Coyotes face Central Washington in West Regional opening round


For the first time since 2005, the Coyotes’ volleyball team will play in the NCAA West Regional away from its campus.

CSUSB volleyballThe 22nd-ranked Coyotes (22-8 overall) are seeded third in the regional and will face sixth-seed and GNAC runner-up Central Washington in their opening-round match in the 2012 NCAA West Regional, hosted by Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

The tournament gets underway Nov. 29 in Laie, Hawaii. Match times will be announced today, Monday, Nov. 19.

The Coyotes, who have won the last four regionals, won their seventh straight California Collegiate Athletic Association title and have won 19 of their last 21 matches heading into the regional. The match against Central Washington (21-7) is the first time the teams have played each other since the 2010 season opener in which CSUSB earned a 3-0 win in a tournament hosted by Western Oregon.

The NCAA tourney appearance is the Coyotes’ 13th consecutive — all under head coach Kim Cherniss.

Four teams from the CCAA earned tournament berths — Sonoma State, San Francisco State and UC San Diego join the Coyotes. The GNAC is represented by Western Washington and Central Washington and the Pacific West Conference boasts top-seed and host BYU Hawaii and second seed Grand Canyon.

The Coyotes have played four of the seven regional teams during the regular season. They earned two victories over Sonoma State and San Francisco State, split their two matches against UC San Diego and lost at Grand Canyon.

The regional semfinals will be Nov. 30 and the championship match is set for Dec. 1.

The eight regional champions advance to the NCAA Championships on Dec. 6-8 in Pensacola, Fla.

NCAA West Regional
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Canon Events Center, Laie, Hawaii
Host — BYU Hawaii
Quarterfinal matches, Nov. 29
No. 1 seed BYU Hawaii (21-3) vs. No. 8 UC San Diego (20-10)
No. 4 seed Western Washington (23-3) vs. No. 5 Sonoma State (22-8)
No. 3 seed COYOTES (22-8) vs. No. 6 Central Washington (21-7)
No. 2 seed Grand Canyon (23-5) vs. No. 7 San Francisco State (21-8)

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