Cal State volleyball team moves up to fourth

Fresh off its two CCAA road victories last week, the Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team was selected fourth in this week’s AVCA Division II Coaches poll.

The Coyotes, who are 9-1 overall and atop the CCAA at 6-0, are at home this week beginning Wednesday night against Cal Poly Pomona. First serve is at 7 p.m. at Coussoulis Arena.

The Coyotes moved up one spot from fifth to fourth this week. Minnesota Duluth moves into the top sport, followed by Wayne (Neb.) State and Southwest Minnesota State. All three schools are members of the Northern Sun Conference.

The University of Tampa (Fla.) fell from first to fifth after a loss to unranked Rollins (Fla.).

SBVC impressive in 37-17 win over Santa Monica

The San Bernardino Valley College football team finally got into the win column, beating Santa Monica 37-17 tonight. The game wasn’t even that close as the Wolverines were up 30-0 before the Corsairs scored for the first time in the fourth quarter.

Some observations . . . 
1. The Wolverines did a far better job in the secondary. They were torched pretty regularly in the first two games, both losses. They gave up 160 yards through the air but much of that came late with the outcome already in hand.
2. Kristin James is still having trouble hanging on to the ball. He’s one of the top backs in SoCal but what good is that when fumbles happen all too frequently. He had three in the first game, one in the second and another on his fourth carry tonight. And the recent one came after a 15-yard gain when he was clear of the line of scrimmage.
He fumbled another in the backfield late in the game but SBVC recovered and the pitch to him was not a good one.
The SBVC defense played well. Ricky Pesquera was the leader with several solid hits and tackles.
Next up is Citrus. Don’t think that wasn’t circled on the calendar the day the schedule came out. When the Wolverines gathered for their post-game huddle, SBVC coach Kevin Emerson reminded the players that he was fired by Citrus and let it be known how much he wants to win that game.
Here are some other scores in junior college play Saturday night:
Chaffey 12, Ventura 10

Mt.Sac 36, Riverside 10

Saddleback 49, Victor Valley 20
Bakersfield 54, Citrus 6
Mt. San Jacinto 35, Los Angeles Southwest 21 
El Camino 56, LA Harbor 37
Cerritos 44, West Los Angeles 7
Fullerton 37, Golden West 12
Long Beach 38, Los Angeles Pierce 35
Pasadena 34, College of the Desert 14
Grossmont 42, Orange Coast 35
Santa Ana 49, Palomar 27
Los Angeles Valley 28, San Diego Mesa 20
Compton 13, Antelope Valley 7
Allan Hancock, Glendale 28
Moorpark 35, Santa Barbara 29

Selway, Tave honored by SCIAC

Football player Dan Selway of the University of Redlands and runner Jennifer Tave of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps have earned Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Athlete of the Week honors.

Selway earned accolades on the men’s side for his effort in Saturday’s 23-7 win against Whitworth (Wash.). The senior captain connected on 23 of his 35 attempts without an interception for a total of 214 passing yards, which included all three touchdowns. Selway also reverted back to his receiving days as a freshman, and caught a pass in the end zone for the two-point conversion on the second touchdown of the game.

The Redlands quarterback has helped the Bulldogs to a 2-0 start, compiling 360 total passing yards with a 69.5% completion rating and five touchdowns.

Meanwhile Tave led the Athenas to a ninth place finish (second among non-Division I teams) at the UC Riverside Invitational.

She finished 29th overall with a personal best time of 17:49.0 which is fourth best in CMS history. She finished nearly 20 seconds ahead of the closest SCIAC competitor. Of the 28 runners in front of her, 22 were Division I, 3 post-collegiate, 2 NAIA and one JC.


Local college football schedule light this week

Three of the seven area college football teams are off this week and one that is playing will be on the road. So there aren’t many games to choose from.

Linfield, Ore. (0-1) at University of La Verne, 12:30 p.m.

Linfield has had two weeks to sit and stew about its 47-42 loss to Cal Lutheran. La Verne lost its opener to what looks like a very good Azusa Pacific team, also two weeks ago. La Verne’s running game looked much improved and that’s a good thing. It needs to do well there to have any chance at all of pulling a major upset and snapping its 12 game losing streak which dates back to the end of the 2008 season. Would love to call an upset here but it looks highly improbable.

In the community college ranks  . . .

Chaffey (2-1) at Ventura (2-1), 6 p.m.

The Panthers are coming off a 17-13 loss to Saddleback which doesn’t look as dominating as it has been in the past. Chaffey has some nagging injuries, one of those an elbow injury to talented back Erin Madden who will probably be out a minimum of three weeks according to coach Carl Beach. That will hurt big time. Chaffey’s offense has not been firing on all cyclinders and it needs to here to get the win on the road.

Santa Monica (2-1) at San Bernardino Valley (0-2), 6 p.m.

A year ago this might have been an easy game but Santa Monica has improved, although its nonconference schedule has not been as challenging as some. The Wolverines had a lot of players banged up two weeks ago in the loss to Riverside. The key here may be how the secondary of SBVC holds up. It has been torched badly in the first two games. Coverages has to be better for the Wolverines to get the W!

Saddleback (2-1)  at Victor Valley (0-3), 1 p.m.

The Rams continue their gauntlet of difficult nonconference games. This looks like the most winnable of the four with the trip to High Desert never an easy one for opponents. The Rams have had a revolving door at quarterback. Dave Hoover finally settled on one – Courtney Patton. But he injured an ankle last week and is questionable. Even if he does go the injury will probably take away some of his mobility which is his strong suit. So the Rams will probably be hard-pressed to pull this one off.


Volleyball poll a bit puzzling

The NCAA Division II American Volleyball Coaches Association poll came out today like it always does on Mondays throughout the season. It is puzzling to say the least.

The University of Tampa (Fla.) remains No. 1 as it should.
But Cal State San Bernardino (7-1) dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 even though it won both matches this week by 3-0 sweeps. One of those wins was a three-game shellacking of Cal State Los Angeles which had been No. 17.
It is understandable for one team to leapfrog another if it posts a quality win, maybe one over a top 10 team but that wasn’t the case.
The teams leaping over Cal State were Minnesota-Duluth, which went from fourth to second with three wins, all over unranked teams. No powerhouses in that trio.
Southwest Minnesota State which went from fifth to third with two wins, one over No. 14 Minnesota State.
And Wayne State which beat two nothings, one 3-0 and 3-1.
With Cal State’s history and the entire team back from one that went to the national semifinal a year ago, the Coyotes did not deserve to drop without losing. Coach Kim Cherniss has to be laughing. She never reads much into the polls anyway. The Coyotes showing on the court will say it all.

Coyotes top crazy CCAA volleyball race

It has been a wacky season already when it comes to volleyball in the CCAA. And the season has barely started. Cal State San Bernardino (7-1, 4-0) sits on top. That is to be expected. It is what has happened with the other teams that has to be a bit puzzling.

Let’s start with UC San Diego. The Tritons are the Coyotes’ long-time rival. They are the team the Coyotes have to beat in the conference and in the West Region. Like Cal State, San Diego seems to have a permanent spot among the top handful of teams in the nation. But the Tritons are just 5-4 overall and 2-3 in CCAA play. The losses are to Cal State East Bay, Monterey Bay and San Francisco State – all middle tier teams last year. They haven’t even played San Bernardino, Cal State Los Angeles or Chico State yet.

San Diego did have a coaching change. Maybe the athletes have not adjusted to a new system or a new coaching style. It doesn’t play the Coyotes till the next to last game of the first round so my guess is they should have their act together by then.

Then there is East Bay(8-2, 3-2) which is only a year into it’s move from Division III to Division II. The Pioneers played an easy nonconference schedule so the jury was still out. Then they beat the Tritons, giving that early run some legitimacy. But then they lost their next match to up-and-coming San Francisco.

Then there is Cal Poly Pomona (3-5, 1-3). The Broncos have had some very good years. Even in harder times, they have been competitive. Then Friday they go out and lose to lowly Cal State Dominguez Hills. To put that in perspective, Dominguez is 1-8 this year, the only win coming over Cal Poly. The Toros were 2-27 overall last season. In the last five years they are 19-117 overall and 11-87 in CCAA play.

That gives new meaning to the words “bad loss.”




State rankings out in community college football

Reigning state champion Mt. SAC (2-0) remains the No. 1 team in the state. The Mounties, who will play at College of the Desert this week, are followed by City College of San Francisco (1-0), San Mateo (1-0), Fullerton (2-0) and Bakersfield (2-0).


Here is the entire top 25 . . .

1. Mt. SAC (2-0)

2. San Francisco (1-0)

3. San Mateo (1-0)

4.Fullerton (2-0)

5. Bakersfield (2-0)

6. Butte (1-0)

7. Cerritos (2-0

8. El Camino (2-0)

9. Foothill (1-0)

10. Laney (1-0)

11. San Joaquin Delta (1-0)

12. Pasadena (2-0)

13. Palomar (1-1)

14. Saddleback (1-1)

15. Fresno City (0-1)

16. Reedley (0-1)

17. Grossmont (1-1)

18. Sacramento (1-0)

19. Allan Hancock (1-1)

20. Siskiyous (1-0)

21. Los Angeles Harbor (1-1)

22. College of the Canyons (1-1)

23. Riverside (1-1)

24. Long Beach City (2-00

25. Golden West (1-1)

Also receiving votes: DeAnza (1-0), Ventura (1-1), American River (1-0), Feather River (1-0), Chabot (1-0), Chaffey (2-0), Diablo Valley (1-0), Modesto (0-1), Sierra (0-1), Santra Rosa (0-1), Santa Monica (2-0), Los Angeles Pierce (1-1). 

Most local college teams hitting the road this weekend

There aren’t a lot of games to pick from if you want to take in a local college football game this weeekend.

The University of La Verne (0-1) and San Bernardino Valley College (0-2) are idle and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (1-0), Pomona-Pitzer (0-1) and Chaffey College (2-0) will all be on the road. 

The University of Redlands (1-0) will host Whitworth, Wash. (1-1) at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Ted Runner Stadium. The Bulldogs opened their season with a 21-10 win at East Texas Baptist last week. That looks like a good win given that team’s big win the previous week.

This will be the second straight week the Bulldogs will be defending a star player. Not that you want to focus and entire game plan on one player, but Whitworth does rely on all-everything back Adam Anderson much the way East Texas revolved around its quarterback Sed Harris.

Redlands has the benefit of a solid quarterback and leader in Dan Selway, who is finally exhausting his eligibilty – foes in the SCIAC wil be happy to know. The Bulldogs do need to develop a running game, something coach Mike Maynard says has been a focal point in practice this week.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is going up to Pacific (Ore.) for a 1:30 p.m. game. That team is probably worse than the Lewis & Clark team it beat last week. Expect the Stags to move to 2-0. How good they are is still anybody’s guess given the level of competition.

Pomona-Pitzer, which lost to Whitworth 35-7 last week, goes up to Lewis & Clark. So the Sagehens and quarterback Jacob Caron have a good shot at win No. 1.

In the junior college ranks Victor Valley (0-2) will be at Riverside (1-0) for a 6 p.m. showdown. The schedule makers did the Rams no favors. Don’t get coach Dave Hoover started on that subject!

Chaffey (2-0) is off to an impressive start too but will face a tough task in marching down to Mission Viejo to square off against Saddleback, the No. 14 team in the state.


U of R wins football opener; Pomona-Pitzer falls

The University of Redlands chalked up a 21-10 win over East Texas Baptist this morning in its season debut. It was a good win for the Bulldogs over an opponent that picked up a quality win last week.

The Bulldogs got an efficient performance from senior quarterback Dan Sewlay who went 18 of 24 for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Coach Mike Maynard has said he will use other quarterbacks this season because he has to prepare for life after Selway. Well that came earlier than he even planned as Selway was sidelined with cramps early in the third quarter in the stifling humidity.

Sophomore Chad Hurst came in and directed a drive that put the Bulldogs a 21-3 lead.

Evan Reuter and David Metcalf proved to be the top targets.

On defense Redlands faced a tough task in trying to stop ETBU’s scrambling quarterback Sed Harris. The Bulldogs gave up some big plays but did an admirable job. Maynard credit Andrew Carreon, Spencer Minshew, Alex Ouji and Brad Hutter.

Punter Wes Norris averaged 51.4 yards on five kicks and Mike Nicolini had a big interception in the first half.

Meanwhile Pomona-Pitzer lost to Whitworth (Wash.) 35-7 at home. The Sagehens gave up 21 quick points in the last three minutes and was not in striking distance again. The defense is looking suspect, having given up 562 yards. That will be a big problem!


CCAA volleyball teams open play

California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women’s volleyball play begins this weekend with all 12 teams opening conference play on Friday.

The weekend is highlighted by four-time defending CCAA champion Cal State San Bernardino (3-1) hosting Cal State Monterey Bay (3-0) and San Francisco State (3-2) on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Coussoulis Arena. Both contests begin at 7 p.m.

Cal Poly Pomona (2-2) will play the same teams at Darlene May Gymnasium in the reverse order with San Francisco State first.

Led by No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino, three CCAA teams are currently ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) Top 25 Poll. UC San Diego is ranked No. 11 and Cal State L.A. is No. 21.

 Friday’s matches

CSU Monterey Bay at CSU San Bernardino; 7 p.m.
San Francisco State at Cal Poly Pomona; 7 p.m.
Cal State Stanislaus at CSU Dominguez Hills; 7 p.m.
Sonoma State at Cal State East Bay; 7 p.m.
Humboldt State at UC San Diego; 7 p.m.
Chico State at Cal State L.A.; 7 p.m.

Saturday’s matches

San Francisco State at CSU San Bernardino; 7 p.m.
Cal State Stanislaus at Cal State L.A.; 7 p.m.
Chico State at Cal State Dominguez Hills; 7 p.m.
Humboldt State at Cal State East Bay; 7 p.m.
Sonoma State at UC San Diego; 7 p.m.
Cal State Monterey Bay at Cal Poly Pomona; 7 p.m.