Cal State volleyball team earns preseason No. 8 ranking

CSUSB_Arielle McCullough

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball program has established itself as an elite program under the leadership of Kim Cheniss. So it is no surprise that the Coyotes start the new season ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division II by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Coyotes, 27-6 last year, open the new season against Hawaii Pacific on Sept. 5 at Central Washington’s Hampton Inn Wildcat Invitational in Ellensburg, Wash.

The No. 8 spot is CSUSB’s best since opening the 2012 season in the No. 3 position.

Cherniss begins her 24th season at the helm and welcomes back two All-Americans (senior middle blocker Tori May and junior middle blocker Brenna McIntosh) and four All-CCAA members (May, McIntosh, senior libero Arielle McCullough and junior outside hitter Alexandra Torline) from a 2013 team that won its eighth straight conference title and reached the West Regional for an unprecedented 14th straight year.

Three CCAA schools appear in the top 25 with No. 11 UC San Diego and No. 16 Sonoma State joining the Coyotes. The West Region also is represented by two-time defending regional champion BYU-Hawaii at No. 4 and No. 12 Western Washington.

Seven-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul is at the top spot.

 
Rank    School (First-place votes)     Total Points 2013 Record 2013 Final Ranking
1 Concordia-St. Paul (39) 1186 35-3 1
2 Tampa (8) 1151 31-2 2
3 Minnesota-Duluth 1086 33-3 4
4 BYU-Hawaii 981 29-2 3
5 Central Missouri 928 33-2 6
6 West Texas A&M 897 34-4 5
7 Southwest Minnesota State 861 24-8 7
8 COYOTES 861 27-6 9
9 Nebraska-Kearney 842 27-7 8
10 Washburn 718 31-6 10
11 UC San Diego 650 26-6 11
12 Western Washington 604 23-4 15
13 Ferris State 581 25-9 13
14 Grand Valley State 557 31-4 14
15 Wingate 515 32-3 12
16 Sonoma State 491 26-6 16
17 Wheeling Jesuit 401 39-6 17
18 Colorado School of Mines 389 25-7 19
19 Angelo State 330 25-10 18
20 Wayne State (Neb.) 296 22-10 21
21 Northern State 231 22-8 23
22 Armstrong State 198 32-2 20
23 West Florida 164 26-10 22
24 Indianapolis 122 25-10 NR
25 Palm Beach Atlantic 100 29-4 24