Cal State volleyball team back in the rankings

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team is back in the national rankings, sneaking into the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll this week at No. 25.

It’s about time.

The Coyotes (18-7, 15-4) were in the poll an unprecedented streak of 168 straight weeks, dating back to the 2000 season. But they got off to a tough start in the first two tournaments against quality foes and dropped out the poll in week No. 3.

But Coach Kim Cherniss and her team are on a roll now and peaking at the right time. They have won 14 of their last 15 matches and have a two-game lead in the CCAA race over UC San Diego with five matches to go.

The Coyotes have been a fixture at the top of the conference with six straight titles and eight in the last 10 years.

This is year they’re reloading, having lost seven players from the national runner-up team of a year ago. With a team this young, if some other team doesn’t take the title from them this year, who knows when that will happen.

This is the pivotal week for Cal State, with a road match at San Diego on Wednesday and home matches Friday and Saturday at Coussoulis Arena against the other two leading contenders – Sonoma State and San Francisco State.