Cal State San Bernardino volleyball tem drops despite wins

Ciara Richards

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team dropped one spot to No. 15 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released on Monday.

The Coyotes went 2-0 on the week, besting Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay but were leapfrogged by Colorado Mesa which went from No. 16 to No. 14 despite not beating a ranked foe.

Go figure.

The Coyotes have a chance to scores some major points this week though as they will play at home on Thursday against Sonoma State, which leads the CCAA by one game over the Coyotes. Cal State, which beat the Seawolves the first time the teams play, would move into a tie for first with the win.

Cal Poly Pomona standouts sweep weekly honors

Armando Ochoa

Cal Poly Pomona swept weekly soccer honors as Armando Ochoa was named CCAA men’s player of the week while Alison Sauve was named best among the women for games Oct. 6-12.

Ochoa, a junior midfielder from Riverside, led the Broncos to a sweep of Cal State East Bay and Cal State Stanislaus. In Friday’s 3-1 victory over the Pioneers, Ochoa scored his first two goals of the season including the game winner off of a free kick in the 36th minute of play.

On Sunday Ochoa scored his third goal of the weekend in the Broncos’ 2-1 win against the Warriors.

Sauve, a senior midfielder, managed the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over nationally ranked Cal State Stanislaus.

The Broncos finished 2-0 on the weekend after also snagging a 3-0 win against Cal State East Bay on Friday.

Alison Sauve


Alexandra Torline earns CCAA Player of Week accolades

Cal State San Bernardino’s Alexandra Torline has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 6-12.

The junior outside hitte played a huge weekend for the 14th-ranked Coyotes, who earned a road sweep against previous-league leader Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Thursday against the Golden Eagles, Torline amassed 22 kills in a .476 attack percentage. One night later, she ripped a .435 percentage after tallying 10 kills in 23 attempts and without an attack error against the Toros.

For the weekend, Torline compiled a .462 hitting percentage and averages of 4.57 kills and 5.2 points per-set. She also totaled 13 digs, three service aces, and three blocks.

Redlands retains Smudge Pot, looks like team to beat in SCIAC


The University of Redlands football team retained the Smudge Pot in rather emphatic fashion, trouncing Cal Lutheran 59-27 at Ted Runner Stadium on Saturday.

It was third Smudge Pot game between the SCIAC rivals, the inaugural won by the Kingsmen in 2012 and the last two by the Bulldogs.

Bragging rights are nice. But the game likely means much more than that. Redlands and Cal Lutheran have been the dominant teams in the conference the last decade or so, so a win will go a long way toward determining the first-place finisher.

Yes it comes early in the conference schedule and there are many more games to go but it does establish the Bulldogs up as the team to beat.

It was hard to tell what to expect from Redlands which played two of the top five teams in the country before opening conference play.  Then came a decisive win over Pomona-Pitzer, traditionally one of the bottom contenders. So the jury was still out.

That is the case  no loner. This was a quality win over the team that has been the biggest threat to win the conference as the Kingsmen claimed four straight titles from 2009 to 2012.

The Bulldogs just need to stay focused and not play down to the level of the competition in games they seemingly should win.

Cal Poly Pomona women get No. 1 ranking


Blackwell NCAA Inner

The target just just got real big for the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team.

The Broncos, a national semifinalist last year, have been ranked No. 1 by the Division II Bulletin to start the season.

CPP’s 2013-14 season marked the 24th time the team has made an NCAA Tournament appearance, and the 20th time the Broncos have been the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Champions.

The Broncos graduated just one player from that team.

Headlining the returning cast is All-American Jada Blackwell, who has been picked as the NCAA Division II Preseason Player of the Year. The senior center out of Etiwanda High school.

Through last year’s NCAA postseason, Blackwell totaled 135 points. That left her just 15 points shy of breaking the all-time Division II record for tournament scoring. Blackwell racked up 620 points in the 2013-14 campaign, putting her at No. 5 in Broncos’ history on the single-season leader board.

Also returning this season, and also in the double digits in that Final Four matchup is Academic All-American Ariel Marsh, who sank her 80th three pointer of the year against Bentley to secure second place on the Broncos’ single-season list.

The Broncos will begin their season on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., as they travel to the Felix Event Center in Azusa to play the Point Loma Sea Lions.

Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer team earn’s national ranking

The Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer team debuted in the NCAA Division III national rankings this week at No. 23 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The Sagehens are ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 2012 season, when they debuted at No. 24 in the nation on their way to a SCIAC title.

Pomona-Pitzer enters this week with an 8-2-1 overall record, but 7-1-1 against Division III competition, with the only loss an overtime road defeat to Redlands. The Sagehens are ranked third in the West Region behind Trinity (Texas) and Colorado College, while fellow SCIAC foes Redlands (8th) and CMS (10th) are also in the regional rankings.

The Sagehens are also 6-1-1 in the SCIAC, putting them alone in first place in the league standings at the midway point, a two-game lead in the loss column over both CMS and Chapman at 5-3-1 (Redlands is right behind at 5-3 with a game in hand).

To view the NSCAA Divsiion III national rankings, go to the following link:

NSCAA Top 25

Cal Poly Pomona’s Elizabeth Olvera earns weekly CCAA honor

Elizabeth Olvera

Elizabeth Olvera of the Cal Poly Pomona has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

Olvera, a native of Long Beach, led the Broncos to their sixth-place finish in the 17-team Pomona-Pitzer Invite, on Saturday.

In the 6,000-meter race, Olvera posted a 23:13.1 mark, which led the Broncos. Her time helped CPP defeat the host school, as Pomona-Pitzer was five points behind the Broncos in the end result.

Her time also helped CPP top Cal State Bakersfield, a Division I program. Bakersfield came in 12th.

The Broncos will return to the course on Thursday as they race in the UCLA/USC Meet at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.

Alta Loma graduate earns college volleyball honor


Cal State Los Angeles senior Loreal Carter has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5.

Carter, a graduate of Alta Loma High School, helped the Golden Eagles remain atop the CCAA with wins over Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Stanislaus, and Chico State.

Carter started the week by recording a triple-double – the first of the season and second of her career – in a five-set win over Cal State Dominguez Hills in the Eagles Nest. Carter had 14 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks in the 25-18, 21-25, 30-32, 25-18, 15-8 victory.

She then had a team-high 11 kills, three service aces and three blocks in a 25-20, 25-19, 26-24 win at Cal State Stanislaus on Friday before delivering 15 kills, nine digs and five blocks in a 25-17, 25-18, 12-25, 23-25, 21-19 win over Chico State on Saturday. Carter had a pair of crucial kills to help Cal State L.A. stave off seven match points in the fifth set against the Wildcats.

For the week, Carter tallied 40 kills, 18 blocks and 23 digs, with a hitting percentage of .312.

The weekly award is the first of Carter’s career.

Carter has been enjoying an outstanding senior season. She is second on the team with 117 kills and is third with 38 blocks. Carter also leads the Golden Eagles with 14 service aces.

Cal State L.A. (10-2, 8-1 CCAA) holds sole possession of first place in the conference with two big CCAA matches at the Eagles Nest this week. The Golden Eagles will host eight-time defending conference champion Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday night before playing Humboldt State on Friday night. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. starts.

Chaffey’s Adom Jacko chooses Loyola Marymount

Chaffey College basketball standout Adom Jacko is moving on to Loyola Marymount. The 6-foot-8 power forward chose that program over others including Cal State Fullerton and said that staying local was important to him.

The Alta Loma High School graduate averaged a team-high 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in helping the Panthers to the California state semifinals.

He was a first-team All-Foothill Conference and first team All-State selection. He was also a tournament most valuable player in two events in which Chaffey competed during the regular season.

Jacko was also part of a team that advanced to the state championship game as a freshman.

He plans to major in sociology and is still taking classes at Chaffey. He’ll enroll at LMU for the 2015 school year.

Cal State volleyball team moves up 1 in national poll

Alexandra Torline

The Cal State volleyball team moved up one place to No. 8 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll released today.

The Coyotes (8-2) are coming off straight set wins over Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last weekend.

Next up for the Coyotes is a home match against local rival Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday at Coussoulis Arena.

The Coyotes were the lone CCAA team making the cut this week. UC San Diego, which had been ranked all season, was the top vote-getter among teams not making the top 25. Sonoma State and Cal State Los Angeles also received votes.

Tampa (Fla.) is ranked No. 1, having received 47 of 48 first-place votes.