Cal State volleyballers drop a spot

  Apparently Saturday night’s 3-1 volleyball loss to UC San Diego was most costly than just a 19-match win streak for Cal State San Bernardino.
    The American Volleyball Coaches Association demoted the Coyotes from the No. 2 spot in its national top 25 poll to third and upgraded the Tritons to No. 2 behind the only unbeaten team in NCAA Division II — Concordia-St. Paul (23-0).
    The Tritons are 20-1 while the Coyotes are 19-1 heading into Wednesday night’s home match against Cal Poly Pomona in Coussoulis Arena. First serve is at 7 p.m.
    CSUSB had been in the No. 2 slot all season.
    The switch may have been based on strength of schedule since UCSD defeated No. 11 Minnesota-Duluth in the first tournament of the season. Both CSUSB and UCSD have beaten the three other CCAA teams ranked in the top 25 — No. 20 Sonoma State, No. 22 Cal State L.A. and No. 25 Chico State.
    The Coyotes are ranked No.1 in the NCAA West Regional poll and UCSD is No. 2. This poll determines the seeding for the NCAA regional tournament set for Nov. 19-21 at a site to be determined.
    AVCA DIVISION II TOP 25
    1. Concordia St. Paul (32 1st place votes) — 23-0
    2. UC San Diego — 20-1
    3. COYOTES — 19-1
    4. Central Missouri — 24-3
    5. Nebraska-Kearney — 23-1
    6. West Texas A&M — 22-3
    7. Emporia State — 22-2
    8. Tampa — 20-2
    9. Washburn — 23-3
 10. Minnesota State — 21-3.
  Also: 11 (tie) — Indianapolis (26-1) and Minnesota-Duluth (18-4); 13. Lewis (21-3); 14. Saint Leo (20-2); 15. Southwest Minnesota State (18-6); 16. Nebraska-Omaha (17-6); 17. Hawaii-Hilo (20-1); 18. Wayne State (21-4); 19. Truman (18-8); 20. Sonoma State (16-5); 21. Metro State (16-6); 22. Cal State L.A. (15-6); 23. Hillsdale (17-5); 24. Wingate (24-1); 25. Chico State (18-5).