Coyote volleyball continues to dominate this season, winning 3-0 over the San Francisco State Gators when students filled the Coussoulis Arena Friday Oct. 9.
From the start of the game you could see the determination in the Coyotes to win.
Coyotes produced their best attack percentage of the season; the Coyotes hit .380 on 46 kills, 11 errors in 92 attack in their 25-20, 25-16, 25-16 victory over the Gators.
Student Sara Loza said, “The game was amazing! You could have seen the outstanding teamwork that our team had. We out-skilled and dominated the San Francisco team consistently throughout the game.”
Coyotes improved to 14-3 overall and 7-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Coyotes started with the serve in round one, followed by a kill by Malika O’Brien, which gave an early lead.
The Gators tied the round up just as quickly as the Coyotes could get the points.
The team went back and forth, and tied at 6 a service error when Coyotes gave the Gators the lead for the first time in the round.
Kills late in the game from Lauren Nicholson, O’Brien, and Brenna McIntosh gave the Coyotes the open shot to win the round.
Coyotes won the first round 25-20.
The momentum from the first round showed in the second as O’Brien and Nicholson each had four kills in the second to key a .419 average effort on the attack, which is the offensive action of hitting the ball.
In the second round Coyotes had 16 kills, while Gators had 13.
A serve from the Gators with a score of 14-19 gave the Coyotes all the fire they needed in taking a 5 point lead, ending the second round with Coyotes 25-16.
It was the first volleyball game for student Jasmine Olmos, who said, “I’ve always been into sports, but not too much into our school athletics. I really enjoyed seeing other students supporting our team. I will be going to many more games!”
Going into the third round the Coyotes were ready to take the sweep, however the Gators were not going to go down without a fight.
Going back and forth, the Gators and Coyotes battled it out in the final round.
The Gators could not find that spark to get the win, falling in the final round to Coyotes 25-16.
The loss, ended the Gators three game winning streak.
The Gators had a .126 hitting average on the evening, with 32 kills and 19 attack errors.
Their record dropped 7-9 overall and 5-4 CCAA.
CSUSB senior player Alexandra Torline said, “We worked hard together as a team and it showed tonight.”
Torline reached double figures with 11 kills and Nicholson at 10.
Coyotes Christner, O’Brien and McIntosh each had a total of 8 kills for the night.
Leading the Gators on the attack was junior Taylor Brownlee.
Brownlee finished the night with 12 kills on 33 swings for a .273 attack percentage.
Jaclyn Clark was second on the Gators with 8 kills on 23 swings.
Catherine Feathers led the Gators with 24 assists, Jaclyn Clark was tops on the team with 15 digs.
The Coyotes are now looking for 15 win of season, and making their way to the top.