After winning both of their games this weekend, the Sonoma State University volleyball team heads into the second half of their season on a seven-game win streak.
On Friday night, the Seawolves, who lead their conference, beat Cal State Stanislaus, who is last in the conference, in just three sets. Although the Seawolves started off slow, going down 4-0, they quickly came back and won the first set 25-18. In the second set, they showed that they were clearly the better team. They played with poise and confidence and won 25-14. In the final set, they quickly took over and won 25-11 to take the match.
Throughout the game, the Seawolves were aggressive and stayed very poised, which heightened the frantic play on the other side of the net.
The Seawolves all played their individual roles very well, making it hard for Stanislaus to stop. The win was a complete team effort throughout the whole game.
Madelyn Densberger led the Seawolves with 15 kills, Kelsey Hull had 12 and Caylie Seitz added eight. Calan Seitz had 20 assists on the night and Courtney Seda wasn’t far behind with 19. Kaitlyn Connolly played a huge role on the defensive end with 14 digs. Hull had nine digs and Calan Seitz added eight more.
The win brought the Seawolves record to 10-4 overall and 8-2 in conference. Stanislaus＊ record was 1-13 overall and 1-9 in the CCAA after Friday night.
On Saturday night, the Seawolves took on Chico State to end the first half of conference play.
Before the game started, the stands were packed with Sonoma State and Chico State fans, setting the scene for an exciting game.
In the first set, the Seawolves came out strong and ready to play. They quickly went up 5-0, and continued to dominate the set as they won 25-10. In the second set, Chico was ready to redeem themselves. Chico got to an early lead until Sonoma State came back and went up 16-15. Sonoma State won the set 25-22. In the set, there were five lead changes and the score was tied six times.
In the third set, Chico was able to get an early lead, again, and the Seawolves were never able to get it back despite nine tied scores. Chico took the set with a score of 27-25.
Although Chico came into the game with a record of 5-5, the Seawolves knew it was going to be a tough game.
※They always come out and get people,§ said Hull, a senior outside hitter for Sonoma State.
In the fourth set, it was a battle from the beginning. With five tied scores and two lead changes, the crowd went crazy. The energy in the stands helped the energy on the floor as well.
※We just tried to focus and get the energy up on the floor. They picked up their game a lot, so we knew we needed to bring it in the fourth,§ said Densberger, a junior outside hitter for the Seawolves.
Despite the energy and determined effort coming from Chico, Sonoma State was able to take the fourth set 25-21 and win the match.
※They play really well, so it was important that we won that game,§ said Hull.
Both Hull and Densberger were huge contributors in the game. Hull had 17 kills, with a hitting percentage of .455, and 21 digs. Densberger led all hitters with 19 kills, hitting .415. Caylie Seitz added 16 more kills for the Seawolves, but hit just .297 on the night.
Calan Seitz and Seda led the team in assists, with 32 and 22 respectively. Connolly had 13 digs.
※Now we are in our groove,§ said Hull. ※We finally found a spot where we are really comfortable.§
The win extended the Seawolves record to 11-4 overall and 9-2 in the CCAA. The game dropped Chico under .500, who now have a record of 7-8 overall and 5-6 in conference games.
When asked about their upcoming games, both Hull and Densberger said in unison, ※I＊m really excited.§
The Seawolves kick off the second half of their league at home on Friday at 7 p.m. against Cal State Dominguez Hills.