No. 2 Coyotes prep for biggest rival

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team will make its annual trek to La Jolla on Saturday to play old rival UC San Diego in a 7 p.m. showdown for CCAA bragging rights.

Barring a major upset of either team on Friday, the battle will be for a share of first place in the CCAA. The Coyotes (18-0, 11-0) are one game up on the Tritons (18-1, 10-1). The teams are No. 2 and 3 in the country as well with the Tritons lone loss coming to the Coyotes when they were manhandled at Coussoulis Arena.

It will be interesting to see if travel has any affect on the Coyotes. Cal State is playing Cal State East Bay on Friday night, then must scurry to the airport in San Francisco in hopes of catching a 10:30 p.m. flight to San Diego. The Coyotes should dispatch the Pioneers in three without coach Kim Cherniss having to use her timeouts!

There is no reason for those two teams to be travel partners. It puts every visiting team at a disadvantage because all of them have those tough back-to-backs. If they have to be travel partners, schools should be given a day in between, much the way basketball lets its teams play Thursday and Saturdays for the tougher road trips.

Granted, that would mean added expense which the Cal State university system doesn’t need at the moment.

A win by the Tritons would move then into a first-place tie. A win by the Coyotes puts them in good position to secure their fourth straight conference title and the seventh in nine years.