Cal State volleyball team ranked fourth in West Region

The march toward the 2015 NCAA volleyball postseason begins with the NCAA regional polls and the Coyotes are in the No. 4 position in the West Region, the organization announced Wednesday on www.ncaasports.com.

Western Washington holds down the top spot in the West Region, followed by Alaska-Anchorage, Central Washington, the Coyotes, then Sonoma State, UC San Diego, Cal Baptist, Northwest Nazarene, Chaminade and Point Loma.

CSUSB (21-3 overall and 14-2 CCAA) is vying for its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the best among all West Region institutions.

The NCAA announces three regular-season regional polls (Nov. 4, 11 and 18), culminating with the eight-region, 64-team national bracket announced Monday, Nov. 23.

 

The top eight teams from each region in the Nov. 23 announcement move on to the national tournament.  The top seed in each region plays host to one of eight regionals Dec. 3-5 and the champions from each regional advance to the national championship Dec. 10-12 in Tampa, Fla.

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ESPN’s Shelley Smith makes stop at Chaffey College

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Chaffey equipment manager Justin Caudill enlisted the help of ESPN sports reporter Shelley Smith for a cancer fund-raiser.

A fund-raiser at Chaffey College on Friday organized by Panthers equipment manager Justin Caudill raised $2,300 that will go toward funding mammograms for women in the Inland Empire.

Caudill enlisted the help of ESPN sports reporter of Shelley Smith who spoke to the crowd at the event and answered questions on her recent experience with the breast cancer as well as on her storied career.

It was a bit of a whirlwind week for Smith who was in San Francisco for the Seahawks-49ers game Thursday night and was in Los Angeles for a interview with Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham Friday night. She left immediately from that work obligation and raced to Chaffey.

After speaking a crowd of about 80 following Chaffey’s volleyball match against Victor Valley, she event went over to the football field and took in a quarter of the prep football game between Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga.

“She couldn’t have been any nicer and easy to work with,” Caudill said. “It was a great event.”

It was the third fundraising undertaking for Caudill, whose mother is a 10-year survivor of the disease. His goal was $1,500 so he was pleased.

“I wanted to make more than we did last year and we did that so I am very happy,” he said. “I keep setting the bar higher.”

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Cal Poly Pomona’s Rosie Wegrich gets 400th win

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Cal Poly Pomona volleyball coach Rosie Wegrich netted her 400th win when her Broncos defeated Cal State East Bay 3-1 (25-19, 25-12, 21-25, 25-19).

Wegrich, in her 24th season, says she wasn’t aware of the looming milestone until after the match when she was informed of it by school officials. She was presented a photo and posed for other pictures with her team to commemorate the occasion.

“After that many no one really stands out,” she said. “They all mesh together.”

The Broncos (13-9, 9-5) haven’t made the playoffs in six years but Wegrich’s team is sitting third in the CCAA, and the top eight will go on to the CCAA Tournament which is having one in the sport for the first time.

The team is led by sophomore outside hitter Deanna Blaine (264 kills), versatile senior Nicoletta Stork (214, kills, 394 assists) and senior libero Zoe Herrera.

The team has shown a lot of promise but Wegrich is looking for more improvement which will help her team snap that playoff drought.

“We had a couple recent matches where we weren’t consistent,” she said. “It showed where we need to get better and we’re hoping to build on what we saw.”

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