Volleyball ranked first in conference

The Sonoma State University women’s volleyball team soared through the weekend adding two wins over Cal Poly Pomona (3-1) and UC San Diego (3-0) to their already first place record in conference (14-3).

The Seawolves first traveled down to Pomona, which ended in four sets. Though the Broncos were the first on the board, SSU bounced back with two points of their own and for the rest of the set held the lead to win the first set 25-18. 

Though the Seawolves led the second set most of the way, it proved to be a battle towards the end as Pomona tied things up at 21. While never giving up the lead, points bounced back and forth and Pomona tied the score several times. SSU finally got two straight points to end the set (29-27) and go up 2-0. 

The third set started out like the first two with the Seawolves leading, but the Broncos bounced back to tie at 10 points apiece. They then took the lead until SSU tied at 17 and again at 20 and 21 before Pomona ended the set (22-25) with a kill.

The fourth and final set continued to be a battle by both teams. SSU led most of the way, but Pomona stayed right behind them. The first match point, the Broncos led with the Seawolves at only 22. With a kill by Caylie Seitz and two errors on Pomona, the Seawolves gained the lead and eventually won the set 28-26.

“I think as a team we came in a little complacent into the third game,” said Seitz. “With knowing we lost that one we knew we needed to finish it in the fourth by playing as hard as we could.”

Madelyn Densberger led the team in kills with 14 and had 2 blocks. Seitz trailed behind with 13 kills and 1 block. 

The following day the Seawolves traveled down to La Jolla to take on fourth-seed UC San Diego and ended their weekend with a sweep over the Tritons. 

“Being in first place we try to think about one game at a time because every team is out to get us,” said senior Regan Richert. “Before every match, our coach emphasizes that we have to write an ‘A’ paper every game. We have to perform perfect every match.”

The first set proved to be a battle, with SSU ending on top 32-30. The Tritons held the lead up until SSU tied the game at 15. From there the points went back-and- forth until a kill by Densberger and an error from the opposing team ending the first set. 

The second and third sets were led by the Seawolves, ending in a sweep by the Seawolves. Seitz led the game with 19 kills and Kelsey Hull added 11. Kaitlyn Connolly had a match-best 18 digs. 

“We just played hard together and for each other,” said Seitz. “We knew what we were down there to do, and knew what we had to do to stay in first place.”

With wins over Cal Poly Pomona and fourth place UC San Diego, the Seawolves are one game ahead of second-place Cal State San Bernardino with five games left in the regular season. The Seawolves return home for their final two home games this weekend in the Wolves’ Den. Both gameS are set to start at 7 p.m.