The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team is warming up for its NCAA West Region quarterfinal against Brigham Young-Hawaii. The Coyotes (25-2) are seeded first and ranked sixth nationally.
The first three quarterfinals are in the books. At the risk of being called a homer, I don’t see a team that should beat the host Coyotes. And I did sit through all three earlier matches.
The other results:
No. 2 Seattle Pacific beat No. 6 Cal State Los Angeles 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-6)
No. 3 Western Washington beat No. 6 Alaska-Anchorage 26-24, 25-12, 20-25, 25-20)
No. 4 UC San Diego easily beat No. 5 Sonoma State 3-0 (24-23, 25-14, 25-17)
The most disappointing match was probably the Sonoma-San Diego showdown. You expect a match between the 4 and 5 seeds to be the best match of the day, not the worst. San Diego gets the winner of this last match. So probably an All-CCAA matchup.
Seattle Pacific didn’t quite live up to billing. A No. 2 shouldn’t need five games to dispatch a No. 7.
In the early match, Anchorage had a lot of trouble with serve receiving and passing. Now in the post-season that really shouldn’t be an issue.
So it will be a conference rematch between Seattle Pacific and Western Washington.
A lot of these teams are young so expect most of them to be back next season. Sonoma and Anchorage have just one senior on their rosters. Seattle Pacific and San Bernardino have just two.