There was no looking ahead for the Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team.
The Coyotes may be facing their longtime nemesis UC San Diego Saturday but they tuned up for that rivalry match dismantling Cal State Los Angeles 30-16, 30-17, 30-26 Friday at Coussoulis Arena. The Coyotes (21-1, 13-0) played perfect volleyball the first two games, then withstood a minor challenge in the third game.
And to think this team has just two seniors.
The Coyotes, ranked No. 2 nationally, now have a commanding four-game lead in the CCAA and have a two-game cushion in the Region. So it looks like they will get to host the Pacific Region tournaent Nov. 15-17.
San Bernardino Valley College and Chaffey had both hoped to
figure into the Foothill Conference title picture this season but those
hopes have faded. Its College of the Desert (8-0) and Antelope Valley
(7-0) battling for the title Saturday in Palm Desert.
The local coaches picked different winners. SBVC coach Pat Meech
likes Antelope Valley. Chaffey coach Carl Beach picks Desert. But Beach
defers to Meech because the Wolverines have played both while his team
still has yet to see Antelope Valley first hand.
SBVC lost to Desert 27-14 last week and 22-6 to Antelope the week
Chaffey lost to Desrt 50-17 two weeks ago
“I like Antelope. They’re defense is pretty stinking good.” Meech
said. “I think they’ll find enough offense. It is tough going against
One thing is unanimous . . . everyone happy it won’t be Grossmont.
It has been a decade since San Bernardino Valley College last won a
Foothill Conference title in football. Unless the Wolverines can pull
off an upset this Saturday, it will be another year too.
Three teams started play last weekend without a conference loss. Two
of those squared off with Antelope Valley beating the Wolverines 22-6 in
Lancaster. It won’t get any easier. Next up is College of the Desert
(7-0) which is probably better than the team SBVC just played.
SBVC now needs help. It has to beat Desert and hope Desert beats
Pat Meech has done an admirable job rebuilding a program that was in
decline. But this week’s game will test the character and mental makeup
of his team.