By Luis Escobar | Staff Writer |
The Coyote volleyball team earned their ninth straight win against the Monterey Bay Otters Friday Oct. 30 in the Coussoulis Arena.
With an overall score of 3-1, the Coyotes were able to prove to the Otters that they were dominate throughout the game.
Their victory left them with a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) record of 13-2.
Although the Otters started the game with a serve, senior outside hitter Alexandra Torline was able to return the ball with a kill, giving the Coyotes their first point of the night.
Torline’s skills were shown throughout the game as she was able to put out a very impressive 21 kills, with a total of 51 attacks.
Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Nicholson was just behind Torline in kills.
Nicholson contributed 14 points from kills and prevented the Otters from scoring with 12 digs.
The team was able to build up a healthy lead early in the first match.
Halfway through the first period, the Coyotes led against the Otters 14-7 with kills from Torline, Nicholson, Jayaan DeHoog, Malika O’Brien, and numerous attack errors from their opponents.
However, the Otters were able to turn the first match around to tie the game at 20-20, and take a two-point lead.
With a tense tie at 24-24, each team only needed two points to win. Two kills from Torline was enough for the Coyotes to regain their lead and win the first match with a score of 26-24.
Coyotes were able to start the second period with a serve and quickly gain a 1-0 lead with a kill from senior outside hitter Ashley Solis.
With three consecutive kills from the Otters, and an attack error coming from the Coyotes, the Otters gained the lead.
After trailing the Otters 4-1 early in the second period, the Coyotes were able to step up their game.They rallied to retake the lead and dominated the Otters for the majority of the second match.
A serve from freshman setter DeHoog was able to soar into the Otter’s court and successfully land within the boundaries to give the Coyotes their first service ace of the game.
Coyotes maintained their lead with constant kills, not letting the Otters tie up the game until the end of the second match.
With the match all tied up at 23-23, two kills from the Otters’ Amber Tygart gave the Coyotes their only loss of the four matches with a score of 25-23.
With each team needing two more match wins to take it all, the Coyotes pushed themselves to keep their winning streak on a role.
In the third period of the game, the Coyotes gave the Otters no chance.
Right away the Coyotes brought themselves up to a 4-0 lead with kills coming from Torline, Nicholson, and Solis.
A final kill by Torline gave the Coyotes a win in the third period with a score of 25-21.
At this point, the Coyotes only needed to win the final period to take it all, while the Otters needed to win two in a row.
The final period was completely dominated by the Coyotes.
A kill from Nicholson gave the Coyotes a score of 14-6, a more than double lead over the Otters.
Nicholson was also able to give the Coyotes the last point of the game.
With a score of 25-13, the Coyotes finished the night with their ninth consecutive win.
The following night, the Coyotes beat the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos 3-1 to give them their 10th consecutive win.