By Alexandra Cannady |Staff Writer|
The Coyotes were dealt a loss of 13-8 by the Monterey Bay Otters as the opposition utilized a defense unfamiliar to them.
“They had a different house defense including their goalie and an extra field player in the cage, making it hard to get around,” said senior Shelle Kocher.
Head coach Sarah Reneker also admitted that her team was unprepared for the defensive set that the Otters put forth against them.
“Their defense was not common and rather difficult. I think we could have broken it down but we made it harder than it was as we tried too hard,” said Reneker.
The start of the match was rough as the Coyotes fell behind 10–3 at the half. The squad picked up their intensity; as they went on to outscore the Otters 5–3 in the final two quarters. Their effort however still resulted in defeat.
Captain Misty Vu brought her typical A-game, scoring three goals at the start of the match. Vu was supported by fellow teammates Shelby McCliman, Georgiana Bray, Meghan McCarthy and Jasmine Duran who each chipped in with a goal of their own.
The Coyote defense attempted to counter with seven saves in the cage by goalie Kelsey Purkiss.
The loss was especially difficult for the Coyotes, because they were unable to defeat their bitter rivals.
They have circled the date on their calendars when they will face the Otters again, hoping to avenge this defeat.
The second contest proved to be much of the same for the Coyotes as they were defeated by Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps, 18-10.
“By our second game the team seemed to hit a wall, we became mentally overloaded and exhausted,” said Reneker.
The Coyotes started the match on the right note, as they remained tied at three through the first quarter. Claremont captured the lead 7–2 at the height of the second quarter and the Coyotes trailed from there.
Although Claremont came away with the win, the Coyotes had ten impressive goals to show for their efforts.
Purkiss did her part in the cage, totaling 12 saves for the day.
“Overall, this was not our best weekend. I feel we did not show up to win we merely showed up to go through the motions and get by another day of play,” said Reneker about the matches.
Despite the loss, women’s water polo received unexpected but positive support from CSUSB’s fraternity Delta Sigma Chi.
“We aren’t exactly a popular sport so it was awesome to have a support system at our game,” said Reneker.
A member of the co-ed fraternity, Allison Carrasco, emphasized the importance of campus involvement from Greeks and how their goal is to support their fellow classmates on all levels.
“We very much appreciate support from Delta Sigma Chi, that almost never happens and we hope they continue to support us at our matches,” said McCliman.
With support from fellow Coyotes, women’s water polo has plenty of matches left to turn their season around and come away with a winning record.