Coyotes fall from fourth to eighth

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team fell from fourth to eighth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll released on Monday.

That drop is the result of a 3-2 loss to Cal State East Bay on Saturday. It was the first time this season the Coyotes (13-2) had been pushed to five games.

The fact that the traditional CCAA powers such as UC San Diego and Cal State Los Angeles seem a bit down doesn’t help the Coyotes cause. A few weeks back they dropped from second to fifth without losing. The perception is that the conference is down so any loss is going to prove costly.

There are three teams ranked ahead of Cal State that have more losses.

The first West Region poll will come out in a couple of weeks. That’s the one that really matters.

But here is the national poll.

1. Minnesota-Duluth (16-1)

2. Southwest Minnesota State (15-2

3. Tampa (Fla.) 15-3

4. Washburn (Kan.) 19-1

     Wayne State (Neb.) 16-2

6. Concordia-St. Paul 18-3

7. Central Missouri 18-3

8. Cal State San Bernardino 13-2

9. Nebraska-Kearney 18-3

10.  Truman 17-3

11. Lewis 15-2

12. Hillsdale (Mich) 15-1

13. Northern Michigan 15-0

14. Minnesota State 12-4

15. Emporia State 15-3

16. Western Washington 11-2

17. Seattle Pacific 16-1

18. Metro State 13-5

19. Missouri-St. Louis 14-3

20. Indianapolis 14-6

21. Abilene Christian 16-3

22. Dowling (NY) 14-0

23. Cal State East Bay 13-4

24. Cal State Monterey Bay 12-2

25. Grand Valley State (Mich.) 11-5

Dropped out: West Florida

Receiving votes: Florida Southern, West Florida, Rockhurst, West Texas A&M, Cal State Los Angeles, Wheeling Jesuit, Alaska-Anchorage, Barry (Fla.), Wingate (NC), Lynn (Fla.), Regis (Col.)