In the wild, coyotes are the tradionally the predators, a beast that stalks its prey, then attacks. But in Vermillion, Coyotes are the animal that's being hunted.
"If you are competitive you want that, rather be in first place with people chasing us instead of being in last place with nothing to lose." says head coach Matt Houk.
The Coyotes under sixth year head coach Matt Houk have had a remarkable season including a first place 9-2 record in the Summit League.
"I just think we have a lot of pieces in place right now and our team is playing with confidence right now and we are felling good about ourselves." says Houk.
One of those players feeling good about themselves is junior Kendall Kritenbrink who already has nearly 450 kills on the season.
"It's exciting we come in each day and focus on the opponent we have right infront of us and we focus on that early in the week and come in aggressive every day in practice." says Kritenbrink.
But having great regular season numbers mean very little Kritenbrink and the rest of her team.
"We can for sure make it to the NCAA tournament. I would like to see us do that and make history for USD, definitely make it to conference tournament and then the NCAAs."
As each day passes, the post season comes closer and closer and as teams try to knock the 'Yotes off from the top of the hill, but that is exactly the position the team wants to be in.
"If you are competitive you wanna be at the top and want people gunning for you and no doubt this target on our back is very big and that is the point we wanna get this program to and hope to stay here for a long time." says Houk.
And the way the USD is winning and recruiting, they look to be the team others are hunting…for years to come.