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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SBVC basketball standout Kyle Benton makes college decision

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Sophomore forward Kyle Benton of San Bernardino Valley College has signed a letter of intent with North Carolina Central.

Benton averaged 13.4 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds, earning first-team All-Foothill Conference honors in helping the Wolverines to a conference title.

Benton, a graduate of St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, had a season best of 27 against Pasadena in a non-conference contest.

North Carolina Central University is located in Durham, N.C.  It went 25-8 and 16-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

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CMS volleyball team earns No. 8 national ranking

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s volleyball team is coming off the best season in school history. Well the experts expect the Athenas to bring that momentum into this season as CMS has earned a No. 8 national preseason ranking by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

CMS went 27-7 7 last season, advancing to the NCAA Division III quarterfinal before losing 3-2 to Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Coach Kurt Vlasich graduated just two players from that squad.

Calvin (Mich.) is ranked No. 1.

The SCIAC is also represented by Cal Lutheran at No. 5 while the University of La Verne was in the receiving votes category.

Here is the link to that complete poll.


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