned second team all-conference
recognition. Four Golden Eagles earned honorable mention honors,
inclduing junior forward Rosa Mendez, who was an All-CCAA selection
in basketball last season. Also named honorable mention were junior
Erica Roberge and freshmen Laura Lockie and Myria Corona.

After finishing 10th in the nation and earning an NCAA Playoff
berth with a freshman and sophomore dominated team in 1994, the
1995 season promised to be a bright one for the Golden Eagle men+s
soccer team. It took just seven minutes into the first game, however,
to get a glimpse of just what a season of horrors 1995 would be.

The team hadn't even broken a sweat in the opeing game of the
season, when its star forward, Victor Arana, went down with a
season-ending knee injury. By the time the dust had settled on
the campaign, 10 of 11 starters would go down to injury, and with
those players went any hope of a third NCAA Playoff appearance
in four seasons.

Junior forward Joe Verplancke filled some of the void, leading
the team in scoring while earning second team All-CCAA honors.
CSLA+ lone first team selection was junior midfielder Esteban
Chavez. Also earning second team All-CCAA recognition were freshman
Alejandro Jimenez and senior Dino Torres who finished second on
the team in scoring despite missing six of 19 games due to injury.

Cross Country

In 1995, the Golden Eagle men's cross country team proved it
had individual performers capable of challenging the top runners
both in the conference and in the region. Those runners should
provide the building blocks to help head coach Kevin McCarthy
return the team to national prominence in the not so distant future.

Cal State L.A.'s top runner proved to be junior Jacques Sallberg.
Sallberg got off to a fast start in 1995, capturing the individual
championship at the Stanford University Invitational Meet in September.
He continued to run strong for the Golden Eagles, throughout the
season, eventually earning a fourth-place finish at the CCAA Championship
Meet, the top finish by a Cal State L.A. runner since 1989.

"I am very pleased with how we ran in 1995, especially with
our top runners," says McCarthy. "Everybody set a personal
record at the CCAA Championship and we still finished fourth.
That gives you an idea of just how far we've come but just how
strong our conference is."