Starting tonight in a home match against Cal State Monterey Bay, nationally ranked No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino will play three more matches -- all at home -- before launching into a highly hopeful post-season.
The Lady Coyotes keep rolling along, 21-0, after last weekend’s road wins at Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, California Collegiate Athletic Association Players of the Week honors keep going to players from other teams.
* Cal State L.A. hitter Karla Santos (28 kills, 23 digs, 4 blocks) racked up honors on Oct. 21-27. In last weekend’s matchups, won by San Bernardino in four games, Lady Coyotes’ defenders held Santos to .194 hitting in her home arena.
* UC San Diego’s Jessica Rieble netted national acclaim and CCAA honors for Oct. 14-20. Rieble had eight kills in a 3-game sweep by the visiting Lady Coyotes on Oct. 12.
* Last year’s CCAA Player of the Year Alexis Cardoza, a Lady Coyote senior, did rack up CCAA honors (52 kills, 30 digs, .431 hitting) for Sept. 30-Oct. 6.
Since that point, Cal State has watched other teams’ players win individual honors while continuing to hold up at No. 1 in American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II team poll.
Next week, Cal State closes its season against visiting Chico State and Stanislaus State.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Norco College, a 1-0 loser against ninth-ranked San Bernardino Valley College, came up one goal short for the second time this season. Including a scoreless draw against Victor Valley College, SBVC (12-2-2, 8-0-1) has had some close calls this season.
Marcella Gallo sent a through ball to teammate Nayeli Sandoval, whose 62nd minute goal provided the only scoring. Kerstin Lecon stopped five Norco shots to preserve the win.
Second place Chaffey (12-2-2, 7-1), ranked No. 12 in California, was on SBVC’s schedule this week.
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Sunday’s 3-0 triumph over visiting Cal State East Bay-Hayward was a must-win match for Cal State San Bernardino (10-2-3, 7-2-2), especially in a hard-fought duel against three teams with better records -- Cal State Los Angeles (13-0-1, 8-0-1), Cal Poly Pomona (10-4-2, 9-1-1) and UC San Diego (13-4, 8-3).
Frank Daroma assisted on two goals, two scores coming from players off the Coyotes’ bench -- Pedro Arellano and Jose Politron, who added an assist. Starter Joseph Hollimon scored Cal State’s third goal in that win over East Bay.
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Heading into this week’s play, third place San Bernardino Valley College (9-5-3, 2-1-1) was chasing Norco (7-6-3, 3-1-1) and College of the Desert (9-7-2, 3-2) in the five-team Inland Empire Conference.
SBVC will take on both sides in next week’s final two matches, playoffs riding on the outcome.
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Blasting its way into second place, the University of Redlands had a shot at Whittier College in Wednesday’s SCIAC Tournament semifinals. The winner will play either Claremont-Mudd or Occidental College in Saturday’s championship.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Citrus Valley’s third place finish, trailing Citrus Belt League champion Redlands East Valley, included Christian Fernandez and Ethan Romero claiming 8-9 points for the Blackhawks.
Fernandez, in 16:11.2, barely nosed out Romero’s 16:12.9 finish.
Juan Montes, Joseph Maytan and Arian Mayorga accounted for the 13-17-24 finishes in CV’s top five scoring.
This likely gets the Blackhawks into the CIF-Southern Section Regionals on Nov. 16 in Riverside. REV’s Matthew Casillas led a 1-2-3-4-5 sweep for REV on 15:11.
Citrus Valley’s third place finish, 91-98, behind REV, included Brooklyn Timm, Sophia Cantuba, Itzel Del Rio, Bridget McNamara and Kira Hooper accounting for 13-16-21-23-25 in the scoring.
Getting the edge on Citrus Valley, REV’s Ashlyn Walker, Mary Goebel, Sherry Cockerill, Jordan Dennert and Audrey Yoh inched its way into the runner-up spot.
Yucaipa, led by Danielle Gee, had a 1-7 finish in sweeping the team triumph.
GIRLS PREP TENNIS
Abigail Mistica, a sophomore at Aquinas High School, went up against solid No. 1 from Temecula Linfield Christian in last week’s Ambassador League tennis championships.
At Aquinas, Mistica is the Lady Falcons’ No. 2. Aquinas’ No. 1, senior Lexi Rojas, was off to China on an education-related trip.
“She might come back to be upset to find out that our No. 2 made CIF,” joked Lady Falcons’ coach Scott Smith.
Rojas, 23-1, suffered her only loss to none other than Linfield Christian’s Kat Matthews. That’s the same player who beat Mistica in the league finals.
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Citrus Valley’s Shreya Gurunathan, dropped a 6-4, 6-1, singles match in last week’s Citrus Belt League semifinals at the University of Redlands. She lost to eventual champion Layla Jimenez of Redlands.
COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY
University of Redlands distance star Tucker Cargile forged his way to a fourth place finish at last weekend’s SCIAC Championships at Pomona-Pitzer College.
In the men’s team portion, however, it came down to a remarkable duel between Sixth Street rivals Claremont-Mudd College and Pomona-Pitzer College, campuses located right across the street from each other in Claremont.
The two sides finished the 8-kilometer race knotted at 31-31.
Tiebreakers go to the team’s sixth best runner. In this case, Claremont prevailed when its No. 6 runner outdueled Pomona-Pitzer’s runner by one spot, 12th and 13th.
There was a difference of six seconds in that placement.
Cargile, a finalist in last spring’s men’s NCAA Division III 800-meter finals, was the only non-runner from either school in the top 16.
Redlands finished a distant third place (101 points).