The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.

In its first year of existence, the College of San Mateo volleyball team faces its toughest test this week.

Currently tied for second place in the Coast Conference North, the Lady Bulldogs host first-place Cabrillo Wednesday. Ranked No. 5 among California Community College teams, Cabrillo is the reigning state champion and is off to a 4-0 start in conference play this year.

It doesn’t get much easier from there as CSM takes on No. 15 City College of San Francisco Friday. CSM closes its three-game homestand next Wedensday hosting No. 21 Hartnell. All games start at 6:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs have proven a force on their home court though. With a 3-1 conference record, and 11-5 overall, CSM is riding a current seven-game home winning streak.