Volleyball snatches back-to-back wins from rivals

The SSU Women’s Volleyball team continues to dominate as they swept both Stanislaus and Chico in this weekend’s games.  On Friday’s match against Stanislaus the Seawolves were easily able to breeze past the Wildcats in three sets.  

SSU had a .356 hitting average in that game and combined 46 kills.  Stanislaus meanwhile was only able to achieve a .053 hitting average and 22 kills that night.  The Trojans, with a now 1-6 CCAA record, had to leave the Seawolf Den ashamed with the last set being a 25-9 punishment.  

The Seawolf girls didn’t dwell too long on that game as they knew the next game against Chico would be a much harder win. 

“We tried new things in practice all week as to how we were going to defend Chico’s hitters,” said senior setter Devin Shaver, “we knew it was going to be a tough match for us.” 

On Saturday night the Den was packed with supporters decked in blue as they all expected an exciting game, and that is exactly what they got.  

The Seawolf girls came away with a win in three straight sets the last of which was a nail bitting 25-21 set.  All the players on the court were forced to contribute in a large way as Chico held the SSU hitting average to a two year team low of .188.  

Despite the low hitting average Sonoma held the Wildcats with an even lower .109 average helped by Sonoma’s 12 blocks and Nicole Gragnola’s 15 digs.  Madelyn Densberger and Kelsey Hull both had eight kills each with Caylie Seitz adding another seven and both Rachel Andrews and Regan Richert adding another 6 for a combined 36 kills in the night.  

“Chico is a great team and they are always tough,” said junior middle blocker Richert. “We executed on all areas, and were able to keep them to a low hitting average.” 

“We were all kind of surprised how fast the game went,”said junior Ashley Robinson, another middle blocker on the team. “We were all prepared so that definitely helped, we were all just so pumped.”  

This win was big for Sonoma because besides beating a school rival the SSU ladies are now at their highest national ranking in the team history.  The Seawolves are now number 13 in the weekly American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll.

The Sonoma girls will be home all this week and weekend with a game this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against the San Francisco State Gators who are currently 3-3 in CCAA conference, and Friday at 7p.m. against Cal Poly Pomona (1- 5 in CCAA) and Humboldt State (2-4 in CCAA) on Saturday also at 7 p.m.