This Week in Cal State San Marcos Cougar Athletics: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6


SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Men’s and women’s golf, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer will all be in action this week for Cal State San Marcos Athletics.

Men’s golf will head to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the RJGA South-Central Preview on Monday and Tuesday.

Women’s golf is off to Hurricane, Utah, for the Dixie State Fall Invitational at the Sand Hollow Golf Resort on Monday and Tuesday.

Volleyball will continue California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play by visiting Cal State LA in a midweek tilt on Tuesday at 7 p.m. After that, the Cougar will come home to The Sports Center to face Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Men’s and women’s soccer will each begin a six-game homestand this weekend. The Cougars will first go up against Cal State San Bernardino in their Pink Out games on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. before taking on Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 30 – Tuesday, Oct. 1
RJGA South-Central Preview (hosted by Western New Mexico)
Albuquerque, N.M. – UNM Championship Course (Par 72, 7,378 yards)

1. Ryan Bisharat (San Diego/Cathedral Catholic HS)
2. Justin Vrzich (El Cajon/Cuyamaca College)
3. Matthew Moss (San Diego/Point Loma HS)
4. Sam Theijs (Rixensart, Belgium/Athéné royal de Rizensart)
5. Ben Hume (Yorba Linda/Yorba Linda HS)

Cal State San Marcos, Cameron, Colorado Christian, Colorado Mesa, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Dixie State, Fort Lewis, Garden City CC, Lubbock Christian, Midwestern State, Odessa College, Regis, Texas A&M-Commerce, Univ. of Colorado – Colorado Springs, UT Permian Basin, Westminster College, Western New Mexico.

THIS SEASON •CSUSM placed fourth at the Sonoma State Invitational on Sept. 17, finishing one stroke behind third-place Menlo College with a 49-over 913.
•Senior Ryan Bisharat moved up eight spots in the final round to finish tied for fifth with an 8-over 224.

RJGA SOUTH-CENTRAL PREVIEW •This is the Cougars’ first time playing on the UNM Championship Course.
•This marks the fourth Western New Mexico tournament that CSUSM has competed in as the RJGA South-Central Preview was previously named the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate.
•The Cougars were the 2017 WNMU Fall Intercollegiate co-champion with Texas A&M-Commerce with Bisharat tying for fourth with a 8-under 208 performance.
•The WNMU Fall Intercollegiate was previously played at the Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, Arizona.

Monday, Sept. 30 – Tuesday, Oct. 1
Dixie State Fall Invitational
Hurricane, Utah – Sand Hallow Golf Resort (par 72, 5,909 yards)

1. Jaime Jacob (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS)
2. Breann Horn (Lakeside/El Capitan HS)
3. Claire Hogle (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS)
4. Savannah Magallon (San Diego/La Jolla Country Day)
5. Emily Lichty (San Clemente/San Juan Hills HS)

Individual: Lauren Hickam (Carmel/Carmel HS)

TEAMS (Rankings by WGCA/
Dixie State, No. 3/4 Cal State San Marcos, Colorado Mesa, Colorado State-Pueblo, Concordia (Ore.), Dominican, Holy Names, Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Point Loma, Regis, Simon Fraser, Sonoma State, Univ. of Colorado-Colorado Springs

THIS SEASON •The Cougars won their opening season tournament, the RJGA Shootout at Estrella, last week in Goodyear, Arizona.
•Senior Jaime Jacob was the individual medalist after carding a 4-under 140, marking her 11th collegiate victory in 32 tournaments.

DIXIE STATE FALL INVITATIONAL •The Cougars have competed in the DSU Fall Invite only one previous time, taking fifth out of 13 teams in 2016.
•Seniors Savannah Magallon and Emily Lichty along with Jacobs were playing in their second collegiate tournament in 2016. Jacob tied for 21st, followed by Lichty’s tie for 23rd and Magallon placed 48th.

THE HUTTON FILE •Head coach Greg Hutton has been at the helm of the men’s program since the 2010-11 season and was named the women’s head coach in 2014.
•The CSUSM women’s team was the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championship runner-up, led by National Champion Jaime Jacob.
•Under Hutton’s leadership, the women’s team won CSUSM’s first CCAA Championship in school history in 2018 and the Cougars defended their title in 2019.
•In CSUSM’s first year of being a full-fledged member of the NCAA Division II in 2017-18, the Cougar men’s and women’s golf teams each qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships.

Tuesday, Oct. 1 – 7 p.m.
CSUSM (8-5, 2-2) at Cal State LA (6-4, 2-0)
Los Angeles – University Gym
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Saturday, Oct. – 3 p.m.
CSUSM vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (5-7, 1-4)
San Marcos, Calif. – The Sports Center
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PREVIOUS WEEK •CSUSM dropped a three-set CCAA match at No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino on Friday night.
•The Cougars answered with a sweep over Cal Poly Pomona in their CCAA home opener on Saturday.
•With Saturday’s win, the Cougars raised their home win streak to eight matches with two wins carried over from last season. This is CSUSM’s longest home win streak since the program began in 2011.
•As a team in the CCAA statistics, CSUSM ranks third in digs per set (16.09), third in assists per set (12.37), fourth in kills per set (13.16), fifth in aces per set (1.77) and sixth in blocks per set (1.93).
•Maddy Newcombe and Aleese Wheaton are tied for seventh in the CCAA statistics with 17 aces.
•Newcombe is also ranked in the CCAA block category: fourth in solo blocks (10) and sixth in total blocks (37).

MIDWEEK STOP AT LA •The Golden Eagles hold a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series against CSUSM.
•In their last meeting, the Cougars were victorious after registering a four-set win in Los Angeles over then-No. 12 ranked CSULA last November.
•CSULA went 4-4 in non-conference play this season.
•The Golden Eagles began CCAA action with a 2-0 record, registering wins over Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-1) and Cal State Monterey Bay (3-2).
•CSULA ranks in the top five in four of the five “per set” CCAA categories with an eighth-place ranking in digs per set (14.58).
•2018 AVCA All-America honorable mention outside hitter Karla Santos ranks third in the CCAA in kills per set with a 3.67 average.
•CSULA was picked to finish second in the South Division of the 2019 CCAA Preseason Coaches Poll.

PINK OUT VS. CAL STATE MONTERY BAY •The all-time series is knotted at 2-2 between the Cougars and the Otters.
•The Cougars have yet to relinquish a set to the Otters on their home court with their only meeting in The Sports Center finishing in a 3-0 victory on Oct. 28, 2017.
•CSUSM dropped a three-set match in Seaside last season.
•The Otters play two matches this week before coming to The Sports Center on Saturday. CSUMB travels to Rohnert Park on Tuesday to face Sonoma State before coming south to take on the Tritons of UC San Diego on Friday.
•The Otters’ lone conference win came in a sweep over Cal State Dominguez Hills last Friday in Seaside.
•CSUMB is second in the CCAA in blocks (91), thanks to Hannah Haveman’s 45 blocks this season which ranks her first alongside UCSD’s Jessica Rieble.
•CSUMB was picked to finish third in the North Division of the 2019 CCAA Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll.

THE LEONARD FILE •Head coach Andrea Leonard enters her ninth season in charge of the Cougar volleyball team, a program she has built from the ground up since arriving on campus in 2010.
•Leonard has a 168-110 (.604) record as CSUSM’s head coach.
•In 16 seasons as a collegiate head volleyball coach, Leonard holds a 260-236 (.524) career record.
•Leonard was CSUSM’s first-ever CCAA Coach of the Year after guiding the Cougars to a third-place finish in the overall standings in the 2017 season.

Friday, Oct. 4 – 12:30 p.m.
CSUSM (2-3-2, 1-1 CCAA) vs. Cal State San Bernardino (2-4-1, 0-1 CCAA)
San Marcos, Calif. – The Cage
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Sunday, Oct. 6 – 2 p.m.
CSUSM vs. Cal Poly Pomona (5-2, 1-0 CCAA)
San Marcos, Calif. – The Cage
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PREVIOUS WEEK •CSUSM began CCAA play with a 1-1 record as it took a 1-0 loss to Cal State Monterey Bay before picking up an overtime victory over Cal State East Bay.
•Jessica Harloe netted the golden goal for the Cougars in the 96th minute of Sunday’s match against the Pioneers.
•Prior to Sunday, the Cougars’ last overtime win on the road came against CSUEB in the 2017 regular-season finale.
•CSUSM is holding opponents to the third-fewest goals in the league at 0.63 per game.

CSUSM WELCOMES THE COYOTES •The Cougars have yet to lose a match against the Coyotes as they hold a 2-0-4 series lead in the all-time series.
•CSUSM has won the past two games against CSUSB.
•The Cougars are 1-0-2 when playing the Coyotes in San Marcos.
•CSUSB fell 3-0 to Cal Poly Pomona last Wednesday before earning a 2-1 win in non-conference play at Fresno Pacific.
•The Coyotes rank next-to-last in the CCAA for goals allowed with 14.
•Vidalia Abarca and Jessica Hernandez each lead CSUSB with two goals.

WRAPPING UP THE WEEKEND AGAINST THE BRONCOS •The Broncos head into the weekend on a four-game winning streak after defeating CSUSB 3-0 last Wednesday.
•CPP has the fourth-best scoring offense in the CCAA at 1.571 goals per game.
•Taylor Scott leads CPP and the CCAA in scoring with five goals and in points with 12.
•CSUSM and CPP are knotted up at 2-2-3 in the all-time series and are 2-2 when playing in San Marcos.
•Last year, the Cougars and Broncos had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Pomona.

THE RENNEISEN FILE •Head coach Bobby Renneisen enters his sixth year in charge of the women’s program and 14th overall at CSUSM
•Renneisen’s 2018 team made its second consecutive CCAA Tournament appearance in 2018 while also handing No. 1 UC San Diego its lone regular-season loss.
•Between 2006-13, Renneisen was an assistant/associate head coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams.
•As the women’s head coach, Renneisen is 38-33-25 (.526) for his career with the Cougars.

Friday, Oct. 4 – 3 p.m.
CSUSM (3-4-1, 1-0-1 CCAA) vs. No. 15 Cal State San Bernardino (3-1-1, 0-1-0 CCAA)
San Marcos, Calif. – The Cage
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Sunday, Oct. 6 – 2 p.m.
CSUSM vs. Cal Poly Pomona (2-3-1, 1-0 CCAA)
San Marcos, Calif. – The Cage
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PREVIOUS WEEK •CSUSM began conference play with a 3-3 tie at Cal State Monterey Bay before winning 1-0 in double overtime against Cal State East Bay.
•John Williamson’s penalty kick goal to the upper left corner of the goal clinched the victory for the Cougars against the Pioneers.
•Williamson is sixth in the CCAA for goals scored (4) and total points (12).
•CSUSM has scored the sixth-most goals in the CCAA this season with 12.
•Juan Camilo Salazar leads the conference for shots per game at 4.38 and ranks 12th nationally.
•Justin Tesar’s 27 saves rank third in the league and 57th in Division II.
•With four points to begin conference play, CSUSM sits alone in third place in the league standings.

CCAA HOME OPENER AGAINST THE COYOTES •The Cougars will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak against the Coyotes.
•CSUSM is 1-5 in the all-time series against CSUSB with its lone win occurring in 2008 at home.
•The Coyotes took a 3-2 loss at Cal Poly Pomona last Thursday.
•Pedro Arellano is second in the CCAA and third in the nation with three game-winning goals this season.
•CSUSB has the 15th-most assists per game in the nation at 2.20 and the 17th-best shutout percentage at .600.
•The Coyotes are currently No. 15 in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll.

ENDING THE WEEKEND WITH CAL POLY POMONA •After defeating Hawai’i Hilo 6-0 last Monday, the Broncos upset No. 15 CSUSB by score of 3-2 last Thursday.
•Nationally, CPP ranks 12th for corner kicks per game (7.33), 16th for assists per game (2.17), 17th for points per game (7.50) and 18th for scoring offense (2.67).
•Jimmie Villalobos is second in the CCAA and sixth in the nation for goals per game at 1.00 and ranks 16th nationally for points per game at 2.00.
•CSUSM is 1-4 in the all-time series against CPP but is 1-1-2 when playing in San Marcos.
•The Cougars’ lone win over the Broncos occurred in 2006.
•CPP has scored four goals in each of its last three games against CSUSM.

THE PULVERS FILE •This season marks the 14th season for head coach Ron Pulvers at CSUSM.
•Pulvers has a 114-89-24 (.555) record as CSUSM’s head men’s coach.
•In 24 seasons as a collegiate head men’s soccer coach, Pulvers holds a 240-160-38 (.591) career record.
•He was 84-42-24 (.640) while in charge of the CSUSM women’s program.
•From 2006-13, Pulvers led both the CSUSM men’s and women’s soccer teams.