What a week it was for the Cal Poly volleyball team.
First, San Luis Obispo High star Ashley Adams signs a National Letter of Intent to play for the Mustangs next season.
Then Cal Poly goes out over the weekend and wins the Big West Conference title outright, its first conference title since 1984 when Mustangs took the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (the precursor to the Big West) crown.
For the second straight year, the Mustangs will have to wait awhile before the NCAA announces the 64-team field for the tournament (Nov. 26). But this time around, Cal Poly knows its in and doesn’t have to worry about being overlooked because of schedule strength – or in the 2005 team’s case, lack there of.
But hosting a regional in the first and second round (there’s usually four in each region) will be tough out west this year, considering how many regional foes were ahead of the No. 16 Mustangs in Monday’s CSTV/AVCA coaches poll (for the record, Cal Poly is ranked 17th in the Rich Kern and 13th in the Pablo rankings:
3. Stanford 21-3
4. USC 23-3
6. UCLA 25-3
20. BYU 22-4
Other teams to consider for the postseason out West: No. 21 New Mexico State, No. 22 Santa Clara, No. 25 Pepperdine,
Note: The NCAA uses its own formula for determining postseason positioning.