Pumping up for fall

photo courtesy Ben Delgado
photo courtesy Ben Delgado

photo courtesy Ben Delgado

By Shelby Hancock |Asst Sports Editor|

As students wind down for the summer, CSUSB Athletics is preparing for their upcoming seasons.

Fall 2015 CSUSB welcomes back men and women’s soccer and volleyball.

The men’s soccer team looks to improve and devote most of their energy to developing their roster on hand.

“Fortunately for us we did not lose a lot of players to graduation but we feel we have successfully replaced the ones we did lose and look to make gains moving forward,” according to head coach Stephen Ralos.

After ending their 2014-2015 season with 9-5-2.  the team is looking forward to next season.

“We feel good about the upcoming season. We are returning a large group of players from a fairly successful campaign last season and have added some much needed depth, maturity and experience with the incoming crop of players for the 2015 season,” continued Ralos.

The women’s soccer team is also excited to start preparing for their upcoming season.

“The overriding feeling I have at the moment is excitement. I am super excited to begin the preparations for a successful 2015 season,” according to interim head coach LeBaron Hollimon.

The coaching staff starts recruiting for upcoming seniors during their junior year at CSUSB, so rebuilding the team is not a concern for Hollimon.

“We have a very good recruiting schedule and plan, so for us losing seniors is emotionally taxing, but we shouldn’t be taxed too much ability wise,” continued Hollimon.

The team finished the 2014-2015 season 14-4. Their season came to an end with a tie during the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament.

With many returning players the team looks forward to similar success in the future.

“…in our style and system of play, the majority of the excitement will come from the dynamics of teams total performance,” according to Hollimon.

Volleyball ended their 2014-2015 season with a record of 21-7.

The team lost against Sonoma State, losing their opportunity to move past the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) West Regionals.

The 2014-2015 roster has four seniors, leaving a lot of team building for their upcoming season.

Students can look forward to some great volleyball and soccer at CSUSB come fall quarter.


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