Cal State San Bernardino senior goalkeeper Chelsey Jones earned a second All-American honor, this one from the National Soccer Coaches Association of American.
Jones, who earlier this fall was named a Capital One Academic All-American, was named to the NSCAA’s third team.
Jones, who was this season’s CCAA Defensive Player of the Year, set four school records and helped the Coyotes reach the NCAA West Region finals this year for the first time in school history. She set records in shutouts (season-13 and career-21) and victories (season-12 and career-23). She allowed just 17 goals in 23 games with a 0.70 GAA.
She is just the third Coyote in school history to earn both athletic and academic All-American honors in the same season, joining softball’s Anne Cordardo (1990) and volleyball’s Amy Pope (2001).
For the seventh time in the last eight years and the ninth time since 2001, the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes will play host to the NCAA West Regional volleyball tournament.
The event gets underway today. The Coyotes play in the last of four quarterfinals against Central Washington, a team to whom they lost earlier in the season.
CSUSB completed its regular season 25-5 overall and is the champion of the California Collegiate Athletic Association at 21-1; its eighth consecutive title. The Coyotes enter the NCAAs having won 22 of their last 23 matches.
The Coyotes are joined by fellow CCAA members Sonoma State and UC San Diego. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference is represented by Western Washington, Alaska-Anchorage and Central Washington. The final two teams are from the Pacific West Conference – reigning West Region champion BYU-Hawaii and Dixie State.
The entire regional will be played in the Physical Education Building, also known as “The Den,” due to Fall commencement ceremonies taking place in Coussoulis Arena on Dec. 7.
The NCAA West Region champion advances to the Elite Eight, held Dec. 12-14 at U.S. Cellular Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and hosted by Upper Iowa University.
Here is the schedule:
NCAA West Region
The Den – Cal State San Bernardino
Thursday, Dec. 5
12:00 p.m. – No. 3 seed UC San Diego (25-5) vs. No. 6 Dixie State (17-9)
2:30 p.m. – No. 2 seed BYU-Hawaii (24-1) vs. No. 7 seed Alaska-Anchorage (21-9)
5:00 p.m. – No. 4 seed Sonoma State (25-5) vs. No. 5 seed Western Washington (23-3)
7:30 p.m. – No. 1 seed Coyotes (25-5) vs. No. 8 seed Central Washington (15-11)
Friday, Dec. 6
5:00 p.m. – UCSD/Dixie State winner vs. BYU-H/UAA winner
7:30 p.m. – SSU/WWU winner vs. CSUSB/CWU winner
Saturday, Dec. 7
The strength of this year’s CCAA champion Cal State San Bernardino is the one-two middle blocker punch of sophomore Brenna McIntosh and junior Tori May and both were recognized as Daktronics All-West Region selections.
McIntosh was named to the first team and May to the second team.
McIntosh, who last season was a second-team honoree, proved there would be no such thing as a sophomore jinx as she set two match records this season on consecutive matches – attack percentage (.933 14 kills, no errors, 15 attacks) and block assists (15) on the weekend of Nov. 1-2. The first-team All-CCAA selection ranks first in solo blocks (43), first in total blocks (149), first in blocks/set (1.30), second in block assists (106) and third in hitting percentage (.351) in the CCAA.
May, a graduate of Redlands East Valley, transferred from Division I Colorado State. She also was a first-team All-CCAA choice and ranks second in hitting percentage at .365, 11th in both block assists (75) and total blocks (90) in the CCAA. She also was a two-time CCAA Player of the Week honoree.
The No. 14 Coyotes (25-5 overall) play host to this week’s NCAA West Regional tournament. They take on Central Washington at 7:30 p.m. in Thursday’s opening round.