Kyman's return: The Cal State Northridge men's volleyball team, which finished last season ranked third in the nation, will play exhibitions against a group of former collegiate standouts tonight at 6:15 at Highland High in Palmdale.
The squad opposing CSUN will include former Matadors Mike Bird, Jeff Campbell, Neil Coffman and Raphael Tulino, as well as Hawaii's John Ribarich and Pepperdine's Jerritt Elliott.
Coley Kyman, an All-American middle blocker, is among the players who should see action for the Matadors. Kyman sustained a broken left clavicle Sept. 14 while playing quarterback for the Northridge football team.
Kyman has been practicing volleyball for the past week and Coach John Price said he might play as a reserve on the back row where he could hit and play defense without having to block.
The match is a benefit for the Highland High team, which is coached by Bird.
Unwitting outlaw: Matt Unger, starting setter for the Northridge volleyball team last season, will not play tonight. He is temporarily ineligible because of his participation in a beach volleyball tournament in September.
Unger, and several other college performers from such schools as USC, Cal State Long Beach and Pepperdine, unwittingly took part in the tournament based on last year's NCAA rule that allowed such participation outside a 26-week period that was considered "in season."
That rule was changed this year to prohibit participation during the school's academic year--much to the surprise of the rather large contingent of players.
Northridge has reported Unger's infraction to the NCAA. Long Beach did the same with regard to several of the 49er players and already has received word on its penalty.
Each Long Beach player who took part in the tournament will have to sit out one match. Northridge, which should hear from the NCAA next week, expects Unger to receive a similar wrist slap.