The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team (22-0) is one of just two unbeatens left in NCAA Division II and moved from third to second in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday.
No. 1 and previously unbeaten Tampa (Fla.), now 25-1, was upset by unranked Eckerd and fell to fifth. Minnesota-Duluth (25-0) is the new No. 1 as seven places in the top 10 changed.
The Coyotes could work their way up to No. 1 before it’s all over because Minnesota-Duluth still has a match left against Concordia-St. Paul which is trying for its fifth straight national title and is currently No. 6. If you’re the Coyotes you probably want Concordia to win that one. Being the only unbeaten and No. 1 would probably further their cause when it comes to hosting the event.
The only problem is the NCAA seems to not want a West Region to host since one hasn’t done so since 2003 when the Coyotes did so.
The Coyotes look like they have a good chance at running the table with their last five matches all at Coussoulis Arena where they have won 56 straight matches dating back to the end of the 2008 season.
The Coyotes also are ranked first in the West Region which actually carries more weight because the No. 1 team typically hosts the eight-team regional which determines the Elite Eight representative.