For the seventh time in the last eight years and the ninth time since 2001, the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes will play host to the NCAA West Regional volleyball tournament.
The event gets underway today. The Coyotes play in the last of four quarterfinals against Central Washington, a team to whom they lost earlier in the season.
CSUSB completed its regular season 25-5 overall and is the champion of the California Collegiate Athletic Association at 21-1; its eighth consecutive title. The Coyotes enter the NCAAs having won 22 of their last 23 matches.
The Coyotes are joined by fellow CCAA members Sonoma State and UC San Diego. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference is represented by Western Washington, Alaska-Anchorage and Central Washington. The final two teams are from the Pacific West Conference – reigning West Region champion BYU-Hawaii and Dixie State.
The entire regional will be played in the Physical Education Building, also known as “The Den,” due to Fall commencement ceremonies taking place in Coussoulis Arena on Dec. 7.
The NCAA West Region champion advances to the Elite Eight, held Dec. 12-14 at U.S. Cellular Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and hosted by Upper Iowa University.
Here is the schedule:
NCAA West Region
The Den – Cal State San Bernardino
Thursday, Dec. 5
12:00 p.m. – No. 3 seed UC San Diego (25-5) vs. No. 6 Dixie State (17-9)
2:30 p.m. – No. 2 seed BYU-Hawaii (24-1) vs. No. 7 seed Alaska-Anchorage (21-9)
5:00 p.m. – No. 4 seed Sonoma State (25-5) vs. No. 5 seed Western Washington (23-3)
7:30 p.m. – No. 1 seed Coyotes (25-5) vs. No. 8 seed Central Washington (15-11)
Friday, Dec. 6
5:00 p.m. – UCSD/Dixie State winner vs. BYU-H/UAA winner
7:30 p.m. – SSU/WWU winner vs. CSUSB/CWU winner
Saturday, Dec. 7