Seawolves honor seniors, come out on top in conference play

The women’s volleyball team swept Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay this weekend in their final home games of the season and extended their win streak to four games. 

Senior players Kelsey Hull, Regan Richert and Ashley Robinson were honored in a pre-game ceremony Saturday night, celebrating their final game to be played at The Wolves’ Den.  

The team’s record increased to 18-5 overall and 16-3 in conference standing with three games remaining in the regular season. The team beat each of their opponents in three straight sets, averaging over 40 kills per game, 40 assists and a hitting percentage of over .300. 

“I thought the game went very well,” said junior Madelyn Densberger. “It was senior night and there was a lot of excitement. We came out really strong in the first game but got a little complacent towards the end, but we fought back and got the win.”

“It was an important win and I am glad we got it,” said Bear Grassl, head coach for the past 13 years.  “We are in a position to win the conference for the first time ever in the CCAA, and that’s a major achievement.”

Grassl led the Seawolves to their best season in its history last year, breaking the single-season record for most wins in a season with a 26-6 record, including an 18-4 record in conference matches. 

“We are having an excellent season,” Grassl said. “It is another excellent season on the back of what was arguably the best season in the history of the program.”

Sonoma State University is currently in first place in kills per set, assists per set, service aces per set and   points per set. They also boast a win percentage of .842 in conference and .783 overall. 

The Wolves’ Den was packed with cheering fans and family, erupting with applause each time the Seawolves scored.

“It was a great game,” said junior Steven Harrelson. “They played very well and it was a lot of fun to watch. I know they are going to do great in their final games of the season.”

The team begins a three-game road trip Tuesday against San Francisco State (10-9 conference) at 7 p.m. that includes Chico State (10-10 conference) on Friday and finish the season off with Cal State Stanislaus (2-18 conference) on Saturday.

“The biggest thing for us in these next few games is going to be staying calm and confident,” added Densberger. “There is so much on the line, we have never been in this position before.”

The team is currently up one-and-a-half games over rival Cal State San Bernardino and are looking to keep it that way.

“We have to prepare for our opponents, stay focused, and stick with the game plan,” said Grassl. 

Densberger added, “Ever since Sonoma State has been in the CCAA, we have never beat San Bernardino until last year, so it’s always exciting trying to beat them again.” 

“Volleyball focuses a lot on balancing and teamwork,” said Densberger. “Everyone has a very important roll, if our passer doesn’t pass it well, our setter cannot set it well, and in turn our hitter cannot hit it well.” 

“We’ve been working hard all year to make sure we don’t make mini vacations out there, and I think that’s what has made us so successful this year,” said Grassl. 

Densberger said,“When the whole team gets pumped up, it changes the game completely.”

For more information about the Sonoma State women’s volleyball team visit sonomaseawolves.com.