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Volleyball News

The members of the College of San Mateo women’s volleyball team are Bulldogs — as in the school’s mascot. But they also showed they have some “dawg” in them — an attitude that says, “Don’t mess with me.”

espite settling for second place in the Coast Conference North, the Lady Bulldogs have a good chance of hosting next Tuesday’s California Community College Athletic Association volleyball postseason opener. CSM has not hosted a playoff match since the team was re-established in 2016. Playoff seedings will be announced Thursday.

Cabrillo College came to the College Heights gym Friday night boasting an incredible 121 match Coast Conference win streak, having won 13 consecutive league titles (dating to 2007) and going unbeaten in league play since 2009. Cabrillo went 142-1 during those 13 Coast title runs — until Friday!

With a roster featuring one sophomore and a dozen freshmen, the College of San Mateo women’s volleyball team is a work in progress. If the Bulldogs can get to where head coach Katie Goldhahn believes they go, it will be a successful season for CSM.

The 100th season of sports at College of San Mateo gets officially underway Friday morning (Aug. 27) when the cross country team opens its season at the Crystal Springs Early Bird Invitational.

Through last season, CSM and West Valley had played in the same Coast Conference North. Because of a realignment prior to this year, West Valley moved to the Coast Conference South, meaning the Vikings and the Bulldogs have yet to play each other in 2019. That will change Tuesday night when CSM travels to Saratoga for a 7 p.m. start. “Everyone is excited,” CSM head coach Katie Goldhahn said. “West Valley has been on our side of the conference for the last three years (2016-18) … so I think our girls are super excited to see them.”

Right on the cusp of the California Community College volleyball rankings, College of San Mateo is in danger of falling out of the top 25 for the first time this season. Friday night’s four-set loss at Cabrillo (6-0 Coast North, 14-5 overall) is a tough one indeed but was expected to be. Cabrillo entered the night in first place in the Coast Conference North, one game ahead of the second-place Lady Bulldogs (4-2, 13-7). Riding a three-match winning streak entering Friday’s showdown, CSM continued rolling by taking the first set off Cabrillo. But after an equalizer in Game 2, the Bulldogs let a late Game 3 lead slip away en route to a 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-15 loss.

Ranked No. 19 in the state in the first women’s volleyball poll of the season, College of San Mateo (6-2) brings a 3-game winning streak home on Wednesday (Sept. 11) against No. 22 Sierra College (4-2) at 2 p.m. That’s part of a doubleheader that begins at noon – with No. 29 Foothill (2-3) playing Sierra.

Katie Goldhahn is heading into her “senior” season as head coach of the College of San Mateo volleyball team. Yes, this will be CSM’s fourth season since Goldhahn reestablished the volleyball program in 2016. As a cornerstone of the Encore Volleyball Club in Redwood City, she has built a network of local players, and that network has paid dividends in the overall roster number — 17 players — the Lady Bulldogs will carry heading into 2019.

In only its third season, the CSM Women’s Volleyball team posted a 20-9 overall record and qualified for the CCCAA post-season.