The NCAA released its initial regional polls on Nov. 3, and the Coyotes are in the No. 2 position in the West Region, the organization announced on

Alaska-Anchorage is the top team in the West, followed by the Coyotes, Western Washington, Simon Fraser, Cal Baptist, Northwest Nazarene, Cal State L.A., Central Washington, Chico State and Dixie State.

CSUSB (17-4 overall and 11-2 CCAA) is vying for its 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the best among all West Region institutions.

The NCAA announces two more regular-season regional polls (Nov. 9 and 16), culminating with the eight-region, 64-team national bracket announcement Nov. 21.

The top seed in each region plays host to one of eight regionals Dec. 1-3 and the champions from each regional advance to the national finals Dec. 8-10 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The CCAA Tournament champion and the GNAC and Pac West regular-season champions receive automatic berths into the NCAA field. The other five schools are at-large selections.

In another ranking, the Coyotes moved up one spot in this week's AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll.

CSUSB defeated Cal State San Marcos in three sets on Oct. 28, and then on Oct. 29 turned back UC San Diego in five sets for its 2-0 week.

CSUSB is at Cal State Monterey Bay (10-11, 5-9 CCAA) on Friday, Nov. 4, and Cal State East Bay (12-10, 8-6) on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Coyotes are the only CCAA school in the poll. Other West Region teams are No. 11 Alaska-Anchorage (23-2) and No. 15 Western Washington (16-6).

Concordia-St. Paul (22-2) is this week's top team.

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