With one more point away from their ninth-straight conference win, the Seawolves set in ready-position, awaiting the Golden Eagle serve. As the crowd stood on the feet and came together with a chant, the ball was put in play and just a few hits later, junior Caylie Seitz killed the ball over the net past all Cal State Los Angeles defenders.
The Sonoma State University Women’s volleyball team stands alone at the top of the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings after an impressive nine-game winning streak. Wins eight and nine were collected Friday and Saturday over Cal State Dominguez Hills (25-14, 25-11, 25-14) and Cal State L.A. (25-20, 25-13, 25-19) at the Wolves’ Den. The Seawolves played only six sets this weekend, sweeping both opponents.
The Toros from Dominguez Hills were the Seawolves first victim on Friday night. Sonoma controlled the match so greatly that the Toros would not score more than 14 points in any of the three sets.
On the night, Sonoma State hit .386 while the Toros were only able to muster up a .024 hitting percentage; due in part by the 27 digs the Seawolves made. Caylie Seitz led both teams with 13 kills and ended the match hitting an impressive .591. Dominguez Hills only lead once throughout the entire match, demonstrating the Seawolves’ dominance over their challenger.
As for team totals, Sonoma State led in every category over the Toros, including kills, where the Seawolves scored a total of 38 as opposed to Dominguez Hills’ 25. There were only six errors committed by Sonoma and an impressive nine aces.
It was an expected win for the Seawolves since the Toros were ranked last in the CCAA standings going into Friday. However, the next day, the Seawolves took on Cal State L.A., who was responsible for one of their losses this season. The Golden Eagles were in fourth place and looking to climb up the rankings with a win over the first place team.
Saturday night, Sonoma State battled to keep the Cal State L.A. from being the first to score 25 points. Their efforts were successful. Despite a tough battle, the Eagles would break the 20-point mark only once in the match which came in the first set.
From then on in the game, the momentum remained on the Seawolves’ side. Notably, Sonoma only needed one timeout in all three sets, which came just before the final point that won the match.
Senior Kelsey Hull led her team with 14 kills and a .778 hitting percentage. Caylie Seitz was just behind her with 13 kills and a .600 percentage. Her sister, freshman Calan Seitz, assisted in 11 of those kills and led the team with 23 on the night.
The Seitz sisters have undoubtedly been a big part of the Seawolves success this season. This weekend alone, Caylie, an outside hitter, and Calan, a setter, were responsible for either assisting or scoring in 75 out of the 119 total points that the team scored.
Some say that it’s hard to play alongside a sibling, due to a natural rivalry that takes place. However, Calan, the younger of the two sisters, thinks otherwise.
“Playing alongside my sister is awesome. I couldn’t be happier to have her as my teammate,” said Calan. “We work so well together that the only real competitiveness we have together is working against our opponent.”
Both sisters will assist their team to a CCAA championship this season, which seems in reach for the Seawolves. Sonoma State sports an 11-2 record in conference play and a 13-4 record overall.
This coming weekend is a trying one for the Seawolves as they attempt to hold onto their first place spot. They will face second place San Bernardino and third place Humboldt State.
Cal State San Bernardino is responsible for one of the Seawolves’ losses this season. However, senior Ashley Robinson believes that, as the team rides their current streak, the team is ready to fight to preserve their current, first-place position.
“I don’t feel any pressure this weekend,” said Robinson. “We are in a perfect spot, right where we want to be battling for the conference title.”
The team will face the San Bernardino Coyotes on Thursday and the Humboldt State Lumberjacks on Saturday. Both games will be played away at their respective campuses and first serve is at 7 p.m.