Cal State San Bernardino not only brought a 9-0 women’s volleyball record into California Collegiate Athletic Association play last weekend against Cal State San Marcos and UC San Diego, but the Lady Coyotes made a shambles of the 2019 West Region Showcase.
Taking on teams in its own region -- possible opponents in the NCAA Division II West Region post-season -- Simon Fraser Univ., Alaska-Anchorage, Biola-Los Angeles and Point Loma-San Diego, each fell to the host Lady Coyotes.
Cal State landed outside hitter Alexis Cardoza and middle blocker Sascha Dominque on the all-tournament squad.
It came after the team was blown, by Florida hurricanes, to a pre-season tournament in Stephenville, Texas -- wiping out West Alabama, Minnesota-Duluth and Tarleton (TX) State.
All of which landed Cal State No. 1 in the national American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll. Along the way, the Lady Coyotes knocked previous No. 1, Duluth, to fourth in the poll. Tarleton was No. 10.
Once again, the Lady Coyotes are loaded with top area talent, namely Dominique of Redlands East Valley and Riverside King High’s Mikaela Grove, an outside hitter who transferred over from UC Riverside, not to mention Cardoza (Chino Hills) and Lydia Morohunfola (Eastvale Roosevelt).
Lots of firepower has landed from outside the area, including Stephanie Doak, a Missouri Western State transfer, plus setter Mehana Ma’a (Hawaii), who’s sharing the attack with Murrieta Valley’s Marlee Nunley.
Over a Friday-Saturday night homestand, Cal State swept San Marcos -- Dominique’s team-high 11 kills, a service ace, eight blocks and three digs -- and UC San Diego, getting contributions from up and down the roster.
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Cal Poly Pomona’s 3-2 win over Cal State San Bernardino last week was just a reminder on how close those two squads have been since 2007, the Coyotes holding a 9-8-4 all-time record against the Broncos.
Kevin Aguilar’s penalty kick goal in the 78th minute gave Cal State some hope, equaling the match at 1-1. Earlier, Jonathan Garcia, a Redlands East Valley product, set up Aguilar’s first goal to lift the Coyotes into that 1-1 deadlock.
It was the opening match of CCAA play, the loss dropping Cal State to 3-1-1 overall.
In a 5-0 win over Notre Dame de Mur five days earlier, San Gorgonio product Jesus Ortega set up an Aguilar goal. Garcia also scored.
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Heading into last Friday’s match against state No. 3-ranked Oxnard, a 7-1-1 ninth-ranked San Bernardino Valley College side was coming off a 7-1 win over Long Beach City College.
Redlands High product Jose Solis, who assisted twice and scored once, while teammate Cristian Uruttia scored twice and assisted on Cesar Becerra’s goal.
Long Beach took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.
Against Oxnard, Solis set up a Jason Hernandez goal, but the Condors pulled off a 2-1 triumph.
Top-ranked in California was Cerritos College.
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University of Redlands, cracking through with its first win, 3-1 over La Verne last week, came up with a 5-0 win over Pomona-Pitzer, Quinn Richard scoring twice with Steve Acuna scoring once and assisting on two others.
Even with its win over La Verne, the Bulldogs (2-4-1, 2-2) had to bounce back from a 1-0 deficit after back-to-back losses to Occidental and Whittier to kick off SCIAC play.
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San Bernardino Valley College’s non-conference finale against Cerritos turned into a showdown between the state’s 12th and 13th ranked teams. When the Lady Wolverines lost, it The school’s sports information director, Bill Norris, provided some research that helps describes the end of SBVC’s lengthy home field winning streak: Last loss after 57 straight non-losing matches, 54-0-3 -- dating back to a playoff loss to L.A. Pierce on Nov. 23, 2013.
Not counting playoffs, SBVC’s women scored 74 straight regular season victories.
“From what I can find,” says Norris, “the longest in women’s soccer was North Carolina during its glory years when it won 84 in a row.
“Stanford had a more recent run at home of 73 games.”
Both streaks, he reported, “included playoffs.”
Final score last Friday night: Cerritos 2, SBVC 0.
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Karen Jacobs went off the charts. The onetime Redlands High scoring striker who became All-State at San Bernardino Valley College, scored twice and assisted on her side’s other two goals in a 4-3 win over East Texas Baptist last week.
Louisiana State University-Alexandria improved to 6-2 off that win.
Jacobs, in fact, came off the bench in the Lady Generals’ victory, which included onetime Citrus Valley High midfielder Jordyn DeJongh in the starting lineup.
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Following a 1-0 loss to Claremont-Mudd and back-to-back draws against Occidental and Whittier, the University of Redlands picked up a 4-1 win over La Verne last week -- scoring coming from four different sources, Gabby Hart, Emily Falla, Skyla Wilson and Abby Nordquist, outshooting the Lady Leopards 23-9.
Three days later, Pomona-Pitzer beat Redlands (4-3-2, 1-1-2). Through its first six matches, Cal State San Bernardino has scored just four goals, which includes a 3-0 loss to Cal Poly Pomona in its CCAA opener last week.