Wolverines learn the hard way

So much for being undefeated and being ranked No. 1 in the state.

The San Bernardino Valley College men’s basketball team lost to No. 10 Mt. SAC 88-83 at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic tonight at Riverside Community College.

Coach Quincy Brewer said he saw it coming. Apparently his Wolverines practiced all week like they were a little full of themselves and believing a little too much in their press clippings. That happens, especially at the junior college level.

Mt SAC shot 57.1 percent from the field, scoring 54 points in the paint. It beat SBVC up and down the court all night, turning many of its 27 turnovers into easy points at the other end.

SBVC shot a still solid 55.2 percent but the 27 turnovers to 16 assists tells the story. It was also outrebounded 88-83.

SBVC had the game in reach with six minutes to play but its shot selection left a lot to be desired. Jacking up ill-advised 3-point tries early in the shot clock is a sign of panic.

The Wolverines didn’t know what it was like to be in a close game because they had pretty much cruised through their previous seven. This was a good loss because it is one the players can learn from before they get into conference play.

SBVC clealry has the talent to go all the way. It just needs to be a bit more disciplined and a bit more focused.

Nate Roth led SBVC with 20 points, seven assists and five steals. Tre Brewer added 16 and Maurice McGee 13.

Mt. SAC got 25 from Antonio Biglow and 14 from Demarkus Isomjones. Three others had 11 including Laquenten Jones who also had 12 assists,

Former Rim star named All-American

Congratulations go out to former Rim of the World High School volleyball standout Cassie Ells, who has earned NAIA first-team All-American honors for Concordia-Irvine.

Ells, a 5-foot-11 senior middle blocker from Crestline, recorded 256 kills and 99 total blocks for the Eagles (30-8), who advanced to the NAIA national semifinals before losing to unbeaten Fresno Pacific.

She totaled 37 kills, three solo blocks and 12 block assists in the NAIA national tournament. She had 13 kills in a quarterfinal win over Azusa Pacific.

Ells completed her four-year career as the school’s all-time leader with a .390 (573-142-1106) hitting percentage, thanks to a .423 (256-55-475) clip in 2009 that would have ranked second in the NAIA if it met the eligibility requirement of five attacks per set. Ells is the first Eagles player since 1990 and only the second in school history to hit over .400 in a season.

Her 243 career blocks also is good enough for eighth on the school’s career list.

Reception planned for Cal State volleyball team

 A reception to honor the 2009 accomplishments of the Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team is slated for 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Santos Manuel Student Union.

It is open to the public although there is a charge for parking on campus.

 The coaches and players will be recognized for their success in winning a fourth straight California Collegiate Athletic Association championship and seventh in the last nine years; a fourth West Region championship in the last seven years and the fact they advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship tournament for the fourth time in that same period.

The team set new records for a single season with 33 overall wins and 21 conference wins. In addition, three players earned American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Div. II All-America honors.

 The team, ranked No. 2 in the nation, defeated No. 6 Tampa University, 3-1, in the quarterfinals in St. Paul, Minn., then lost 3-1 to defending champion Concordia-St. Paul in the semifinals at Concordia.

It was the third time that Concordia-St. Paul has prevented the Coyotes from advancing to the championship match or defeated them in a championship match.


Coyotes fall in national semifinal

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.


Coyotes advance to national semifinal

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.)



Three Coyotes named All-American

Three volleyball players from Cal State San Bernardino have earned AVCA All-American honors.

Junior outside hitter Jane Chafeh and senior setter Sara Hoffman earned first-team accolades while sophomore Samantha Middleborn was chosen to the second team.

The national player of the year will be announced on Wednesday at the banquet honoring the eight teams participating the NCAA quarterfinals at Concordia-St. Paul. Cal State’s first-team selections are in the hunt for that but expect the honor to go to senior setter Maggie McNamara of Concordia. She won it last year and her team is unbeaten this season.

The Coyotes would prefer the bigger victory on the court anyway!