Coyotes, Eagles to meet for berth in Elite Eight

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team took care of business and will be making its 10th straight appearance in a West Regional championship. The Coyotes beat Alaska-Anchorage 3-0 in a regional semifinal on Friday.

It wasn’t an easy 3-0 though. The Seawolves didn’t play like a team of mostly freshmen squaring off against one of the nation’s juggernauts. It was probably good that the Coyotes were pushed a little because their quarterfinal against Seattle Pacific was not competitive.

But the Coyotes won’t be playing UC San Diego, which came in seeded second and ranked third nationally – one spot behind the Coyotes.

The Coyotes opponent will be Cal State Los Angeles, which is coached by former Cal Poly Pomona assistant Randi Smart. The Eagles played with poise and composure in taking out the Tritons 3-0. I have seen San Diego play on many occasions but have never seen therm play as poorly as they did on Friday.

The Eagles will be soaaring, with confidence that has to be sky high after such a big win.

The Coyotes are going to have to be ready. And they probably will be.

First serve is set for 7 p.m. at The Den.