Coyote Women’s Volleyball team is still undefeated in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with a 9-0 record coming into Saturday’s game against CSU East Bay who is 2-7 in Conference play.
The Coyotes and Pioneers played three sets; the Coyotes were too much to handle for the Pioneers winning all three sets.
Player of the Week Tori May and sophomore Brenna McIntosh were the standout Coyotes who led the game with 27 combined kills against the Pioneers.
The night began with a kill by Alexandra Torline, and May was able to make a kill bringing the game tied to 12.
Outside hitter Kaitlyn Christner made a big time solo block to boost the team, then as May finished the Pioneers by killing her fifth ball of the set.
The set was tied at 14 before mid-blocker McIntosh set fire with her seven kills in the set, leading the Coyotes to a 25-18 victory. “Momentum took over and the team started to flow better,” McIntosh reflected on the second set.
Heading into set three looking to take the game, the Coyotes combination of May and McIntosh helped to a 15-10 lead.
The Coyotes held the lead, finishing the Pioneers in set three by a score of 25-17.
The Coyotes improved to a 13-4 overall record on the season with 13 games remaining.
At the halfway point of the season the lady Coyotes are currently undefeated in conference play (9-0) as well as 6-0 “We’re a young team and will go far,” said May reminiscing about their undefeated CCAA record and emphasizing on how they can only grow and get better with such a young team.
With their most recent win against the Pioneers the Coyotes have extended their current winning streak to 10 games, a season best. “Overall we have become better as a team, each player pushes the team and their position players to grow and holds them more accountable,” said McIntosh.
Junior mid-blocker May finished the game with 14 kills this only contributed to her amazing weekend racking up 28 kills on the weekend with a great attacking percentage of 63 percent on the weekend.
May wrapped up her impressive weekend by being named CCAA Player of the Week. It was a “big shock and I turned bright red when called out during practice,” said May. Her success and growth of becoming a strong athlete comes from the support from her teammates.
Number 14 Coyotes improved two slots in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) from last week when the Coyotes were ranked number 16.
“With a young team we need to stay focused; take one game at a time.” Coach Kim Cherniss said, expressing her feelings on the rest of the season and the success of a young Coyote volleyball team, but the goals of the team are no different; it is still to raise a banner in the Coussoulis Arena.
Coyotes are looking forward to their longest home stretch of the season from Oct. 25 to Nov. 9.
Come support your Coyote Volleyball Women at their next home game and watch all of the excitement in their efforts to go undefeated in CCAA!