By Anissa Vasquez |Staff Writer|
Coyotes Volleyball continue their winning streak as they move to number 22 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
The Coyotes headed up north to Seaside, California and defeated the Cal State Monterey (CSUMB) Bay Otters on Saturday Oct. 17.
Coach Kim Cherniss said, “we did a great job with our ball control skills, allowing our offense to be very efficient. Our serve and receive game allowed us to be in control of the match from beginning to end.”
The Coyotes won all three rounds with a score of 25-15, 25-19, and 25-15.
The Coyotes have now improved their record to 17-3 overall and 10-2 CCAA.
The Otters started off with the serve and an attack error by Coyote Alexandra Torline gave the Otters an early lead.
It did not last long.
The Coyotes would take control of the ball and dominate.
Coyotes and Otters tied the match at 1-1 and 2-2 in the opening set.
The Otters had a lead at 2-1.
After a kill from Ashley Solis, the Coyotes never trailed after taking a 3-2 lead in the opening set.
The Coyotes took a 7-2 lead over the Otters quickly in the first half.
The Otters tried to recover and battle, but the damage was already done.
Torline was once again the star player of the night.
She led the Coyotes with 15 kills in their sixth straight victory.
Cherniss is very proud of the performance of Torline in October.
“She is a force to be reckoned with for the other side of the net,” Cherniss stated.
Junior Abbey Vollkommer pounded four service aces which is a serve that lands in the opponent’s court with or without being touched.
Going into the second round Coyotes were ready to keep their momentum going.
After a few plays, the Coyotes took an early lead over the Otters 3-1.
After a service error by Kaitlyn Christner, it was all downhill for the Otters.
The Otters could not find their rhythm in time to win the round, losing 25-19.
In the second round, Torline again lead in kills, this time with six and Vollkommer had two aces.
Going into the final round Coyotes were looking for a clean sweep over the Otters.
This was the last chance for the Otters.
CSUMB started with the serve, hoping that they could turn things around.
But just like that, the Otters were already trailing the Coyotes.
Both teams battled it out, however the Otters were unable to score.
A few plays later the Otters were able to get points across the board.
However, the Otters were not able to catch up to the Coyotes who were leading 18-5.
As hard as they fought the Otters were not able to overcome the point deficit that they were in and lost the final round 25-15.
CSUMB kill leaders were from Anela Visesio with 13 and Jessica Malcolm with nine.
CSUSB Alum Frank Garcia said, “I am glad to see the volleyball team doing well this season, I hope they continue to do well and bring home another win!”
Coyotes are trying to improve their winning streak and get the 18th win of the season.