By Michael Sessions |Staff Writer|
When it comes to Cal State Stanislaus, the only word the Coyotes understand is WIN.
Cal State San Bernardino has once again come out on top, making them 25-0 against the Warriors dating all the way back to 2001. The 3-1 win has also stretched their current undefeated streak in the CCAA to five.
It was by no means an easy win however. The Coyotes had to travel north to the city of Turlock, an unfamiliar territory and surroundings to pull it off. It was home sweet home to one player though.
Reminiscent of when she was team captain and took her high school team to the conference title, Pittman High alumni Ashley Solis aimed to elevate her game even higher.
The first game of the night saw the Warriors go to the limit, but still came up short with the Coyotes taking it 25-21. Solis knew the area all too well as the sophomore capitalized on the homecoming to help her team with 10 kills and 12 digs.
The second game they suffered the same fate, losing 25-15 after CSUSB maintained the lead throughout.
Senior outside hitter Danielle Newcombe, who offered five kills and 14 digs towards the Coyotes success didn’t see the Warriors as a simple opponent.
Recapping on the game, Newcombe admits, “It’s always great to win on the road. We played well enough to win the first two games, but had a bit of a letdown the third game.”
The Warriors re-emerged to make the game 2-1, after a career performance from freshman outside hitter Joselyn Cervantes, who ended with 13 kills and 16 digs by the end of the night.
This didn’t scare the Coyotes away a single bit. Regrouping with head coach Kim Cherniss and rallying behind sophomore Brenna McIntosh, they put their heads back into the game.
McIntosh came away with a team-high 12 kills and added six block assists to keep the Coyotes on top. By the end of the night, they were able to run with the momentum and score 25-13 in the final game.
“It was really great to be able to come back in the fourth game stronger than we were the first two,” says Newcombe.
“Coming back from a loss can be difficult and we came back even stronger.”
This loss has serves as the Warriors’ fourth loss in five games, dropping their record to 1-4 in the CCAA and 4-9 overall.
Beating Cal State Stanislaus, CSUSB has improved their overall record this year to 9-4, continuing their NCAA legacy as one of the top volleyball programs in the nation.
Reaching the region finals the last 13 years, this year’s team has big shoes to fill, but they’ve been on the right track as of late.
The Coyotes will be facing the Warriors yet again this coming November, this time they will be taking the home floor in hopes of making it 26 consecutive victories against Stanislaus.
Showing again that the Coyotes are in it to win it.