Cal State volleyball team stays No. 8 in national poll

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The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team remained No. 8 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II national poll.

The Coyotes opened the 2014 season this past weekend, going 3-1 at the Hampton Inn Wildcat Invitational hosted by Central Washington University.

They defeated three West Region team with victories against Hawaii Pacific, Saint Martin’s and No. 9 Western Washington. The Coyotes lost 3-1 to host and this week’s No. 13 Central Washington.

The Coyotes are at Cal State East Bay (3-2) on Friday night and Cal State Monterey Bay (0-4) on Saturday.

Six West Region schools are in this week’s poll, led by No. 4 BYU-Hawaii, No. 8 Coyotes, No. 9 Western Washington, No. 13 Central Washington, No. 14 UC San Diego, and No. 22 Sonoma State.

The top five are unchanged from the preseason poll – Concordia-St. Paul, Tampa, Minnesota-Duluth, BYUH and Central Missouri.

Cal State’s Brenna McIntosh wins weekly CCAA honor

All-American Brenna McIntosh is really good

Cal State San Bernardino junior middle blocker Brenna McIntosh is the first CCAA Volleyball Player of the week for the new season.

McIntosh led the No. 8 Coyotes to a 3-1 record at a season-opening tournament at Central Washington.

The Yorba Linda native led the entire tournament with a .415 attack percentage (44 kills/5 errors/94 attacks) and 1.31 blocks per set.
Among her tourney highlights were a .550 attack percentage in the 3-0 victory over Saint Martin’s and three solo blocks in the victories over Hawaii Pacific and No. 12 Western Washington, respectively.

The Coyotes open CCAA play on Friday at Cal State East Bay.

Cal State San Bernardino lands local soccer player

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Midfielder Steffany De La Torre (Desert Hot Springs HS) of San Bernardino Valley College has signed a letter of intent to play for Cal State San Bernardino next season.

De La Torre was named to the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Junior College Scholar All-America team, one of 11 community college athletes across the nation honored with the award.

De La Torre was named second team All-Foothill Conference this past fall. She tied for first in the conference with 11 assists, four coming on game winning goals. De La Torre was also named to the 2012 honorable mention All-Foothill Conference.

 

Cal State volleyball team earns preseason No. 8 ranking

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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

CMS coach departs for position at San Francisco State

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is looking for an interim track coach as Kendra Reimer has accepted the women’s track & field head coaching position at NCAA Division II San Francisco State.

The search for an interim head coach will begin immediately. An interim head coach will guide the CMS track & field program during the 2014-15 season. A long-term replacement for Coach Reimer is expected to be hired in the spring of 2015.

During four seasons in Claremont, Reimer led the Stags and Athenas to four SCIAC team championships (2 men’s and 2 women’s) and recorded a combined 50-8 dual meet record. She coached 36 individual SCIAC champions and nine All-Americans. In 2011 and 2013 she was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region Coach of the Year.

“This is bittersweet for me as it has been an honor to be a part of such a historic program like CMS Track & Field,” said Reimer. “I would like to thank you for your support and help throughout my tenure. I am grateful for my time here at CMS and am proud of our record and what our teams and student-athletes accomplished during the last four years. This is a winning program through and through and I’m privileged to have served a small part in its success.”

CMS volleyball team receives preseason ranking

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released it NCAA Division III Top-25 Preseason Poll and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is checking in at No. 19.

The Athenas ended 2013 – the best season in school history –ranked 24th in the final poll of the year after a 25-7 record and an NCAA postseason appearance.

Fellow SCIAC member Cal Lutheran, the defending conference champion, is No. 6. Pomona-Pitzer didn’t crack the poll but did receive votes.

The Athenas begin play in 2014 on Aug. 29 with a pair of matches in the Pacific Coast Classic which CMS co-hosts. CMS’ home matches in 2014 and throughout the duration of the Roberts Pavilion construction will be played at Harvey Mudd College’s Linde Activities Center.

 

 

 

Cal State women’s soccer team earns ranking

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One year after finishing its best season in school history, the Coyotes will begin the 2014 season ranked in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II preseason poll.

The Coyotes made the cut at No. 17. Fellow CCAA member Cal State Stanislaus also mades the cut at No. 11.

CSUSB earned just its second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 2013 and went on to finish in the Round of 16, falling to Western Washington in the NCAA West Region final.

.Cal State boasted a young team last year and returns most of roster including sophomore Kiana Quarles, the CCAA Freshman of the Year in 2013.

The most notable absence is that of graduated goalkeeper Chelsey Jones.

The Coyotes open the 2014 season Sept. 4 at Academy of Art.

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Women’s National Preseason Ranking
Rank    Team                                 2013 W-L-T
1.         Grand Valley State                         24-0-1
2.         West Florida                                  17-1-3
3.         Western Washington                     20-2-1
4.         American International                  18-3-2
5.         St. Edward’s                                  18-1-3
6.         Saint Rose                                     20-1-2
7.         Slippery Rock                                15-4-2
8.         Minnesota-Duluth                          17-4-0
9.         Colorado Mines                             19-1-1
10.        Wingate                                        16-3-4
11.        Cal State Stanislaus                     18-1-2
12.        California (Pa.)                             18-3-2
13.        Quincy                                          18-1-4
14.        Rollins                                          16-4-0
15.        Minnesota State-Mankato            17-3-2
16.        Metro State                                   14-4-4
17.        CS San Bernardino                    12-7-4
18.        Tampa                                          15-4-2
19.        Belmont Abbey                             15-4-4
20.        Bridgeport                                     18-3-0
21.        Southwest Minnesota State          17-4-2
22.        Lenoir-Rhyne                                14-4-2
23.        Winona State                                16-4-2
24.        Fort Lewis                                     16-6-6
25.        Seattle Pacific                               15-6-1

William Rodriguez named water polo coach at University of La Verne

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William Rodriguez has been named men’s and women’s water polo coach at the University of La Verne

He makes the move from Division I Pepperdine where he served as coach and Director of Operations the last two years. He was also an assistant at Pepperdine in 2006 and 2007.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Rodriguez as a part of Leopard Athletics,” La Verne Athletic Directore Julie Kline said in a prepared statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to our program, having coached and played at the highest levels. Willo is committed to excellence, both in the classroom and in the pool. He will be an exceptional leader and role model for our student-athletes.”

Rodriguez’s appointment is effective immediately. He replaces Alex La, who resigned following six years as the Leopards’ head coach.

As the interim co-head coach of the Waves in 2012, Rodriguez helped Pepperdine to an 11-13 overall record, with the Waves achieving a national ranking as high as No. 4 during the regular season.

During his first stint as an assistant coach at Pepperdine, Rodriguez helped the Waves to an overall record of 40-27 and a pair of national top-10 rankings.

Before he returned to Pepperdine in 2012, Rodriguez served as an assistant men’s and women’s water polo coach at USC from 2010-12 during which the Trojans claimed two national championships.

Prior to USC, Rodriguez spent the 2009-10 season as the assistant women’s water polo coach at Rio Hondo College.

He also competed at Pepperdine as a player in 2001 and 2002.

A standout performer both before and after his collegiate career, Rodriguez earned a spot on the 1995 Puerto Rican Junior National team. In 2003, he competed with the Puerto Rican National Team at the Olympic Qualifying tournament held in Rio do Janeiro, Brazil.

SBVC’s Jonathan Gonzales picks Portland State

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San Bernardino Valley College kicker Jonathan Gonzales (Apple Valley HS) has signed with Division I Portland State.

He spent just one season with the Wolverines and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“It’s definitely tough finding a spot as a kicker,” he said. “It’s not like most positions where you have to recruit multiple players. Teams usually have just one kicker and there are a lot of good ones out there.”

Gonzales credited Hugo Castellanos, a noted kicking coach who works with athletes from all schools all over the Inland Empire. It was that connection that paid off in the end.

“He has been like a second dad to me and taught me everything,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales was 13 of 17 on field goal attempts, making a long of 52 yards twice, once against Southwestern and once against Santa Monica. He was also 44 of 44 on extra-points.

“They’re field goal team was just 3 of 16 so they were looking for someone with college experience that can come in right away and help,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales plans to major in athletic training.

Former Cal State standout Ivan Johnson signs with Mavericks

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Former Cal State San Bernardino basketball player Ivan Johnson has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

The 6-foot-8, 255-found forward started all five games for the Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal in 20.8 minutes pg.

He spent the 2013-14 season playing for the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls in China, where he averaged 26 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.9 steals and 32.8 minutes per game in 24 games.

His first NBA experience came with the Atlanta Hawks, who signed him on Dec. 9, 2011 after impressing the club in a mini-camp and earning an invite to training camp. He appeared in 56 games for Atlanta in 2011-12 and averaged 6.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 72.0 percent from the foul line. Johnson was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April. He ranked third among rookies in field goal percentage.

He re-signed with Atlanta on Sept. 18, 2012. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.0 minutes per game in 69 games (five starts) for the Hawks in 2012-13.

Johnson holds career averages of 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.8 minutes per game in 125 NBA games (five starts).