#CCAAvb Notebook: Can Anyone Touch the Coyotes?

#CCAAvb Notebook: Can Anyone Touch the Coyotes?

Schedule/Results | Standings | Stats  
The Week That Was
Three-time defending CCAA champion and unanimous preseason favorite Cal State San Bernardino is one of just seven unbeatens remaining nationally in the NCAA Division II, now at 12-0 overall. The Coyotes have come out on top of 13 consecutive sets since dropping their lone frame thus far in CCAA play during a 3-1 win at Sonoma State on Sept. 19. Head coach Kim Cherniss’ club has dropped a remarkable three games in their undefeated 2019 campaign. 
 
According to Wayne Cavadi of NCAA.com, and as mirrored in the current CCAA standings, Cal State LA remains the toughest test on the Coyotes’ schedule and the two go head-to-head for the first time of the season on Saturday.

Cal State LA is still undefeated in league play at 3-0, after beating Cal State Monterey Bay at the Otters' Kelp Bed in a fifth-set tiebreaker, and following it up with a Tuesday sweep of Cal State San Marcos. The Golden Eagles are alone in second place in the South, after UC San Diego was shut out twice before rebounding with a sweep to move to 3-2 in the South.
 
UC San Diego bounced back from those three-set defeats to Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino, with a sweep at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Tuesday night. The Toros thus fell in each of their first three CCAA tilts after a program-best start to the campaign through a perfect 7-0 non-conference ledger.
 
Chico State sits atop the North Division after taking both ends of the season series against Cal State East Bay and dropping Saturday’s five-setter to San Francisco State.

Sonoma State beat visiting Humboldt State, 3-1, and followed that up with another 3-1 decision over divisional foe Cal State Monterey Bay to sit in second place in the North. Stanislaus State split their home-and-home against San Francisco State as each defended their home court over the week as the two are knotted in league action to take up the third and fourth spots in the divisional table. 
 
CCAA Scoreboard                                
Friday, Sept. 27
Cal Poly Pomona 3, UC San Diego 0
San Francisco State 3, Stanislaus State 0
Chico State 3, Cal State East Bay 0
Cal State San Bernardino 3, Cal State San Marcos 0
Cal State Monterey Bay 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 0
 
Saturday, Sept. 28
Sonoma State 3, Humboldt State 1
Cal State San Marcos 3, Cal Poly Pomona 0
Stanislaus State 3, Cal State East Bay 1
Cal State LA 3, Cal State Monterey Bay 2
Cal State San Bernardino 3, UC San Diego 0
San Francisco State 3, Chico State 2
 
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Stanislaus State 3, San Francisco State 1
Chico State 3, Cal State East Bay 2
Cal State LA 3, Cal State San Marcos 0
Cal State San Bernardino 3, Cal Poly Pomona 0
UC San Diego 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 0
 
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Sonoma State 3, Cal State Monterey Bay 1
 
Payton Jensen Sets Gators Up for Success En Route to CCAA POTW
San Francisco State sophomore setter Payton Jensen dished out 98 assists over a pair of home victories against North foes to earn CCAA Player of the Week honors for Sept. 23-29. In Friday’s sweep over Stanislaus State, the Burbank product registered 41 assists, three kills, three aces and eight digs. Then in Saturday’s thrilling five-setter with Chico State, Jensen collected a career-high 57 assists, adding four kills and a block. The Gators pulled out a 15-13 triumph in the decider after relinquishing a two-game lead. Jensen is second in the league at 10.26 assists per set, with her 57 assists tied for the CCAA’s second-best single-match output.
Read more on Payton >>>
 
What 2 Watch 4
Top-ranked division leader Cal State San Bernardino plays host to South foes Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and Cal State LA on Saturday in its efforts to remain perfect for 2019.
 
The Golden Eagles face the challenging three-matches-in-five-days gauntlet of Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino on the road on Friday and Saturday, and UC San Diego at home Tuesday. That’s after the Tritons welcome Cal State Monterey Bay down to La Jolla on Friday.
 
North leader Chico State and second-place rival Sonoma State kick off the weekend festivities on Friday night in Chico. The ‘Cats then host Humboldt State on Saturday, while the Seawolves are at Stanislaus State, which entertains the Jacks first on Friday. North favorite San Francisco State is at Cal State East Bay for its lone tilt Saturday.
 
Mark Your Calendars                                
Friday, Oct. 4
Humboldt State at Stanislaus State | 5 p.m.
Sonoma State at Chico State | 7 p.m.
Cal State Dominguez Hills at Cal State San Bernardino | 7 p.m.
Cal State LA at Cal Poly Pomona | 7 p.m.
Cal State Monterey Bay at UC San Diego | 7 p.m.
 
Saturday, Oct. 5
Cal State Monterey Bay at Cal State San Marcos | 3 p.m.
Humboldt State at Chico State | 5 p.m.
Sonoma State at Stanislaus State | 7 p.m.
Cal State LA at Cal State San Bernardino | 7 p.m.
Cal State Dominguez Hills at Cal Poly Pomona | 7 p.m.
San Francisco State at Cal State East Bay | 7 p.m.
 
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Cal State San Marcos at Cal State Dominguez Hills | 7 p.m.
UC San Diego at Cal State LA | 7 p.m.
 
Match of the Week
62086123Fierce rivals Chico State and Sonoma State, who occupy the top two spots, respectively, in the current North Division standings, square off inside Acker Gym in Chico on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will be continuing a season-long three-match stand at home, where they are 2-0. The ‘Cats have already contested six five-setters in 2019, but are 2-4 in those contests. The Seawolves enter as winners of three in a row, all by 3-1 scores in Rohnert Park, and are 6-2 on their travels. They went 4-1 on a just-concluded home stretch, the only loss to No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino, 3-1.
 
These teams split their two meetings a year ago, each taking a 3-1 decision on the home court. The Seawolves pulled off a season sweep in 2017, and also won in Chico in 2016. Sonoma State will host the return matchup on Nov. 2.
 
Think Pink
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease, and every CCAA institution is doing its part at a volleyball match during the month. Did you know about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? We encourage all of you to be an advocate, a supporter, a champion for the cause as you or someone you love fights this disease that cuts across all ages, races, and even genders.

The CCAA’s matches to increase breast cancer awareness begin this week. On Friday, Cal State Dominguez Hills travels to Cal State San Bernardino for a pink match, and Saturday Cal Poly Pomona, Stanislaus State and Cal State San Marcos are slated to participate in the campaign. 

Events across the league span the full month of October, concluding Saturday, Oct. 26 at Cal State East Bay as the Pioneers welcome Cal Poly Pomona to the court. 
2019 CCAA pink game schedule >>>
 
Statistically Speaking
Through Oct. 2, Cal State San Bernardino leads all of Division II in hitting percentage (.315) and blocks per set (2.85), and is 11th in kills per set (14.36), 13th in assists per set (13.15) and 15th in opponent hitting percentage (.119). San Francisco State ranks seventh in team service aces (115), 13th in aces per set (2.25) and 15th in hitting (.270), with Chico State 20th in team assists (662).
 
Coyote middle Sascha Dominique is the individual leader in hitting percentage (.503), while also seventh in blocks per set (1.35). Teammate and reigning CCAA Player of the Year Alexis Cardoza is 12th in kills per set (4.31) and 13th in points per set (4.82). Chico State setter Brooke Ono is 23rd in both total assists (525) and assists per set (10.71), with Humboldt State’s Lenox Loving 22nd in attacks per set (11.24) and Cal State LA’s Daisy Crenshaw 24th in blocks per set (1.22). Bailey Johnson (17th, .403) of SF State and Jessica Rieble (19th, .398) of UC San Diego are in the top 20 in attack rate.
 
Poll Position
6210Cal State San Bernardino maintained its hold on the No. 1 position in the land for a third straight week in Monday’s latest AVCA Coaches Poll, receiving 39 of 46 first-place votes. The Coyotes (12-0) remain just ahead of fellow West Region power and unbeaten Western Washington (13-0). Cal State LA is still receiving votes outside the top 25.
 
For the 13th straight year, CCAA and national powerhouse Cal State San Bernardino has been picked to again hoist the CCAA trophy in 2019. After closing the 2018 campaign ranked No. 4 in the nation, the Coyotes received 12 nods by the league’s head coaches to earn the conference title, as well as a dozen votes to sit atop the South division totaling 67 points. Should the coaches’ prognostications ring true, the squad would earn a fourth-straight CCAA title and reign supreme in 12 of the last 14 seasons. 

The only CCAA sport which is still composed of a North and South Division, Cal State LA lands in second in the South followed by a tie at third between Cal State San Marcos and UC San Diego. The North’s leading vote-getter was San Francisco State with Stanislaus State, Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay occupying the final predicted places in the CCAA postseason field.
 
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