By Devan Lee |Staff Writer|
CSUSB women’s volleyball clinches a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) title in their defeat against San Francisco State.
In addition to their seventh conference title, the Lady Yotes’ victory earned them their 13th playoff berth in the NCAA tournament.
Head Coach Kim Cherniss claims she is happy the team was able to earn another conference title.
“I am happy to see we were able to win again and maintain this tradition,” said Cherniss. “They felt really strongly about winning and were determined to be the team that didn’t break that tradition.”
According to SFSU game stats, the Gators went into the game with an overall record of 19 wins and 7 losses, ranking them 2nd in the conference.
The Gators had a total of 18 kills and 55 team attacks by the end of the opening set.
With a 29-27 lead, SF St. claimed a first set victory.
Despite their loss, the rest of the match ultimately belonged to the Coyotes as they won the next three consecutive sets.
The athleticism of players like Freshman Middle Blocker Brenna McIntosh provided CSUSB with the winning edge needed to defeat their opponent.
McIntosh ended the match with a total of 18 kills, 28 blocks, 23 block assists, and five solo blocks.
According to McIntosh, praying and listening to the right music mentally prepares her for a match.
“I like to pray before games, during warm-ups, in between sets, and listen to the right kind of play list,” said McIntosh. “Those are definitely some things I do to get focused for a game.”
The freshman’s efforts earned her the school honor of being recognized as a CSUSB Athlete of the Week at the age of 17.
In the fourth and final set of the match, the Coyotes achieved their victory off of a setting error by San Francisco State.
The Lady Yotes ended the night with a team total of 56 kills, 57 defensive digs, and 72.5 points.
The Coyotes also moved up to third place in conference rankings with their defeat against SFSU.
“This victory says a lot about the program itself, and that’s a good thing,” said Cherniss.
It is officially the end of the 2012 regular season for Women’s Volleyball.
Cherniss claims that the team’s main focus this far into the season is to simply get better.
“It’s like the last week before finals, you make a push in order to get better and not leave any stone unturned,” said Cherniss.
As far as physical preparation, Cherniss believes that focusing more on maintaining the physical integrity of the players is how she plans on keeping her team in shape for the post-season.
According to Cherniss, your body is used to a certain rhythm when in a game situation, and you don’t want to change that rhythm if you’re winning games.
“We will probably stop lifting weights a week before the tournament,” said Cherniss. “We want to pay attention to fatigue and maintaining that rhythm of the body so it becomes routine.”
CSUSB Women’s Volleyball will end the regular season with yet another winning record to add to their team history.