The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team put the exclamation point on the regular season easily turning back UC San Diego 25-14, 25-19, 25-18 tonight at Coussoulis Arena.
This wasn’t a typical Coyotes-Tritans throw down. Matches between the two teams have always been filled with intensity heightened by the fact that there is always a lot on the line. But the Coyotes wrapped up the CCAA title long ago.
Cal State (25-2, 21-1) finished six games ahead of second-place San Diego. Yes they are that much better than all the other teams in the CCAA which was a little down this year as a whole.
Cal State’s two seniors were solid in their last regular season match. Nicole Moore tallied 12 kills and Jane Chafeh contributed nine with 10 digs. Samantha Middleborn added nine kills. On the weekend Middleborn had 18 kills and no attack errors. That’s a pretty amazing stat given that the Coyotes were playing the No. 2 and 3 teams in the conference and not some cellar dwellar.
The announcement on the West Regional will be made at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Cal State was ranked first in the region and doesn’t figure to drop so it should be hosting.
My educated guess as to the other teams that will get into the field are San Diego, Sonoma State and Cal State Los Angeles from the CCAA, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage from the Great Northwest Athletics Conference and Hawaii Hilo out of the Pacific West.
If that were to be the field, seven of the eight teams were in the field last year.