By Inno Sita |Staff Writer|
CSUSB Volleyball team ended their winning streak against Sonoma State Seawolves with a 3-1 victory on Oct. 26 at the Coussoulis Arena.
The No.12 Coyotes hold an overall record of 16-5, they faced the 14th ranked Seawolves for the second time this season.
Starting with the first set, the Coyotes had an outstanding offense, leaving no chance for the Seawolves to outscore.
However, the Coyotes had quite a struggle to keep up for the rest of the sets.
“Some of the challenges we faced were their tricky fast offense and our mind was not in the game,” said Sophomore Outside Hitter Ashley Solis.
Coyotes fought back leading their team close to a win with a total of 20 points during the third set, however the Seawolves fired back with 25.
Coyotes offense attack led the team with 25 points while Seawolves received only 18 points during the first set,16 points on the second set, 20 points for the third and 19 points for the final set.
Junior Middle Blocker Tori May was once again unstoppable, firing a .545 percentage, smashing 13 kills and one block.
May continues to be the star of the team, setting a high 16 kills of the season so far, against SF State.
She gained her high percentage of .722 against Cal State East Bay.
Sophomores Brenna Mcintosh, Ashley Solis, and senior Danielle Newcombe had nine kills, two solo blocks and two assists.
“We played our best, but they definitely came with a mission. They played very inspired. They outplayed us and I guess we were not strong enough,” said Newcombe.
Newcombe continues to prove her powerful offense and defense skills, hitting a .261 percentage with nine kills and one block.
“We didn’t come unprepared but they were more fired up than us. They had a strong defense, but now we just need to learn from all the mistakes that took place. It will help us improve for the following games,” said Solis
McIntosh had a great block to help the team defeat Seawolves. She earned a total of high four blocks, keeping the defense strong.
Both teams were remarkable, Coyotes kept the momentum of beating Seawolves every year since 1995, while the Seawolves are compelled to break that tradition.
At the beginning of the season, Coyotes defeated the Seawolves at their first match.
However, they gained their great victory on their second match when the Seawolves put up a great fight.
“We are ready to go. Nothing should stop us. We will improve our defense and offense as a team,” said defensive specialist Arielle McCullough.
The Coyotes have defined what a quality team is this season by their number of wins and strong sportsmanship. No other team has been able to beat them so far.
Furthermore, Coyotes are still marching their way to postseason with the help of their head coach, Kim Cherniss, while preparing for National California Athletic Association (NCAA).
The Coyotes remain the top spot with an impressive record of 16-5 with 13 straight wins, showing that a team that has great communication skills and have been able to develop together.