Wolverines, at 10-0, retained No. 1 spot in State men’s hoops poll … Lady Wolverine runner 11th in State cross country finals … Redlands senior tabbed second-team NCAA Division 3 All-American.
Fourth-seeded Cal State San Bernardino’s women got the rematch they wanted.
Unbeaten California Baptist University, playing on its home floor, got the Lady Coyotes in last Friday’s NCAA Division 2 Western Regional volleyball semifinals.
One night earlier, Cal State took five games to dispose of Azusa Pacific, 25-10, 25-23, 19-25, 21-25, 15-13 – the Lady Coyotes’ 18th straight season of winning first round NCAA matches.
Heroics were pulled off by West Region Player of the Year Lauren Nicholson, plus All-Region middle blocker Hailey Jackson and freshman Alex Cardoza – 42 combined kills among them.
Cal Baptist, meanwhile, was nearly knocked off by eighth-seeded Sonoma State – a team in San Bernardino’s California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) – that took the No. 1 Lady Lancers to five games before they won their 29th straight match of 2017.
To secure win No. 30, Friday night was going to be huge.
On Sept. 9, the ladies from Cal State and Cal Baptist University (CBU) played at an Anchorage, Alaska tournament, of all places, and the Riverside school was on all cylinders – 25-19, 25-11, 25-9 – while the San Bernardino school was playing without setter Jayann DeHoog (51 assists against Azusa).
Kim Cherniss and Danny Scott, Cal State’s longtime coaching alliance, have learned how to fine-tune their teams for playoff runs.
On Friday night, the side was ready for the unbeaten Lady Lancers, led by the sister combination of McKenna Witt and Madison Witt – 32 combined kills against Cal State – All-Americans at Arizona State before transferring to CBU.
CBU finished its season at 29-1.
After all that, the winner still needed to face off against Western Washington for the regional championship.
The result was a three-game sweep in favor of the red-hot Lady Coyotes – Cal State’s seventh regional championship – who will square against No. 3 Florida Southern in the 8-team NCAA Division 2 championships this week in Pensacola, Fla.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The winning continues at San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) – not to mention the Wolverines retaining the State’s No. 1 spot in the poll.
SBVC swept the field at the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at Antelope Valley College-Lancaster – beating Rio Hondo College by 38, nipping Ventura, 84-83, then staving off Nor Cal’s De Anza College, 81-74.
This week, the Wolverines take on sixth-ranked Fullerton College in the opening game of the Riverside Tournament.
Five of the Wolverines’ 10 wins have come against ranked opponents — No. 15 Saddleback, No. 8 Copper Mountain, No. 19 Grossmont, No. 11 East L.A. and South No. 11 West L.A.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY
Alyssa Benavides, a Redlands High product, took 11th in the women’s State finals, leading San Bernardino Valley College to a 16th place finish.
Mt. SAC’s women edged Cuyamaca College-El Cajon by two, 93-95, for the team title.
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
University of Redlands senior Casey ChubbFertal, named second-team NCAA Division 3 All-American, is the eighth such selection during the years of coach Ralph Perez.
In fact, the previous two All-Americans from Redlands – third-teamer Richie Marquez in 2012 and second-teamer Ross Schunk in 2008 – both went on to play professionally in Major League Soccer.
ChubbFertal, whose Bulldog squad was deprived of an NCAA playoff berth after losing to Cal Lutheran University in the conference championship last month, was a midfield talent who scored eight goals and had four assists for the 12-0-2 regular season SCIAC champs.
ChubbFertal, from Eugene, Ore., was selected All-American by the United Soccer Coaches. He was named first team All-West Region for the second time this season, third overall.
He played more matches, 88, than any previous Bulldog in school history.