Volleyball defeats San Bernardino for first time in 18 years

The Seawolves took a victory for the books. For the first time since 1995 the Seawolves defeated Cal State Bernardino. This was Bernardino’s first conference loss. The Seawolves’ offense was on fire.  The Seawolves also fought hard against UC San Diego but lost in four sets.

The Seawolves took an set off of UC San Diego the final match score was  21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-10.  Kelsey Hull had 20 kills and 19 from Caylie Seitz. The third set was the deal breaker.  The Seawolves trailed close behind at 17-14 but then the Tritons pulled away. UC San Diego took the momentum for the rest of the match. The Seawolves stayed close until match four when UC San Diego took the lead to the end. The Tritons had better blocking than the Seawolves 10.0- 5.0 and only had one serving error compared to the Seawolves eight serving errors. Hull led the offense with 21.0 points with 20 kills, a solo block and 11 digs.  Libero Nicole Gragnola ran the defense with a match high of 23 digs. Madyelyn Densberger had 10 kills in the match. 

UC San Diego was led by Caitlin Brenton, who scored 19.0 points on 15 kills, a service ace and five blocks.  She hit a perfect .515 and also dug nine digs.  Danielle Dahle had a team-high 16 kills, while Sophie Rowe tallied a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs.  Heidi Sierks also hit a double-double, amassing 48 assists and 13 digs. Sonoma put up a good fight against the Tritons.

The victory against Bernardino was coach Bear Grassi’s first win against the Coyotes in his coaching career at Sonoma State.  The Seawolves’ offense was show casing. The team’s hitting average was a whooping 315 hitting average which included 61 kills in 146 attacks. Caylie Seitz hammered a match high of 18 kills.  Densberger and Hull added 13 and 12 kills. The Seawolves pounded balls to the ground all night long to defeat the Coyotes. 

This victory was a very special victory for the team. The Seawolves hitting average was higher than the conference leading Coyotes.  The Seawolves turned up the heat as the night went on.  The Coyotes took the lead in the second set but that did not make the Seawolves frightened. CSU San Bernardino forced five ties in the second set, pulling into a 14-14 tie, but the Seawolves pulled off five straight points.   The Seawolves continued to pull ahead into the fourth set in which Sonoma hit .471 with 16 kills in 34 attacks which led  to the match-clinching 25-19 win. The Seawolves held their own as the underdogs. The team was cohesive as a whole. They had good offensive and defense which led them to their victory.

Sonoma State will be back hammering balls in the Wolf Den before heading back out on the road for five straight matches.  The Seawolves will play host to Cal State L.A. on Friday night in the Wolves’ Den.