Nov. 21, 2008

Courtesy Cal State San Bernardino Athletics

SAN BERNARDINO, CA. - Host Cal State San Bernardino advanced to the championship match of the NCAA Division II West Regional Volleyball tournament for an unprecedented ninth straight year Friday night with a 3-0 sweep of No. 5 seed Chico State.

The Coyotes, 27-3 and ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the West Region, will face California Collegiate Athletic Association rival Cal Poly Pomona (20-7) at 7 p.m. PT in Coussoulis Arena.

All-American right side hitter Jessica Granados led the Coyotes with 16 kills on .316 hitting with six digs and three block assists. Sophomore Jane Chafeh had eight kills on .500 hitting with two solo blocks. All-America setter Sara Hoffman had a double-double with 26 assists and 10 digs and assisted on two blocks.

Libero Meghan Haas and freshman defensive specialist Kelcie Tolan combined for 25 digs.

The Wildcats (21-11) were led by freshman Makenzie Snyder with 14 kills and two blocks. Senior Lindsay Macias, playing the final match of her record-setting career at Chico State, finished with nine kills, seven digs and three blocks. Erica Brick had 32 assists.

The Coyotes hit .265 for the match with just 12 attack errors while Chico was limited to .098 hitting with 22 errors.

CSUSB had the match in hand in the first two sets, winning 25-19 and 25-15 but the Wildcats put up a battle to keep the match alive in the third set before losing 25-21.

The set was tied 12 times, the last at 19-19 on a Chico kill by Gillian Heydorff. However, Granados responded with a kill and Samantha Middleborn and Granados blocked a Heydorff attack for a 21-19 advantage.

After a Macias kill made it 21-20, Granados delivered another kill followed by a Chico error and another kill by Granados for a 24-20 lead. After a Coyotes serving error, the match ended on a Chico attack error.

The victory extended the Coyotes long winning streak over Chico, now leading the all-time series between the two teams at 27-2. CSUSB has not lost to a Wildcats team since 1995. The Coyotes never lost to set to the Wildcats in three meetings this season.