With this five set win over Denver on the Pioneers home court on Sunday, the Coyotes clinched that first NCAA tourney bid and ended Denver's 3-year run as the Summit League Tournament champion. USD also beat a team who had beaten them twice during the regular season.
"It's just still so surreal and so amazing that we were to accomplish something so big for this program. I just can't stop smiling." said senior Haley Dotseth.
"It's been a crazy couple of days here just to be able to celebrate this championship and share it with these teammates and to bring home that trophy was amazing for us." says junior Anne Rasmssen.
USD head coach Leanne Williamson takes a veteran group into the NCAA Tourney lead by senior Haley Dotseth, the Summit League player of the year. Junior Anne Rasmussen, the league's defensive player of the year, and senior Taylor Wilson, who was the post-season tournament MVP.
"We knew that we had a pieces to have success this year with some of the main players returning, but the puzzle pieces still had to fit back together, and you saw some of the older girls take some of the freshman under their wings and helping them through some of the tough moments that you endure as a college athlete And you just saw the chemistry got better as the year went on, the confidence grew." says Williamson.
Now the Coyotes will wait until Sunday to see where they'll be going and who they'll be playing in the NCAA's. They know they'll be an underdog again, and that's just fine..
"You know no one expects us to go out and win the first round, but we have some legit defense, and I think we can play with anybody on any given day, I think we can beat anybody." says senior Taylor Wilson.
"Once we know who we play I think that excitement will take care of itself. They are going to be very determined again, they are a very self motivated group and you know our goal as a program is to ultimately win matches in the NCAA tournament, this is a good step, we'll just see what we can do." says Williamson.