Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team selected 3rd in preseason poll


Reigning California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women’s soccer Champion Cal State Los Angeles was predicted to also claim the 2015 Conference Championship title following a poll of the league coaches.

The Eagles collected 130 points and five first-place votes to finish ahead of their 12 counterparts. Cal State Stanislaus, which snagged four first-place votes was picked to finish second with 128 points.

Also receiving first-place votes were 2014 NCAA West Region runner-up Cal Poly Pomona (2), Sonoma State (1), and Chico State (1). The Broncos jumped up four spots from last season’s predictions and were selected third overall with 112 points.

Cal Poly Pomona returns few playmakers from last year’s team and with the loss of CCAA Defensive Player of the Year and leading scorer Alison Sauve. This season, interim head coach Vanessa Valentine will depend on Melissa Martinez and Daisy Duran to lead the Broncos offensive efforts. Martinez ranked second behind Sauve with six goals and three assists last season, while Duran chipped in five goals and dished out a team-high six assists.

Three CCAA teams begin the 2015 campaign ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Preseason national rankings. The Warriors are ranked No. 10, while the Golden Eagles debut at No. 18 and the Broncos at No. 20.

The 2015 season begins on Thurs., Sept. 3 with 11 teams — Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State L.A., Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Monterey Bay, Humboldt State, Sonoma State, and UC San Diego taking on their west-region foe 12-of-13 institutions kickoff CCAA play on Fri., Sept. 18.

 Here is the complete rundown:
2015 Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rank Institution Total Points (first-place votes)
1. Cal State L.A. 130 (5)
2. Cal State Stanislaus 128 (4)
3. Cal Poly Pomona 112 (1)
4. Sonoma State 109 (2)
5. Chico State 103 (1)
6. Cal State San Bernardino 98
7. UC San Diego 93
8. Cal State Monterey Bay 55
9. Cal State East Bay 54
10. San Francisco State 44
11. Cal State San Marcos 37
12. Humboldt State 32
13. Cal State Dominguez Hills 19

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David Martinez named baseball coach at Cal State San Bernardino

The chance to come home was too much for David Martinez to pass up.

Martinez, 39, who had spent the last three years as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Dixie State (Utah), has been named head baseball coach at Cal State San Bernardino, the school from which he graduated in 2004. It was also the first place he coached, having served as a volunteer assistant there for a year.

Displaying Martinez_mug.jpg“This is home. It’s where I grew up so there is a lot of familiarity,” said Martinez, who is still wrapping up loose ends at his previous job and plans to make the move next week. “I think it will be a quick transition. I am excited about the opportunity.”

Martinez is a 1994 graduate of Redlands High School and still has family in the area while wife Saraya has family in Yucaipa.

He is also familiar with the community colleges that have helped serve as a feeder program for Cal State in the past. Martinez played at Riverside City College under head coach Dennis Rogers, and later returned to Riverside as the Tigers’ pitching coach and co-recruiting coordinator for two seasons (2006-07). He left Riverside for UNLV after it won the California state title in 2007.

Martinez also has Division I experience, having helped the University of New Mexico to the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons in Albuquerque (2011 and 2012) and three seasons at UNLV (2008-10). At both positions he served as pitching coach and at UNLV, led recruiting efforts.

Martinez admits this job has little in common with the job he just left and it’s isn’t just about climate. Dixie State is a fully funded program with a six-figure operating budget, not to mention a spiffy on-campus facility, all things Cal State does not have, But he likes the vision of the administration and thinks those things will get better moving forward.

“I choose to look at the positives,” he said. “There is a lot of baseball talent in this area so there is no reason we can’t be successful.”

Martinez replaces Don Parnell who had headed the program for 24 years and was the second-longest tenured coach in the conference.

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Cal State San Bernardino favored in CCAA volleyball race

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For the first time in eight years the Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team comes into the season as the hunter, not the hunted.

The Coyotes saw their streak of eight straight CCAA titles snapped last year by Sonoma State.

But the preseason coaches poll reflects that most think coach Kim Cherniss and her squad will win that back.

The Coyotes totaled 136 points and snagged five first-place votes, finishing just slightly ahead of Sonoma State, which collected 134 points and a conference-leading seven first-place votes.

Cal State L.A. also received a first-place vote and is expected to finish third with 114 points.

UC San Diego, which is set to play host for the conference’s first-ever Championship Volleyball Tournament, was projected to finish fourth with 109 points.

Here is the complete poll:

2015 CCAA Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank Institution Total Points (first-place votes)
1. Cal State San Bernardino 136 (5)
2. Sonoma State 134 (7)
3. Cal State L.A. 114 (1)
4. UC San Diego 109
5. Humboldt State 105
6. Cal Poly Pomona 97
7. Chico State 76
8. San Francisco State 65
9. Cal State Monterey Bay 49
10. Cal State East Bay 48
11. Cal State San Marcos 41
12. Cal State Dominguez Hills 22
13. Cal State Stanislaus 18

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