Volleyball conquers Stanislaus, falls to Chico

Sonoma State volleyball team had a 3-0 loss to host Chico State on Friday night at Acker Gymnasium in Chico.   

The normally confident and loud Seawolf offense was off  on Friday.  There was a spark of success from the middle blockers Robinson and Rachel Andrews.   They hammered  seven and six kills, without any errors in 28 combined attacks.  Robinson brought the heat and stuffed a career-high six.

The Wildcats took the lead from the start, using three Lindsay Quigley kills and a Molly Ratto service ace to jump out to an early 6-1 gain. They did not give it up the rest of the match. Sonoma State diligently   fought hard 12-10, but Chico State turned it up a notch with more kills by Quigley, Kristyn Casalino, Natalie Nordahl and Alex Shurtz to  fed  a 9-3 run to go up 21-13. Late kills by Quigley, Ellie Larronde and Torey Thompson sealed the deal for the ‘Cats in the 25-15 victory.

Sonoma State started strong in the third set with a 9-7 lead. The Seawolves were still up 13-12 when Chico State  used their offense that was on fire and started hammering balls by Larronde and Nordahl and three Sonoma State miscues to jump out in front 18-15. The Seawolves  once again fought back and stayed with the WildSoncats at 18-apiece, then the two teams proceeded to split the next 10 points. 

With the score 23-all, the Wildcats ended the match with back-to-back kills by Shurtz and Casalino, giving Chico State the 25-23 victory which won the match.  The Seawolves fought hard and stayed right with the Wildcats in the third set. The Wildcats only trailed ahead by two points.

The Seawolves did not spend time dwelling on their loss. They came back strong for the next match and defeated host Cal State Stanislaus in three sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-16) on Saturday night at Fitzpatrick Arena in Turlock.  

 Kesley Hull  pounded 11 kills against Cal Sate Stanislaus, Hull also dug seven digs, had four assisted blocks and aced one serve for a total of 14.0 points.  Caylie Seitz had 10 kills and hit .381 and Madelyn Densberger also contributed to the win with 10 kills, adding double-digit digs (13) and two assisted blocks.  Rachel Andrews was very effective  in the middle, hammering down  eight kills with only one error in 16 swings, a .438 hitting percentage, and four assisted blocks. 

Offensively as a team, the Seawolves hit .263 and dominated  the Warriors in every statistical category, including kills (46-25), hitting percentage (.263-.092), assists (43-24), aces (4-2), digs (66-49), total blocks (6.0-0.0) and points (56.0-27.0).  Nicole Gragnola led the way defensively. She was all over the back row with 23 digs. The Seawolves were in  charge for most of the match.

Sonoma State will play two more matches on the road before returning home for the final stretch of the season.  They will be playing Humboldt State at 7 p.m. then down south  to Pomona to face off with Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, also at 7 p.m.  The Seawolves  will return to home turf on Nov. 22-23 for the final two matches of the regular season.