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
||Total Points (first-place votes)
||Cal State San Bernardino
||Cal State L.A.
||UC San Diego
||Cal Poly Pomona
||San Francisco State
||Cal State Monterey Bay
||Cal State East Bay
||Cal State San Marcos
||Cal State Dominguez Hills
||Cal State Stanislaus
Trisha (McCormick) Senyo has been named softball coach at Chaffey College.
She takes over a softball program that struggled last season, both in the win column and in having enough players to field a team. The Panthers were just 11-26 overall and 4-11 in Foothill Conference play.
She spent last season as an assistant at Riverside Community College, working primarily with infielders.
She has also coached locally in travel ball so she has a good grasp of the talent in the area.
“The biggest thing will be getting to know the ins and outs here at Chaffey but everyone has been supportive and helpful,” she said. “There is a lot of talent in this area and there is no reason we can’t turn it around pretty quickly.”
Senyo, 29, worked at Division II Sonoma State from 2010 to 2014, serving as an assistant softball coach and as strength and conditioning coach for all of the school’s athletic teams.
She was a standout athlete locally, excelling on the softball team in her four years at the University of La Verne where she was an All-SCIAC selection.
Senyo and husband Mike, a strength and conditioning coach at Whittier College, reside in La Verne.
Upland High School graduate Marquis Wimberly has committed to UNLV.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver is headed into his sophomore year at Chaffey College and was relieved to have the recruiting process behind him.
“The whole process is stressful, fun, there’s pressure. It has a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “Having the decision out of the way is a big relief. Now I can just work on getting better and showing what I can do.”
Wimberly had seven offers with UNLV joined by Idaho, South Alabama, North Arizona, Northern Texas, Georgia State and Weber State.
He said the campus atmosphere and coaching staff made the difference. Wimberly said he hit it off right away with new head coach Tony Sanchez.
“I liked the atmosphere of the campus and the town,” he said. “And I really like coach Sanchez both as a coach and as a person.”
Wimberly caught 49 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games last year for the Chaffey Panthers.
He said he is looking forward to competing for a starting spot in 2016. Typically community college players that move on to Division I schools are brought in to contribute right away since they only have two years of eligibility left.