For the first time in who knows when, the Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team was the underdog. Its opponent in the NCAA Division II semifinal – a Concordia-St. Paul team that had won 72 straight matches and was looking for a three-peat.
Not that it needed it, but the Bears also had the advantage of playing for a national title on its home court for the second year in a row.
So it shouldn’t be surprising that the Coyotes were defeated 3-1.
It’s too bad the match was a semifinal and not a championship match. But the NCAA isn’t smart enough to seed the teams in the Elite Eight to get the best possible matchups.
This was a rematch of last year’s national title match won by the Bears 3-2.
The difference came at the net as the Bears more experienced blockers dominated the younger ones on th Coyotes side.
But coach Kim Cherniss should still be proud. The Coyotes didn’t go down without a fight. They just ran into a team that is building a dynasty a bit too good for everyone else right now.