The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball took care of business on the court, turning in an impressive 3-0 win over Cal State Los Angeles in the West Region final. The Coyotes certainly appear to be peaking at the right time. They were in control from start to finish.
Now they wait to see who will get to host the national Elite Eight. If life is good, they’ll get to play for the school’s first national title in any sport on their home court.
The NCAA likes to rotate hosting duties among the different regions and it has not been held in the West since 2003 when they hosted it at Coussoulis Arena. That would be a factor in the Coyotes favor,
It was at Concordia-St. Paul a year ago, so even though that team is currently ranked No. 1 and is unbeaten, it isn’t likely going to be back there.
The Coyotes are ranked No. 2 so they might merit the right just based on that.
Other factors favor the Coyotes too. They have a quality venue in which to host the event. There are several aiports teams can get into and they aren’t going to encounter travel delays that often happen in cold weather cities.
Athletic director Kevin Hatcher hopes to know by Monday.
The Coyotes half of the draw is going to be very tough. They get Tampa, Fla. (31-2) in the quarterfinal, and likely Concordia (34-0) in the semifinal.
Other teams already in are Indianapolis (Midwest Region), Dowling (East), West Texas A&M (South Central) and California, Penn., (Atlantic), a team the Coyotes beat in last year’s quarters.
The Southeast Region final is today.