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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Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team starts ranked 19th

Brenna McIntosh

Cal State San Bernardino will start the season ranked No. 19 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. It is the 15th straight year the Coyotes have begin the new season ranked as one of the country’s best.

The Coyotes have won six NCAA regional titles, 11 CCAA titles and earned 15 consecutive NCAA tourney berths in the 25-year tenure of coach Kim Cherniss.

Cal State will be coming back after what was a down season for them. The Coyotes went 21-7  but saw an impressive streak of 8 straight CCAA title come to an end. Even more impressive was a stretch of 14 straight appearances in the West Region final that also came to an end.

The Coyotes face three teams in the preseason poll — No. 8 Colorado School of Mines on Sept. 5, No. 12 Sonoma State on Oct. 2 and No. 20 Northwest Nazarene on Sept. 4.

Five West Region schools are in the poll with No. 11 BYU-Hawaii and No. 24 Western Washington joining Cal State, Sonoma and Northwets Nazarene. Five other West schools — including Cal State L.A. — received votes.

The Coyotes are led by senior two-time All-American MB Brenna McIntosh, who begins the season among the leading blockers among active players in D2 with 93 solo blocks, 353 block assists and 446 total blocks. Her first solo block in 2015 will make her CSUSB’s all-time career leader, surpassing Kim Morohunfola. She needs 53 block assists and 54 total blocks to also earn those school records.


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Leslie Whittemore back at helm of Redlands swim program

A familiar face is back at the helm of the University of Redlands swimming program as Leslie Whittemore has returned to head the men’s and women’s programs.

Whittemore first became the Bulldogs coach in 1996. While under her direction, the men’s program won seven SCIAC titles, the women’s program captured three SCIAC titles, and neither team ever finished lower than third place in the final conference standings. Her combined SCIAC dual-meet record over her first 14 seasons was 151–26.

Whittemore resigned in 2010, citing the desire to spend more time with her family which included two small children. They are now 6 and 9.

Whittemore’s husband Tom had been coaching both water polo teams when his wife resigned. Now he’s coaching just one.

“A lot has changed,” Leslie said, “The kids are older so they’re in school andTom is coaching only one sport so he is a little more flexible. It’s more manageable now. I’m excited about coming back and getting started again.”

Whittemore steps after Trevor Harp directed the program the five years she was away. Harp, one of her former swimmers at Redlands, resigned to accepted a teaching position in Riverside County.

Whittemore said she never really entertained the thought of coming back and didn’t know Harp planned on stepping down. But when he did she was ready to jump back in.

“I would have regretted not getting back in when I had the chance if I didn’t,” she said.

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