Cal State San Bernardino 3, Central Washington 2

Nov. 18, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Cal State San Bernardino rallied from a 0-2 deficit to keep its dreams and winning tradition alive as the 3rd-seeded Coyotes defeated seventh-seed Central Washington, 26-30, 31-33, 30-16, 30-27, 15-8, in a semifinal match of the NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Pacific Regional Tournament.

"I'm proud of my team and their flexibility on the court,' CSUSB head coach Kim Cherniss said. "They are very unselfish kids and are willing to put the team first."

CSUSB's Traci Weamer led all players with 24 kills. She also added 17 digs and four total blocks. While teammate Shanon Humphrey with 15 kills and setter Cristien Trent recorded 58 assists and 18 digs. Also helping out defensively was Jessica Nelthorpe with 19 digs.

The win propelled CSUSB (21-7) to its sixth straight regional championship match appearance. The Coyotes will seek their third regional championship on Saturday against either top-seed Cal State L.A. or fourth-seed Hawaii Pacific.

"Tradition lives&I think I have a shamrock in my pocket or something." Cherniss said. "I think our program believes. That's the nice part."

After dropping the first two games, the momentum shifted as Weamer led the Coyotes with 7 kills in game three to put away CWU, 30-16.

For Central Washington (23-5), it was its first defeat after a 2-0 lead since November, 2002. Crystal Ames led CWU with 15 kills and Stephanie Powell added 14. Ames also added 14 digs to go with Darcy Scheidt's 17 digs.

The Pacific Regional championship match is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Eagles Nest on the campus of Cal State L.A.



-- Courtesy Cal State Los Angeles