Coyotes hit the road for soccer regional

It was good news and bad news for the Cal State San Bernardino men’s soccer team.

The Coyotes (13-5-1) made the postseason for just the third time in history. The bad news, though, is losses in the last two matches cost the Coyotes the right to host a game, so they’ll be hitting the road.

Chico State will host the Super Region 4. The Coyotes will be facing Pacific West champion Grand Canyon (14-2-2) at 4 p.m. Friday in the first round while the host Wildcats (13-6) will play CCAA North foe Sonoma State (14-5-1) at 7 p.m.

“Our guys are excited about the opportunity,” said Cal State San Bernardino coach Noah Kooiman, this year’s CCAA Coach of the Year. “It’s a little disappointing we’re not hosting, but it’s the playoffs. “We got a taste of it last year, so we’re better prepared this time around.”

The Coyotes have been ranked as high as No. 3 in the country and were No. 1 in the West Region the last three weeks, but Cal State lost its regular-season finale to Cal State Dominguez Hills 1-0 and its CCAA tournament semifinal to Sonoma State 1-0.

Sonoma State won the event by beating Dominguez in the final. Kooiman thinks Sonoma State winning tipped the hosting right to Chico. Had Dominguez gotten in, the South would have had two teams and the Coyotes likely would have been the host team.

“We’ll never know, but that’s how we think it would have worked out,” Kooiman said.
It will be the third playoff berth for the Coyotes, who were beaten last year by Cal State Los Angeles 5-3. The previous berth was in 1991, when the school was competing at the Division III level.

The Coyotes haven’t played Grand Canyon this season. They defeated Chico State 2-1 and lost to Sonoma State twice, 3-1 and 1-0.

Division III women’s soccer

Surprise SCIAC tournament winner University of Redlands has drawn a first- round playoff matchup against Chapman on Thursday.

The Bulldogs (10-9) were seeded fourth for the SCIAC tourney but earned the conference playoff berth by upsetting top- seeded Cal Lutheran and No. 2 Occidental in the conference tournament.

Redlands hasn’t given up a goal in more than 285 minutes dating back to its 5-0 victory over Whittier on Oct. 30. It has seven shutouts.

Chapman (12-6), which competes as an independent, gained one of 21 Pool B/C bids to the NCAA tournament. It defeated Redlands 3-2 in nonconference play earlier this season.

Division III men’s soccer

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (14-3-2) will be the SCIAC’s lone postseason representative and compete in a four- team sectional. The Stags will play host team Texas-Tyler University (12-3-1) on Saturday.

The winner of that game will face the winner of the game between Trinity-Texas and Pacific.
Claremont-Mudd finished second to the University of Redlands in the regular season but upended the Bulldogs 1-0 in the SCIAC tournament to earn the automatic bid.

Division III volleyball

For the first time since 1999, the University of La Verne will not be participating in the postseason.

Regular-season champion Cal Lutheran won the SCIAC’s automatic bid by also winning the conference tournament.

The Leopards (19-11) were 11-9 in mid- October but went 8-2 over their last 10 matches to make a push for an at-large bid, then lost the tournament finale to Cal Lutheran.

West Region representatives Cal Lutheran, Colorado College and Whitworth each received automatic bids into the 63-team field by virtue of winning their respective conferences. Puget Sound (18-6) earned the West’s lone at-large berth.

Former Etiwanda standout honored by CCAA

Cal State Los Angeles middle blocker Marquis Mora has been named Molten/California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 1-7.

Mora, a sophomore from Rancho Cucamonga, played big in the middle as the Eagles defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills and No. 25 Cal State East Bay and lost to UC San Diego.

In 11 sets, she totaled 33 kills, 12 total blocks and posted an impressive .508 attack percentage. In 59 attack attempts, the Cal State L.A. sophomore had just three hitting errors.

In a three-game sweep of Cal State Dominguez Hills, Mora collected eight kills without an error, two block assists and recorded a .571 hitting perencetage. She followed that effort with 10 kills, four block assists registered a .625 attack percentage againt Cal State East Bay.

Mora, a graduate of Etiwanda High School, ended the week with 15 kills, six total blocks and a .414 hitting percentage in a five-set win over UC San Diego.

Molten CCAA Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week:
Aug. 30 – Sept. 5: Roxanne Brunsting (UC San Diego)

Sept. 6-12: Roxanne Neely (Cal State East Bay)

Sept. 13-19 Rheann Fall (Cal State Monterey Bay)

Sept. 20-26: Lianne Vicchio (Cal State Stanislaus)

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Jane Chafeh (Cal State San Bernardino)

Oct. 4-10: Melanie Lashbrook (Cal State Monterey Bay)

Oct. 11-17: Roxanne Brunsting (UC San Diego)

Oct. 18-24: Ally Sather (Sonoma State)

Oct. 25-31: Roxanne Neely (Cal State East Bay)

Nov. 1-7: Marquis Mora (Cal State L.A.).

Some final thoughts on the Duke experience

Well now the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos can turn the page on last season and get on with defending their CCAA, West region and national titles.

They represented quite well in a hostile environment on the big stage against the top Division team in college basketball, losing to Duke 81-60 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
The experience the Broncos have gained in their last two games will serve them well as they proceed. There can be no more pressure than playing for a national title on television or going toe-to-toe with one of the most storied programs in the country.
The Duke folks, their wacky fans and the media were all impressed with how the Broncos performed. It was quite an endorsement from knowledgeable basketball folks.
Perspective is interesting though. The local papers talked about a blowout. Well is 21 points really a blowout? It might be if its Duke vs. North Carolina or Wake Forest. Is 20 points really a blow out against a Division II school?
Cameron is smaller than one would think. It’s one of those quaint old buildings with lots of history. And the Cameron Crazies were just as advertised. They are literally right on the backs of the writers on press row. At first I thought it was going to be annoying. It actually turned out to be quite amusing. The Crazy behind me was actually from Santa Cruz. Go figure! They know how to heckle without getting personal.
Covering smaller colleges is a great gig but it was great to get a taste of the big time too!

The final from Cameron – Duke 81, Cal Poly Pomona 60

Well the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos ran out of gas and succumbed in the battle between reigning national champions, losing to Duke 81-60.

They trailed by just six at the intermission 39-33 but ran out of gas early in the second. 
Duke led by as many as 31 at the 7:51 mark – 76-45. It got a little closer when Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski but in his subs late in the game.  He was very complimentary of the Broncos afterward saying his team easily could have lost had it not started making some shots in the second half.
Tobias Jahn was the standout with 15 points and eight rebounds. Coach K said early his team didn’t respect Cal Poly’s ability to drive the ball inside against his bigger men.
Dwayne Fells added 12 and Matt Rosser 10. Donnelle Booker had seven points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
Duke hit just 2 of 15 tries from long distance. Must have been that Cal Poly match-up zone.
Duke All-American Kyle Singler finished with 14 points and five rebounds after being held to one bucket and one rebound in the first half.
The team is flying out Friday at 2:30 p.m. but a coach’s work is never done. Cal Poly coach Greg Kamansky will be leaving at 8 a.m. because he has to be back for a fundraiser later in the day.

Broncos not in striking distance any more

Well so much for that.

Duke has asserted its will and its now 76-45 with 7:15 to go.
Donnelle Booker, Matthew Rosser and Mitchel Anderson all have four fouls. That’s what happens when you only carry 10 players and you’re playing a major Division I school with lots of bigs
Duke has gotten the majority of its second half points on fast-break points. A 12-0 run put it up 63-40. The highlight of that run were back-to-back alley-oop dunks by Ryan Kelly and Nolan Smith that made it 61-40 and raised the noise level at Cameron Indoor considerably.
No matter what happens the Broncos can be proud of how they handled themselves, both on and off the court. They represented the school, the CCAA and Division II basketball quite well.

It’s halftime at Cameron Indoor, Cal Poly only down by six!

The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos are acquitting themselves quite nicely in their battle against Division I juggernaut Duke.

It’s 39-33 Duke at the half. Who would have thought the Broncos could keep it that close. It’s not like Duke isn’t playing their starters either.
Duke’s biggest lead was 30-16 at 9:28.
Tobias Jahn is the star this far. He has 13 points and five rebounds. Matt Rosser had eight with Dwayne Fells, Kevin Menner and Donnelle Booker each adding four. Menner, a transfer from Cal State Northridge, also has seven rebounds. Booker has two blocks.
Duke had five guys that are 6-10 and the Broncos have out rebounded them 23-17. A lot of those are hustle rebounds. 
Duke is 15-for-31 from the field while Cal Poly is 15-for-38.
Blue Devils All-American Kyle Singler has two points and one rebound in 19 minutes.

It’s 10-10 at 15:41

Well we’re at the first time out at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the battle of the Division I and II champions. So far so good for the Broncos. It’s 10-10. Who would have thought?

The Broncos started out strong and scored on a layup by Tobias Jahn off the opening tipoff. Intimidated they’re not.
Jahn has six points and Dwayne Fells has four. Jahn even lowered his shoulder and elbowed his way past 6-10 Mason Plumlee for his second hoop. He looks more physical than he ever did in the past. 
Fells just knocked a Duke defender to the floor going for an offensive rebound. 
Now 17-14 Duke with 12:25 left in the half.
Second timeout of the game and it’s 21-14 Duke with 11:51 left in the half. 
The Broncos are holding their own. But they’re not getting any calls. They know better than to expect one though!

Getting ready for tipoff at Cameron . . .

Well its about an hour from tipoff at Cameron Indoor Stadium where the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos will face the ultimate test – reigning Division I champion Duke!

The Broncos were already out and had their warm-up and are now back in the locker room. The Duke players are now out shooting. They have a lot of very big players. David vs. Goliath it is!
The fans have started streaming in and the pep band is warming up about 10 feet away. The fans are so close to press row they can read what I’m typing. I have a feeling it is going to get real loud in here real soon.
Duke has 10, count them 10, assistant coaches.
I had lunch with the team at 3 p.m. Donnelle Booker said his injured left hand is doing better. It wasn’t wrapped but he still plans to get an X-ray on Monday.
The players aren’t that impressed with the Duke campus or they like University of North Carolina more. They walked around the Chapel Hill campus yesterday, touring the Deandome as well as that school’s basketball Hall of Fame. They were very impressed by that,
Broncos coach Greg Kamansky was hoping to talk to his counterpart – the other Coach K after his team’s shoot around yesterday since the Blue Devils were practicing right after. But THE coach K didn’t make an appearance until long after the Broncos left.
So I don’t feel so bad that I was told earlier in the week he wasn’t available to the media for even five minutes.

Cal Poly’s Booker injures hand

Bad news from Durham, N.C., where the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team is preparing to play Division I juggernaut Duke

Senior forward Donnelle Booker injured his hand during the two-hour practice at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday. Coach Greg Kamansky said the Cajon High School product is going to try and play because this is the chance of a lifetime. But how long he will play and how effective he will be is anyone’s guess.
Kamansky said the injury occurred when Booker went to block a shot. He fears the hand is broken which would likely end his season. There is considerable swelling and Booker will have an X-ray when the team gets back to Southern California.
Losing Booker would be devastating because the Broncos only carry 10 players to begin with he is the most experienced player on the roster, now in his fifth year. Booker has already been out one year, injuring his knee in 2008-2009 – his true junior year,

Time approaches for Cal Poly-Duke showdown

Well it’s a little less than 24 hours before the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team takes on perhaps the biggest juggernaut in the college game – Duke.

It will be Division I champion vs. Division II champion. Just what is the difference. I guess we’ll see. But obviously no one is expecting the Broncos to come within 50 points.
Duke played another Division II team on Saturday – St. Augustine’s (NC). Not a great D2 team, but a solid one. The final – 141-68. St. Augustine’s trailed 16-1 and 30-3 and didn’t get its first field goal until eight minutes into the game.
That can happen when a smaller school gets thrown onto that kind of stage. A few years back Cal State San Bernardino squared off against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. It wasn’t quite that ugly,but it was pretty ugly in the first half with the Coyotes definitely playing with that “deer in the headlights” look.
We’ll see how the Broncos do. They have always prided themselves on poise under pressure. Making big shots when it matters is what they do, even after the personnel changes. But this is no ordinary situation. Greg Kamansky is a great coach and he’ll have his team ready – or as ready as they could possibly be.
The Broncos have nothing to lose. The exposure will be great for the program no matter what the result. It will also, no doubt, be the thrill of a lifetime for the nine Bronco players, as well as the coaching staff.