Lancers blank Coyotes in soccer exhibition

California Baptist University made two first-half goals stand up for a 2-0 women’s soccer exhibition victory over Cal State San Bernardino Thursday at the Lancers’ field.

    Fabiola DaSilva assisted on both goals for the Lancers as Jacquelyn Witz put CBU up 1-0 in the 16th minute with a shot inside the near post. Lizzy Bendrick converted DaSilva’s corner kick into a goal in the 37th minute.

    The Coyotes had just two shots on goal, both in the second half. Scoring attempts by freshman Casey Hirsch and junior Ashley Salas were stopped by CBU keeper Brittany Buchanan. Overall, CBU outshot the Coyotes 14-8.

    Redshirt freshman Tiffany Mallick and senior Shawna-Rei Kam split time in goal for the Coyotes, each making one save. Only four of CBU’s 14 shots were on goal.

    CSUSB Head Coach Diego Bocanegra was not disappointed by the score. “The match gave us an opportunity to look at everybody on the team,” he said. Twenty Coyotes saw playing time in the match.

    The Coyotes complete their pre-season exhibition play on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Coyote Premier Field against Biola University, a 1-0 winner in its season opener earlier this week.

CSUSB goalie saves: Tiffany Mallick (1); Shawna-Rei Kam (1).
CBU goals: Jacquelyn Witz, Llizzy Bendrick. Assists: Fabiola DaSilva (2). Goalie saves: Brittany Buchanan (2).


Lancers check in at No. 2 in first poll

California Baptist finds itself in a familiar place once again as the Lancers are No. 2 in the preseason NAIA Volleyball Ratings just behind defending national champion Fresno Pacific.

CBU, who finished 2007 at 32-5, went to its third championship game in four years and became the only team to reach the semifinals of the national tournament in each of the last four years.

The Lancers earned 692 points in the poll just behind the Sunbirds who have 715 and captured all 25 first-place votes.

Fellow Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) members Concordia, Biola and Azusa Pacific round out the top five. Point Loma Nazarene is inside the top 10 at No. 8 while Vanguard sits at No. 21. Westmont also received votes in the poll.

California Baptist kicks off its 2008 campaign Friday and Saturday in Azusa, Calif., at the Cougar Classic. The Lancers play at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days.

The Lancers will also be playing local Division II powers Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino.


Coyotes start season at No. 4

Well the American Volleyball Coaches Association came out with it’s top 25 Division II preseason poll and there really are no surprises. The usual suspects top the list. Concordia-St. Paul heads it at No. 1, not a surprise since it is the regining national champion. Count me among those that think a team should remain there until it loses.

Cal State San Bernardino checks in at No. 4. The Coyotes, 27-3 in 2007, graduated just two players and have a talented freshman class to fill the few voids. They have advanced to the regional final nine straight years but have gotten over the hump to the Elite Elight only twice- 2003 and 2004.

In between Concordia and Cal State are No. 2 Washburn and No. 3 Truman. Washburn made it to the national semifinal last year and Truman returns all but one starter from a team that made its regional final.

The CCAA also has UC San Diego at No. 22 and Chico State at 25 with both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Los Angeles receiving votes. The Broncos could break into the rankings if some talented newcomers adapt to the high level of play in the conference.

Both locals will be tested early as the No. 1 team rolls into Coussoulis Arena on Aug. 28 to play the Coyotes. What a way to start the season.

Cal Poly will travel to Hawaii where it will play No. 14 Nebraska-Kearney, as well as three other foes.

La Verne ranked fifth in Division III

The University of La Verne volleyball team starts the season ranked No. 5 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Traditional title contender Juniata is ranked first with reigning national champion Washington University-St. Louis at No. 2. Emory (Ga.) is third and Wittenberg fourth.

The only other SCIAC school mentioned is Cal Lutheran which checks in at No. 24.

Coach Don Flora returns four starters and 11 letter winners, including senior outside hitter Brianna Gonzales, an AVCA first-team All-America selection in 2007. Also providing La Verne firepower will be 2006 AVCA honorable mention All-American, outside hitter Crista Jones and all-conference athlete Karli Fowlkes, a middle blocker.


Coyotes ranked fourth in the country

   Cal State San Bernardino, with six of its top eight players returning to the fold, finds itself ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II women’s volleyball in a pre-season poll conducted by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.


            The top 25 poll, released today by AVCA, contains four West Coast teams with defending NCAA Pacific Region champion Western Washington listed at No. 10, UC San Diego at No. 22 and Chico State at No. 25.

            Concordia University of St. Paul, Minn., the 2007 NCAA Division II champion, is No. 1 in the pre-season poll and will face off against the Coyotes at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in Coussoulis Arena on the CSUSB campus in the 2008 season opening Coyote Classic tournament.

            The Coyotes volleyball program has been placed in the top 25 pre-season poll virtually every season since the year 2000 and they usually wind up in or near the top 10 at the end of the season. CSUSB (27-3) wound up No. 9 in the final 2007 season poll.

            “It’s great to know that we’ve reached a point where people expect us to be good,” said Head Coach Kim Cherniss, starting her 18th season at the helm of the five-time California Collegiate Athletic Association champions.

            “However, it’s not something that will change what we do to prepare for the season or reset our goals,” she added. Those goals are to win the conference first, then win the regional and then the national championship.

            One of the Coyotes’ other opponents in its Coyote Classic that runs Aug. 28-30 is Lewis University, ranked No. 15 in the pre-season AVCA poll.

            The first official poll is due out Sept. 1.


            CBS College Sports/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank   School (1st place votes)          Points              2007 record    07 Final Rank

1.         Concordia-St. Paul (35)           897                  36-4                 1

2.         Washburn                                 830                  38-4                 3

3.         Truman                                     780                  36-6                 8

4.         COYOTES                              762                  27-3                 9

5.         West Texas A&M                    736                  36-8                 6

6.         Grand Valley State                   716                  33-4                 7

7.         Tampa                                      693                  31-3                 4

8.         Minnesota Duluth                      630                  29-2                 5

9.         Florida Southern                       581                  26-9                 13

10.       Western Washington (1)           555                  26-5                 2

11        .Emporia State                          498                  27-9                 15

12        S’West Minnesota State           474                  26-8                 12

13        Central Missouri                       443                  31-7                 10

14.       Nebraska-Kearney                   416                  33-5                 19

15.       Lewis                                       372                  32-4                 11

16.       Indianapolis                              339                  33-4                 17

17.       Pittsburg State                          320                  28-9                 18

18.       Hillsdale                                   298                  26-8                 16

19        Minnesota State                        248                  19-9                 21

20        Augustana (SD)                        194                  19-11               24

21.       Ashland                                    178                  25-6                 20

22        .UC San Diego                         158                  20-8                 22

23.       West Florida                            99                    26-4                 NR

24.       Nova Southeastern                   81                    28-10               NR

25.       Chico State                              63                    16-13               NR

Others receiving votes included: Hawaii Pacific, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State L.A., Hawaii-Hilo, Northwest Nazarene.


Cal State volleyball team favored to repeat

Two-time defending conference champion Cal State San Bernardino enters the 2008 season as the favorite to win the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women’s volleyball championship, according to a preseason poll of the league‘s head coaches.

The Coyotes posted a 17-1 CCAA record and advanced to the NCAA Pacific Regional final before finishing the 2007 campaign with a 27-3 overall mark. Cal State San Bernardino received eight of the 11 first-place votes and totaled 96 points.


UC San Diego, which tied for second in the CCAA a year ago with a 13-5 conference mark, was picked to finish second after totaling 83 points and one first-place vote. Cal State L.A. garnered 77 points to finish third, while Chico State, which received two-first place votes, was fourth with 76 points. Cal Poly Pomona rounded out the top five after totaling 74 points.


Sonoma State (57) was sixth in the voting and was followed by Cal State Monterey Bay (42), Humboldt State (40), Cal State Stanislaus (23), Cal State Dominguez Hills (19) and San Francisco State (18).


The 2008 season will mark the first for San Francisco State, which is beginning its inaugural year sponsoring women‘s volleyball.


The 2008 campaign is slated to begin the weekend of August 28 with teams competing in tournaments. CCAA play is scheduled to begin Sept. 12-13.

2008 CCAA Womens Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank Team (First place votes) — Points
1. Cal State San Bernardino (8) – 96
2. UC San Diego (1) – 83
3. Cal State L.A. – 77
4. Chico State (2) – 76
5. Cal Poly Pomona – 74
6. Sonoma State – 57
7. Cal State Monterey Bay – 42
8. Humboldt State – 40
9. Cal State Stanislaus – 23
10. Cal State Dominguez Hills – 19
11. San Francisco State – 18

La Verne names new men’s golf coach

Interim Director of Athletics Julie Kline has announced the hiring of Joe Skovron as new head golf coach.  A 2004 graduate of La Verne, Skovron returns to his alma mater and succeeds longtime coach and La Verne Hall of Famer Rex Huigens, who retired at the conclusion of the 2008 campaign.

One of the most accomplished players in Leopard history, Skovron played four seasons under Huigens, twice earning All-America honors (2001, 2004) along with being named SCIAC Player of the Year in 2001.  He also was a member of the Leopards’ 2004 SCIAC Championship team which also finished 6th at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Skovron also was a two-time Academic All-America (2003, 2004) and earned La Verne Male Scholar-Athlete Honors in 2004.  He turned professional in June 2004 and played on the U.S. Pro, Spanos, Gateway and Canadian Tours.

Citrus softball players move on

The 2008 Citrus College softball program, coming off its third straight Southern California Playoff appearance, is continuing to add to its reputation as one of the best community college programs around. Four sophomores from the 2008 team have accepted offers to continue playing at the four-year level.

Four Citrus College Softball players from the 2008 season have accepted offers to continue their playing careers at the four-year level. Melanie Hansen (top left), Denise Hernandez (Top right), Jennifer Anaya (Bottom Left), and Alex Arguelles (bottom right) will all continue playing next season.2008 1st team All-WSC selection Melanie Hansen became the first Lady Owls to sign following the conclusion of the season. Hansen, who hit .349 and drove in a team high 26 RBI’s this past season, has accepted a scholarship offer from Concordia University (Irvine, CA) of the NAIA.

“Concordia is getting a solid individual in Melanie, she left a great mark here at Citrus and I know she will be an impact player at Concordia,” said Head Citrus College Softball Coach Jackie Boxley. “Melanie’s intangibles make her a great fit at a great university, and I know she wants to bring a championship to Concordia.”

Following Hansen into the NAIA will be 2nd team All-WSC honoree and 2008 Citrus College Female Athlete of the Year Denise Hernandez. Hernandez also played two solid seasons for Citrus, hitting .297 and including a team high 5 doubles during the 2008 season. Hernandez will be joining the Swedes of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where she will also play soccer as well as softball.

“Bethany is allowing me the opportunity to play both soccer and softball and is that something that appealed to me,” Hernandez said. “Coach Boxley has played a big role in helping me to achieve my goal of continuing my athletic career and education. It has been a dream of mine to move on to the four-year level, and Citrus played a huge part in that.”

“Bethany is getting a great all around athlete. The softball and soccer programs are going to get one of the most determined individuals that I have ever met,” Coach Boxley said. “Denise will rise to whatever challenge is placed in front of her and not stop until she has succeeded. Her work ethic is like no other and she knows what it takes to be a champion.”

Also accepting a scholarship offer is Jennifer Anaya. Anaya hit .250 and recorded 16 runs during the 2008 season, and will continue her athletic career at NCAA Division II Cal State Monterrey Bay.

Cal State Monterrey Bay has a great softball program, and it fit my needs as far as staying in the state of California,” Anaya said. “Citrus played a tremendous role in helping me move on. The coaching staff helped me improve, and made me a %100 better then what I was before.”

“Jennifer always plays hard. Without a doubt Monterey Bay is getting one of the hardest workers that have been through our program,” Boxley said. “She has a fighter’s spirit and will work as hard as she has to, to be successful and earn a spot with Cal State Monterrey Bay.”

Joining Anaya at the NCAA Division II level will former Lady Owl Alex Arguelles, who has accepted an offer to walk-on at Cal State San Bernardino. Arguelles spent most of last season in the circle, making nine appearances and leading Citrus with a 1.04 ERA.

“I originally wanted to attend Cal State San Bernardino strictly on an academic basis, but half way through the season I can began to realize that I could probably play too,” Arguelles said. “I’m excited about this opportunity because they are a team on the rise, and I really like their coach.”

“Citrus helped make this a reality in a lot of ways,” Arguelles said. “Coming out of a small school and straight into college was a whole new competitive level. Coach Boxley has given me the confidence over the last two years to know that I can do anything that they put in front of me.”

“Alex is a quiet player that just flat out gets it done. She is the ultimate team player and will accept whatever role is needed of her,” Boxley said. “She showed amazing character and strength this year when she stepped up and into a starting pitchers role without any warning. Every team needs an athlete like Alex.”

Cal Poly Pomona names new soccer assistant

Cal Poly Pomona head women’s soccer coach Isabelle Harvey has named Erin Reinke as Broncos’ assistant coach.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Cal Poly Pomona’s women’s soccer program,” Reinke said. “My playing career has reached its end and this is the next challenge. I look forward to doing all I can to help Isabelle build this program to be at its best with quality student-athletes.”

Reinke brings a wealth of playing experiences – both as an amateur and as a professional goalkeeper – into her first season.

She spent 2005 through 2007 playing as an amateur and professional in the Elite Division for women in Denmark. In that three-year span, she played for four teams including one full season with Fortuna Hjorring – one of the top women’s teams in the world. She completed her playing career this past summer with the Ottawa Fury, a member of the USL W-League, who reached the league finals against FC Indiana.

She and Harvey played against each other in college and were teammates on the semipro team Ajax in Southern California, which won national championships from 2001-2004.

Reinke’s coaching experience includes a one-year stint as a volunteer coach at Long Beach State. She also coached club soccer in Palos Verdes for three years.

Reinke was the first-ever in-state recruit for Arizona State University and went on to start four seasons for the Sun Devils. In her senior year, Reinke was a member of the 2000 Sun Devils’ NCAA postseason team, which lost in the second round to eventual semifinalist Portland. She remains the career leader in saves and shutouts for ASU.

Reinke, a Mesa, Ariz., native, was a member of ASU’s Maroon and Gold Scholars twice in her career. She earned her bachelor’s of science degree in Sociology from ASU in 2000.

Redlands soccer team earns preseason ranking

The Bulldog men’s soccer team earned a No. 8 ranking on the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Division III Top-25 poll, according to an announcement released today by the NSCAA.


Every week during the season, the NSCAA ranks the top 25 programs for both men’s and women’s soccer. Each of the nation’s eight regions designated by the NSCAA has a member on the ranking committee with an additional ninth committee member that serves as the national chair.


The University of Redlands comes off of a season where it compiled a 20-4 overall record and won its seventh-straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship with a 12-2 in-conference tally. Led by a team with two All-Americans, the Bulldogs reached the Elite 8 in the NCAA playoffs and obtained a No. 8 ranking at the season’s end.


Head Coach Ralph Perez enters his third season as the Bulldogs’ mentor with a remarkable 40-6 record at Redlands and returns three All-SCIAC First Team selections, two of whom garnered All-American honors. Of his 11 starters from last season, six are returning for the 2008 campaign.


The men’s soccer team opens its season on Aug. 28 against No. 17 Stevens Institute of Technology followed by an Aug. 29 match against The College of New Jersey.