Cal State volleyball team a step closer to title

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team is two wins away from that elusive national championship.

The Coyotes (31-0) turned in a solid performance in a 3-0 win over Flagler College (Fla.) in Thursday’s quarterfinal. The day lacked any real drama with all the matches pretty much going as expected.

The Coyotes won without a dominant performance from two-time national player of the year Samantha Middleborn. She had eight kills but it took her 18 swings which amounted to an attack percentage of .278, well under her average of .495. But when you have tons of other weapons you can still come away with a relatively easy win.

Priscilla Collings had 11 kills (.357%) while Megan Johnson managed 10 (.474).  

A crowd of more than 1,000 was on hand. There were even fans in the upper tier. I haven’t seen that for any sport in my eight or so years covering the school’s teams. That crowd might have been even bigger had the weather been better. Hopefully tonight being a weekend match , the team draws even more.

The semifinals will pit the Coyotes Elite Eight nemesis Concordia-St. Paul against Tampa, Fla. at 5 p.m. with the Coyotes next facing Hillsdale, Mich. at 7:30 or so. Most of the talk on Thursday was about the anticipated matcghup between No. 2 Tampa and No. 3 Concordia, which is trying for an unprecedented fifth straight national title.

The championship will be decided at 7 p.m. Saturday.