The Sonoma State Seawolves set out to protect their nine game winning streak Thursday against 15th place Cal State San Bernardino at Coussoulis Arena in San Bernardino. Kelsey Hull and Caylie Seitz dominated for all three games, as they combined for 34 kills and a .408 hitting percentage. This marked the first time in 19 years that Sonoma State swept San Bernardino in three games. This victory extended the Seawolves’ winning streak to double digits and put them up by two games in the CCAA standings with a 14-4 overall record, and a 12-2 record in conference play.
“Thursday we were all just gelling and feeling confident in ourselves. We just didn’t have everything together on Saturday and the pressure of being in first place got to us,” said sophomore middle blocker Rachel Andrews.
The first set was very eventful. CSU San Bernardino took a late 22-20 lead, but the Seawolves were able to score the next five points giving them a 1-0 match lead. The second set was all knotted up at sixteen, until the Seawolves scored another five unanswered points, and would eventually take the victory 25-22. In the third and final set, SSU never took their foot off the gas, as they lead the game the entire time to finish off the sweep of the Coyotes. Hull ended up with a match-high 19 kills, only one error in 38 attacks, and 11 digs on her way to her eighth double-double of the 2014 season. Seitz finished the match with 15 kills and four errors in 33 attacks. Sonoma won with their hitting, with a hitting percentage of .289, while holding the CSU San Bernardino Coyotes to .215.
Saturday, the Seawolves lost their impressive ten game winning streak as the Humboldt State Lumberjacks swept the Seawolves in three sets. The tune stayed the same for all three sets, as the scores tallied to 25-21, 25-21, and 25-20. This loss put the Seawolves only one game ahead of the Lumberjacks in the CCAA standings, as they fall to 14-5, and 12-3 in conference play, and the Lumberjacks improve to 14-5 overall, and 11-4 in conference play. Defense was the killer for the Lumberjacks, as their team would record a season high of ten team blocks. Humboldt also took advantage of Sonoma’s attack errors.
The second set looked promising, as the Seawolves took an early 12-6 lead. Humboldt then put up 13 out of the next 18 points, and finally won 25-21. Kelsey Hull and Caylie Seitz were the top contributors again, as Hull had a team high 15 kills, and Seitz contributed 13 kills of her own.
Sonoma State will travel to Pomona on Halloween this Friday to take on Cal Poly Pomona, with only seven regular season matches left. First serve is at 7 p.m.