Cal State to host West Region volleyball

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team will host the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament, beginning on Thursday. There will be eight teams competing and one berth in the Elite Eight up for grabs.

Let’s hope the community shows up to support the event. First off, it’s great entertainment. The West Region boasts top notch teams and THE best is the local team. High school players and coaches shouldn’t waste the opportunity to see that level of play.

The school has a first-class venue and it’s easy to get to.

Next Sunday the NCAA will announce where the Elite Eight will be held. Cal State is among the schools who have put in bids to host the event. The Coyotes have trekked all over the country the last three years and they have put in bid to host, only to be denied.

The NCAA looks at a lot of things when it comes to picking a site – one is attendance. Poor attendance figures at this week’s event won’t help the Coyotes cause. The NCAA hasn’t given the event to a West Coast team since 2003 and they’re looking for any reason to short-change the area yet again.

Here is the rundown for quarterfinal play on Thursday . . .

Noon – No. 3 Sonoma State (21-6) vs. No. 6 Hawaii Hilo (15-6)

2:30 p.m. – No. 2 UC San Diego (21-5) vs. No. 7 Grand Canyon (22-6)

5 p.m. – No. 4 Brigham Young-Hawaii (18-3) vs. No. 5 Seattle Pacific (21-6)

7:30 p.m. – No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino (27-0) vs. No. 8. Alaska-Anchorage (18-8).