Coyotes land four All-American nods

The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its Division II All-American nods today and four players from Cal State San Bernardino are among those honored.

Junior Samantha Middleborn and senior Jane Chafeh made the first team while senior Nicole Moore made the second and sophomore Camille Smith the third team. It is the first time the school has had four All-Americans. It has three on four occasions.

It is a quite an accomplishment given that just 42 players are selected nationwide – 14 to each of the three teams. The only school that had more named was No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul which had five players honored. That is the team the Coyotes will play in the NCAA quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Coyotes are a very balanced team which makes it hard to rack up the lofty numbers needed for individual honors most of the time. Coach Kim Cherniss was disappointed junior Megan Johnson didn’t figure into those All-American selections as well.

But she’ll be just as happy if the Coyotes bring home the big proze this week! 

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SBVC women off to state tournament

The men’s cross country team from San Bernardino Valley College already has won a state title this month. Could the women’s soccer team be far behind?

The Wolverines advanced to the Final Four for the first time in school history with a 4-2 win over Ventura on Saturday. The game was not THAT close. SBVC had 15 shots to six for the Pirates. And the shots they had were all good shots as most of the game was played in the Ventura end of the field.

It was team that came out poised and aggressive from the start. Not even a gusting rain that blew across the field for most of the game could slow the determined Wolverines.

Goals were scored by Crystal Sanchez, Kayla Kellstrom, Amanda Simpson and Mariela Ortega.

Now its on to the state semifinal on Friday at College of the Canyons where SBVC will square off against Fresno at 4 p.m. This is a team that has overcome adverstiy time and time again. So I would not bet against it.

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La Verne fires two head coaches

The University of La Verne has fired women’s volleyball coach Marlon Sano and football coach Andy Ankeny. Could someone else be next? There are a lot of sports there struggling right now. So is it really the coaches or are there other reasons teams are failing? Maybe the school isn’t hiring the right people. Only time will tell.

The termination of Sano is probably a little surprising because he just completed his second year and had a mark of 42-25. But this is volleyball and standards in that sport at that school are pretty high. It has produced three national championships and 27 All-Americans. The Leopards failed to get into the playoffs this year and that’s big news. 
Ankeny had been there four years and was 4-32. The program was in trouble when he took over. To the Leopards credit, they kept battling and never gave up. There were a lot of close losses – 20-14 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 28-26 in triple overtime to Pomona-Pitzer, 35-28 to Chapman.
Canning the coaches now gives the school plenty of time to look for quality successors but it also gives those coaches time to find other employment so they can do what is best for their families.

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