A 25-5 overall mark and an eighth straight CCAA title helped Coyotes’ coach Kim Cherniss earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year honor, and her middle blockers duo of Brenna McIntosh and Tori May were named to the AVCA West Region team, the organization announced Wednesday.
The coaching honor is Cherniss’s sixth in her career — all with the Coyotes — as CSUSB enters this week’s NCAA West Regional as host and top seed.
McIntosh, who last season was a second-team honoree, proved there would be no such thing as a sophomore jinx as she set two match records this season on consecutive matches – attack percentage (.933 14 kills, no errors, 15 attacks) and block assists (15) on the weekend of Nov. 1-2. The first-team All-CCAA selection ranks first in solo blocks (43), first in total blocks (149), first in blocks/set (1.30), second in block assists (106) and third in hitting percentage (.351) in the CCAA.
May, who transferred from Division I Colorado State, played an equally impressive regular season for the Coyotes. She also was a first-team All-CCAA choice and ranks second in hitting percentage at .365, 11th in both block assists (75) and total blocks (90) in the CCAA. She also was a two-time CCAA Player of the Week honoree.
The 14th-ranked Coyotes (25-5 overall) play host to this week’s NCAA West Regional tournament. They take on Central Washington in Thursday’s opening round.
First serve is 7:30 p.m. and all seven matches this weekend will be played in The Den as Coussoulis Arena personnel are preparing for Fall graduation ceremonies Saturday morning.
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