The Coyotes continue to dominate at Coussoulis Arena as they swept their weekend at home against Chico State and Stanislaus State.
On Oct. 27, the Coyotes hosted Chico State on Dig for a Cure night.
Upon entering Coussoulis Arena, fans were greeted by the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Members of Zeta Tua Alpha handed out pink ribbons to raise awareness for breast cancer as part of their philanthropy week.
Fans who attended the game could also write supportive messages on pink paper ribbons for those who are currently battling breast cancer.
On the court, the Coyotes wore pink socks to support the cause. Libero Leilia To’omalatai wore a black jersey featuring pink numbers.
The team also welcomed four young cancer patients on the court during the national anthem.
Once the starting players were announced, each one of the four guests was given a white and pink autographed volleyball. Lauren Nicholson, Morgan Lyneis, Kelsey Osgood and Amanda Reifer greeted the guests and gave them their ball.
The Coyotes took the first two sets with ease, although the third and final set had to be fought for.
Set one (25-17) saw the Coyotes take off quickly by scoring two points in a row to begin. Chico answered back, but the Coyotes continued to push back, never trailing in the set.
By the time Chico had scored their 13th point, the Coyotes had already scored 20. They scored twice but were stuck at 22 points as the Wildcats scored three straight.
They quickly recovered, scoring two in a row, before allowing Chico to score again. The next point was the game-winner as a kill by Nicholson scored point 25.
Set two (25-18) again started in favor of the Coyotes, but Chico was quick to get on the board to tie it at one.
Once CSUSB broke the tie, they never trailed or tied again in the set. Another kill by Nicholson was the game winner.
In set three (29-27), Chico struck first. Throughout the set, the score volleyed back and forth between the two teams.
At one point, the Coyotes had a commanding 17-11 lead. However, Chico bounced back and pushed the score even at 24.
The Coyotes broke the tie, but Chico quickly tied it again before taking the lead. At 27-26, CSUSB fought back, scoring three consecutive points to win the set on a kill by Hailey Jackson.
The win moved the Coyotes overall record to 14-7 and their CCAA record to 10-3. The loss moved Chico’s overall record to 13-11 and their CCAA record to 7-7.
On Oct. 28, fans were asked to come dressed in their Halloween costumes to participate in a costume contest in between the second and third sets.
Costumes worn included a snowman, Steve Urkel, a vampire, a unicorn and a couple of elephants.
All three sets went in favor of the Coyotes fairly easily, but the third set did have to be fought for more so than the first two.
The Coyotes easily took set one (25-9), although the game got off to back and forth start. The teams tied at eight, but that was the last time Stanislaus would come close in the set.
The Coyotes scored 13 straight points to take a commanding 21-8 lead. Stanislaus scored once more, but CSUSB answered back with four straight to win on an attack error.
Set two (25-12) started similarly to set one as the scoring went back and forth. CSUSB took a 10-5 lead and never looked back.
At one point, they scored five points in a row to take a 16-7 lead. They then scored six points in a row to take a 22-9 lead.
They scored the game-winner on a blocked attack error, thanks to Jackson and Moria Murphy.
Set three (25-20) was the closest and hardest fought set of the night.
Stanislaus matched up with the Coyotes for the majority of the set. With the score tied at 18, the Coyotes went on another run of six consecutive points.
The set was won on a kill by Jackson with an assist from Jayann DeHoog.
The win pushed the Coyotes overall record to 15-7 and their CCAA record to 11-3. The loss moves Stanislaus’ overall record to 2-20 and their CCAA record to 2-12.
The Coyotes play at home again on Nov. 3 and 4. Nov. 4 will be senior day, as the Athletics Department honors the three seniors of the team.