Behind the sweat, dedication, and spandex is Sonoma State’s Women’s volleyball player Madelyn Densberger.
“I started playing volleyball in seventh grade when I moved to California to try and meet new people and to try something new and ended up loving it,” said Densberger.
Now this Sonoma State athlete has been selected the Molten California Collegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Player last week. This Seawolf outside-hitter, earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Seawolf Spike last weekend after leading the 24th-ranked Sonoma State volleyball team to a perfect 4-0 record, which included an upset victory over No. 12 Western Washington on Saturday afternoon.
“My goals for this season on a personal level are to be consistent and be more resilient on the court. As for team goals, I really want to beat San Bernardino this year and I think we can win a banner,” said Densberger.
While attending Saint Helena High School, Densberger was named the Napa Valley Register’s Co-Female Athlete of the Year in 2011, North Central League I South Division Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2010, and earned All-Napa County First Team honors, including the Newcomer of the Year award.
Not only was she successful on the court, but off the court as well, maintaining a 4.0 GPA her junior and senior year of high school.
She would not have been where she is today if it hadn’t been for the people who had a major impact on her life.
“My dad was had huge influence on me throughout all of my sports. He was my coach all through high school for basketball and always pushed me to be the best I could be and taught me to really be determined to succeed and not to give up.”
“My mom was very supportive throughout everything too. She would encourage me to try more and more things and always drove too and from practices with me and came to all my games,” said Densberger.
When it came time to figuring out colleges Sonoma Sate was close to her home. Densberger is from Saint Helena, which is in the Napa Valley area.
“I chose to come to Sonoma state for a few reasons. I already knew Bear and Michaela (teammates) and a lot of girls on the team, and I really wanted to play volleyball at the next level and this seemed like the perfect school to stay close and get to play,” said Densberger.
After college she does not plan on playing competitively but will always find some way to play because it is what she loves.