Collings
CSSB

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Top-ranked Cal State-San Bernardino received a battle in its NCAA West Region opener against Alaska-Anchorage, but for the 62nd consecutive time the Coyotes were victorious inside Coussoulis Arena.

Senior Priscilla Collings had a team-high 13 kills as the Coyotes earned a 3-1 win over the Seawolves and advance to the semifinal round for the 12th consecutive year.

CSUSB extended its season-record winning streak to 28 and faces BYU-Hawaii in the semifinals. Fellow CCAA members Sonoma State and UC San Diego play at 5:00 p.m.

The 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18 victory was a test for coach Kim Cherniss' squad. The Seawolves had 10 1/2 team blocks and one solo from Robyn Burton.

However, the Coyotes were again too strong and received quality efforts from a host of players. Seniors Samantha Middleborn and Morgan Carty each had 12 kills (Carty with a .385 attack percentage) and senior Megan Johnson was strong with 11 kills and a .421 effort. Add in sophomore Danielle Newcombe's 11 kills and it's little wonder that they combined for a .324 attack effort on 63 kills, 19 errors in 136 attacks.

"This team is probably my best at taking instruction and applying it to the court,'' said Cherniss, who is in her 21st season at the helm. "They're fantastic players and that's why we have been so successful.''

But Burton and Jackie Mattisen, who each made the Daktronics All-West Region team, battled at giving CSUSB a solid test. They each had 14 kills and made the Coyotes work.

"They were impressive tonight,'' Cherniss said. "They matched up well against us. All teams at this stage are going to very good. That's why they're still playing.''