The Cal State San Bernardino men have lost their room for error. The good news for the Coyotes is they round out the regular season with four straight home games, three against bottom tier teams in the CCAA.
The Coyotes (15-6, 13-5) are second behind Cal Poly Pomona (21-1, 17-1) in the CCAA race. They are coming off back-to-back losses at Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus but didn’t lose ground in the conference because third-place San Francisco State also lost twice.
But they did lose ground in the all-important D2 West Region which unveiled its first top 10 on Wednesday. The Coyotes are sixth. Had they won those two games they could have been as high as third.
The top eight are going to get in to the postseason. So they need to regroup in a hurry. Barely getting in isn’t good because then you’re playing one the top two seeds. Granted every team left is good at that point. But you definitely don’t want to be playing the host team in the quarterfinal. It’s a tall order, especially at Bellingham, Wash. with Western Washington, the defending national champ, pretty much having a lock on the top spot.
The Coyotes had some illness/injury issues last week but should be ready to go full throttle this weekend. They are hosting Cal State Monterey Bay (8-17, 4-14) on Friday and Cal State East Bay (5-17, 4-14) on Saturday. Men tip off at 7:30 p.m. or 20 minutes after the women get done.