The No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team inched closer to its first national title in any sport, beating No. 6 University of Tampa (Fla.) 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 in quarterfinal play Thursday at Concordia-St. Paul University.
The Coyotes (33-1) gave up some easy points in losing the opening game. They were down by seven in the second but went ahead on a service run by Morgan Carty and never looked back.
The Coyotes had a balanced attack with Jane Chafeh clobbering 16 kills. She also had threee solo blocks and two block assists. Samanatha Middleborn added 15 kills and Ashtin Hall 14 kills with 13 digs.
Setter Sara Hoffman tallied 54 assists and libero Camille Smith anchored the defense with 21 digs.
Now comes the herculian task as the Coyotes will face host Concordia-St. Paul (35-0) in the semifnal. The Bears are ranked No. 1 and going for their third straight national title. They also have won 72 straight matches with the last loss coming to the Coyotes in the season opener last season.
Its a shame the two would be meeting in a semifinal. 1 vs. 2 should be a championship match.
The other semifinal will be No. 5 West Texas A&M vs. unranked Flagler College (Fla.)