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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Inland college notebook: CSUSB, Cal Poly Pomona set for women’s volleyball showdowns

The last time Cal State San Bernardino’s volleyball team lost a CCAA match was nearly three years ago, when the Coyotes went to Kellogg’s Gym in Cal Poly Pomona on October 12, 2018 and came out on the short end of a 3-1 decision.

Thirty-four conference victories later and CSUSB would bring an 8-0 conference mark at Kellogg’s Gym on Wednesday night and face the Broncos 7-1 in a match that would attract the attention of the entire Inland Empire.

In addition to the classic matchup between two of the West Coast’s best Division II teams, there’s an added twist that the two teams will face again on Saturday at CSUSB’s Coussoulis Arena. There, the Coyotes will unveil their 2019 NCAA Division II Championship banner.

They will do so in a setting where they haven’t lost a match – any match – since 15 September 2015. After losing to UC San Diego, CSUB has scored 60 consecutive home victories.

CSUSB (13-3 overall) is ranked 12th in an NCAA Division II poll. Cal Poly (14-1) is in 22nd place.

The Broncos’ only loss came on October 1, when they moved to Cal State LA and lost 3–1. Since then, Cal Poly has vented his anger for that fault at Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-0), San Francisco State (3-1) and Cal State Monterey Bay (3-0).

In a Monterey Bay match, the Broncos set a school record for match hitting percentage, pounding the Otters with a .537 percent that destroyed the previous record of .506 set 37 years earlier against Cal State Northridge.

This season, Cal Poly has made a habit of efficient bloodgenerating. The Broncos rank fifth in NCAA Division II hitting percentage (.304) and have gone past .450 in four games. Against Monterey Bay, he scored an impressive .655 in that third set, scoring 20 out of 25 in the final set.

Cal Poly leads the CCAA in five categories: hitting percentage, opponent hitting percentage, kills, aces, and opponent blocks. Rookie Kennedy leads the conference in hitting percentage (.433).

Meanwhile, CSUSB overcame an unusually slow start with its distinctive ruthlessness. After that 3–3 start, the Coyotes put together a 10-match winning streak. He lost only five sets in those 10 matches.

Alexis Cardoza, the current CCAA and 2019 NCAA Division II Player of the Year, leads the conference in kills (3.89 per set) and points (4.46 per set). Sophomore setter Marley Nunley leads the conference in aid (11.11).

Middle blocker Jalyn Hayes, who is enjoying a breakout season, leads the CCAA in the block (1.09). Hayes, CCAA Player of the Week for Sept. 27-Oct. 3, second in hitting percentage (.412).

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The Lancers smash and win the clutch

The Cal Baptist women’s volleyball team pulled off one of their most notable victories of the Division I era last week in Las Cruces, NM, defeating WAC Power New Mexico State in five sets.

The 15-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 16-14 victory not only came after the Lancers dropped the first two sets, but broke several New Mexico State landmarks. This gave the Aggies their first conference loss of the season, breaking their nine-match winning streak, their 13-match regular-season winning streak and their 14 consecutive home conference match win streak.

The 17 murders of Tessa Oaks led to a balanced Cal Baptist attack that tormented the state of New Mexico. Christine Graf (14 kills), Anouk van Noord (13) and Sherin Dahou (10) also hit double digits. Dauhou was one of three Cal Baptist players to post a double. He added 16 digs. Setters Leah Pease (28 assists, 11 digs) and Hana Okuhara (20 assists 11 digs) joined that party.

There was an example for this. The Lancers defeated New Mexico State in their WAC debut on September 20, 2018. And that night, he also needed five sets to do the same. He came to the Van Dyne gym.

Golden Goal, Platinum Sequence

Courtesy of his golden goal, Collin ChubbFertal gets credit for giving University of Redlands a 1-0 win over University of La Verne in his SCIAC men’s soccer game last Saturday.

But Chubfertal’s golden goal in the 98th minute limited a remarkable sequence, where the Bulldogs completed 10 passes before the grad student ended the sequence with a low shot that was knocked out by La Verne goalkeeper Logan Reese. .

It was a brutal ending for Reese and the Leopards. Reese’s faced 40 shots, on 12 frames. He returned 11. He dismissed Avery Jacobson twice in the 67th minute. It was Jacobson who fed Chubfurtal with the final pass that established his game-winner.

23 Redlands to 9-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 at SCIAC, where the Bulldogs are six points behind first-place Clermont-Mud-Scripps. The Stags are ranked 20th in NCAA Division III.

A long-awaited Highlander high point

The UC Riverside women’s soccer team won its first Big West game in nearly two years on Sunday, trailing UC Davis 2-1, behind goals from Aaliyah Tua and Alexandra Hargrave.

Tu’ua’s 29th-minute goal and Hargrave’s second-half game-winner gave the Highlanders their first conference win since October 20, 2019. That too came at the expense of UC Davis.

The victory followed a 1–1 draw against Hawaii and a 0–0 double-overtime draw against Long Beach State.

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