By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Cal State Bakersfield junior forward Gyasi Zardes has been selected Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Soccer Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Zardes ranks third nationally in points per game (2.31), fourth in points (37), fifth in goals per game (0.88) and goals (14), seventh in assists per game (0.56) and ninth in assists (nine).
Zardes is the third MPSF soccer player to repeat this honor and fourth to win more than once.
Two other CSUB players -- seniors Jesus Sanchez and Kory Kindle -- were named first team all-conference. Second-team honors went to sophomore Andrew Devlin and and junior Lucas Dall'Orso. Sophomore Joe Masumiya was chosen as honorable mention.
The Roadrunners have qualified for the MPSF Tournament at the University of New Mexico and are seeded No. 2, which gives them a first-round bye.
CSUB will play in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday against Air Force, Denver or San Jose State, depending on the results of today's quarterfinals. Host and No. 9-ranked New Mexico is the top seed.
The tournament winner Sunday claims the MPSF's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
CSUB to join WCC in softball
Cal State Bakersfield will join the West Coast Conference for softball starting with the 2014 season, it was announced Wednesday.
CSUB is currently a member of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference and will continue in that league through the 2013 season.
The PCSC will already be smaller in 2013 after the Big Sky Conference added softball and took five of its members that have been playing in the PCSC.
With the WCC adding softball for 2014, too few members remain in the PCSC for it to retain its automatic qualifying status for the NCAA Tournament in softball.
CSUB will be part of an eight-team WCC. Joining the Roadrunners as non-WCC members playing softball in the conference will be UOP and Utah Valley.
Taft tops COS in volleyball
TAFT-- Chanel Cantere finished with 12 kills, 16 digs and three blocks to lead Taft College to a home victory over College of the Sequoias, 25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 25-10.
Sina Mauga had nine kills, nine blocks and seven digs and Tyra Williams had eight kills, 12 digs and three blocks for the Cougars.
Taft (16-7, 9-4 Central Valley Conference) will wrap up regular-season play on Friday at Reedley College.